Friday, August 3, 2018

The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson

From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes an inspired retelling of the beloved folk tale Aladdin.

Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.
Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.
Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?
An enchanting new version of the well-known tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means.

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About the Author:
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, 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 in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine. She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.

Our Thoughts:  (My son read this one - here's his take)

Aladdin has always been my favorite movie in the Disney Princess saga and this book, though, in my opinion, not quite as good as the Disney film, is an interesting re-telling of it. Taking into consideration that I usually prefer the original to the remake or sequel, I believe this is a very good recount of Aladdin’s story. It’s not the style I’m used to in a book, but it still managed to keep me wanting to read it, and invested me in Aladdin and Kirstyn’s romance. As usually happens to me when I read a good book, I felt as if I were in the story myself. The ending felt fulfilling and I enjoyed the hints toward other books in the series. The way the different characters’ stories tie in to each other, was well written and sometimes surprising. For the first book I’ve read in this series, it was enough to get me interested in starting another of Melanie Dickerson’s books.
I recommend this to all lovers of impossible romances and surprising twists.

I received this book courtesy of BookLook and Thomas Nelson. All opinions are my own and I was not asked to review this book positively. 

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