The Captive Maiden: Happily Ever After …Or Happily Nevermore? by Melanie Dickerson, published by Zondervan is an action-packed romantic teen fiction – a retake of the Cinderella story with another twist – a good story (unfortunately weakened by poor editing).
Gisela, an orphan, is the victim of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters who use her as a maid and treat her cruelly. Gisela dreams of her “prince” and sneaks out to tournament where Valten, the duke’s son, will choose a queen of love and beauty to invite to the ball. Gisela’s beauty does not go unnoticed but the forces of evil personified in her stepmother plot not only to destroy Gisela’s chances with Valten but also to destroy her life.
Gisela soon finds herself prisoner to Valten’s worst enemy, Reuxler. And although Valten sets out to rescue her, the situation goes from bad to worse. Mentions of God, prayer, and salvation are creatively woven into the story and boosted by the presence of a delightful traveling evangelist.
Read my full review of The Captive Maiden in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.
And look for it in Assist News Services.
Janey DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © January 2014