Title: The Healer's Apprentice
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Series: Hagenheim, 1
Length: 690 pages (iPhone)
Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis: Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
Favourite character: Hildy
Least favourite character: Rupert
Mini-review: I don't quite understand yet why this series is the most popular YA Christian fiction series. Maybe they get better as the books go on, but I didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping or expecting.
Rose annoyed me. Hildy was written as if she were thirteen and not seventeen. Rupert was in a sense absolutely unnecessary. And yet it still had it's saving graces. The last battle and the whole retelling, even if it follows it to a tee and is very predictable. I haven't even seen Sleeping Beauty and I knew what was going to happen.
Rose Roemer - Florence Pugh
Wilhelm Gerstenberg - Timothée Chalamet
Rupert Gerstenberg - Charlie Rowe
Frau Geruscha - Zoë Wanamaker
Hildy - Mimi Keene
Peter Brunekherst - Ray Stevenson
Osanna Gerstenberg - Daisy Waterstone
Gunther Schoff - Grayson Russell