Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest

GIVEAWAY

DICKERSON, MELANIE
THE HUNTRESS OF THORNBECK FOREST

"Swan Lake" meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region's most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave's game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave's game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?


My Review:

What a captivating read! Dickerson has a way with words that makes me feel like I've careened back in time to a fairy tale land where swoonworthy heroes are no match for their cunning heroines and where good and evil are in a constant battle. I love that she's started this new fairy tale series for adults! I've never grown out of my love for the genre and fairy tale retellings are among my favourite reads.

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest has all the essential ingredients of a beloved classical tale. A hero with an impossible task, a heroine who might just need rescuing (though she's pretty spunky!), plenty of subterfuge, a nefarious villain and, of course, the ultimate triumph of good over evil. But that doesn`t mean this read is predictable. It`s anything but! In fact, I got to a point where I couldn`t turn the pages fast enough in my desperate bid to find out what happened next. And through it all, the author maintains the cadence of storytelling from days of yore.  Simply put: the kind of read that makes your heart happy.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 21 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

43 comments:

  1. I have been wanting to read this one and pass it along to my daughters. Count me in.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Boos Mum. Good luck.

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  2. This one is on my TBR list - I really like that Melanie is recreating these fairy tales. Robin Hood is one of my favorites. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. You're welcome, Loraine. Good luck.

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  3. We all need and like to read books that make our heart happy!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. That's what the best books do, isn't it? Good luck, Pam.

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  4. What a neat idea, these authors are so creative! Sounds like a fun read.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I'm loving her fairy tale retells. Good luck, Patty.

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  5. I enjoy captivating reads and I know I could really get into this one.
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You definitely could, Deanne. Good luck.

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  6. This would be a new kind of story for me - would love to read it!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. I bet you'd enjoy it, Melody. Good luck.

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  7. This one would be a new kind for me too, but hey I'll give it a try cause I love its author. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. Nothing like being adventurous when it comes to selecting a new book. Good luck, Becky.

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  8. I've read a lot of wonderful comments on Melanie's books, but haven't read any of her books & would love to start with "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest". Thanks for your review, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh -- great first read by this author. Good luck, Bonnie.

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  9. I've been told this author is amazing, but I haven't read any of her books yet! This one sounds intriguing.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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  10. Sounds like another great book from Melanie Dickerson. Please enter me.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're entered, Cathy. Good luck.

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  11. My daughter and I have read all of Melanie's books (though I'm still waiting to read this one). We absolutely love her fairy tale retellings. I introduced my book club to The Merchant's Daughter. I know several of the women have gone on to read more of her books. They are considered YA but are certainly also appropriate for those of us who are older. Thanks for the giveaway of The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Aren't they awesome? And I agree, the YA books are great for 'grownups' too. Good luck, Pam.

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  12. I love a good retelling or fairytale mashup! I also like Melanie's books that I have read so far. I would love a chance at this book. Thanks so much!

    freda.mans[a]tgmail.com

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    1. It's such a thrill to spot the differences and similarities between classical and modern versions. Good luck, Freda.

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  13. Fantastic review! I love Melanie's books and I can't wait to read this one!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Sharing the same first name, I am interested in what this gal has to write. I have met Melanie and she is a sweetie! I would love to read this one, Kav. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  15. I have been watching postings of Melanie's novel, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, and would love to win a print copy! Thank you for opportunity, Kav, for happy hearts! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. It's getting rave reviews, isn't it? Good luck, Kathleen.

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  16. Thank you for this great give-away!! It sounds like a book I'd love to read!

    kyriemcalan at yahoo dot com

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    1. I'm sure you would love it, Kyrie. Good luck.

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  17. Sounds intriguing! Count me in, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  18. THIS.

    Count me in, please - janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You'll ove it, Janka. Good luck.

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  19. Robin Hood and Swan Lake what an interesting combination! I love Melanie's way with a story. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. She casts a spell this time too. Good luck, Merry.

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  20. I've been wanting to read this book for a long time!
    Thanks,
    Deborah
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com

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    1. It's one of the hot picks this summer. Good luck, Deborah.

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  21. I've been wanting to read this book for awhile! I've read a couple of Melanie Dickerson's other books and loved them, so I think I'd love this one as well. It sounds great!

    ~Alisha L.
    lishy2193 (at) aol (dot) com

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