{ARC Review} The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson @melanieauthor @ThomasNelson

May 14, 2015 Reviews, Young Adult 5 ★★★½

{ARC Review} The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson @melanieauthor @ThomasNelsonThe Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 320
Published by Thomas Nelson Inc on May 12, 2015
Genres: Christian, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fiction, Historical, Romance, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Publisher

A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor.

A handsome forester on a mission to catch her.

Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.

The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.

When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.

The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

YA Review My Thoughts

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was an easy sell for me. It was something a little different than I normally read because it is a period read, the cover is gorgeous, and I was told it was a blend between Swan Lake and Robin Hood. Umm, heck yes! Please sign me up. I really enjoyed The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest for all of those reasons and more. I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful. It felt lyrical. I don’t say that about books often because most of the time because that isn’t something that normally jumps out at me. Writing can be good, great, bad or even powerful, but Melanie Dickerson’s writing spoke to me in a different way than most books do. It felt like it had movement and life within it’s words. It really was beautiful.

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is a unique mixture of young adult and adult. I think it will appeal to readers of all ages. It took me a little bit of time to adjust to the story telling and pace of the story, but once I did I flowed right along. Odette lives a pretty privileged life compared to most people in her village, but she is such a caring person that she is always looking out for others. Even if it means breaking the rules to help them. You see, Odette is a poacher in the forest. (This is where Robin Hood comes in.) She sneaks into the forest in the dead of night to poach a couple of animals and gives them to her poor neighbors. The other aspect to the story is a really wonderful romance. And who does the romance involve? The new forester, of course. And he is intent on capturing the town poacher.

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest would make a great movie. I could so easily see it playing out on a big screen as I was reading it. Melanie Dickerson is a very vivid writer. It was one of my favorite things about the book. There is a religious element in the book, but I thought it fit great in with the time period and was handled very well. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest has lots of layers in it. I really liked the way all of the different storylines played off each other and wove together. This is a really nice clean romance with adventure woven in, that will appeal to all ages of readers.

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About Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is a two-time Christy Award finalist and her book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). . Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

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5 Responses to “{ARC Review} The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson @melanieauthor @ThomasNelson”

  1. kimbacaffeinate

    I immediately thought of Robin Hood, glad you enjoyed it for the most part and agree it does sound like it would make a great movie 🙂

  2. Lindy Gomez

    This story sounds interesting! I enjoy lyrical beautiful writing and a good romance! The cross between Robin Hood and Swan Lake makes for an entertaining premise. I’m glad you enjoyed this one overall despite having to make an adjustment to the story and pacing. Great Review!

  3. Lekeisha

    When I saw this book months ago, I immediately wanted to read it. It’s on my wish list so that I won’t forget about it. Great review!

  4. Yani

    This one should be on my TBR list! It’s very intriguing and I want to know the characters. Aaaaah I love the idea!

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