“The Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson takes us to early 1400s Hagenheim. When Gisela was seven years old she met the duke’s fourteen year old son, Valten. Then one year later Gisela’s father dies and she is left in the care of her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Over the next ten years to help her get through the monotonous days she daydreams about Valten. Then one day she runs into him at the market place. Valten is immediately drawn to her and soon decides he wants her for his own. Gisela does everything in her power to attend the tournament and ball that the duke is throwing and hopes to capture his heart. When Gisela’s stepmother tries to keep them apart, Valten has to rescue the damsel in distress. Gisela and Valten both rely on God to see them through and bring them back together safe and sound.
This book is a new take on the fairytale “Cinderella”. The author brings the “Cinderella” plot a new life as she incorporates God and faith into the story and also makes it into a story that adults will want to read and can relate to. This book is labeled as young adult but I think all adults will enjoy this book as it will take them on a new adventure with a beloved fairytale from childhood. This book shows us that when we have God in our lives and trust in him then all things are possible. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.