Sophie has been waiting for an opportunity to escape her evil stepmother at Hohendorf Castle in medieval Germany. When Gabe arrives claiming Sophie is betrothed to his older brother, Sophie must decide whether to trust him. This may be her best chance at escape. When the two are forced to flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they struggle with a growing attraction between them.
The Fairest Beauty was good, but could have been better. As with the first two books in this series, the story and characters of this one failed to evoke much feeling in me at first. As the story progressed, however, I grew much more interested.
I liked a lot about this book. The plot was good, and the characters were pleasant and interesting. Some of the scenes were memorable. The story is a creative and fresh retelling of Snow White. The clothes Sophie is wearing on the cover even resemble the Disney Snow White!
Some things I didn’t like. For one, the characters faint a few too many times. The book suffers a number of lapses in continuity, accuracy, and writing quality. It also repeats themes and character traits from the first two books.
I also don’t understand an idea the book often states that a person can be “born to be a duchess” and thus it’s unjust for her to be a servant. How can any person be born above another? It’s as if Sophie’s mistreatment is wrong because of her noble birth and not because she’s a human being. It’s as if it would be acceptable for Sophie to be mistreated if she really were just a servant.
I do enjoy reading these books, I just think they could be better. I will keep reading for the same reason I started the series in the first place; a book later in the series has a great cover. Oh, yes, I do judge books by their covers.
I recommend this to:
- Anyone who likes historical romances.
- Teen girls.
Have you read any books in the Hagenheim series? Do you agree with my review?