“The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” by Melanie Dickerson
Publishing Company: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 12th, 2015
Quality of writing: 4 out of 5 stars.
‘”Swan Lake” meets Robin Hood when the beautiful niece 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?”
Thank you Thomas Nelson and Kerri Potts for the ARC copy. This in no way has affected my review.
“The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” was a cute young adult read. It appeared to be a bit more mature than Melanie Dickerson’s other fairy tale stories, and so that was nice. I also liked Odette a lot more than Melanie’s other female characters because she was more self-sufficient, and her life did not initially revolve around just getting married.
The more intelligent writing and the independent female character were great, but I don’t feel that “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” was for me. I am a sap when it comes to certain romantic cliches, but this book’s “sappiness” just did not do it for me. It wasn’t bad, I just have different tastes and so it was not my favorite. On the other hand, I can see a lot of different girls liking it, and that they would enjoy the guy character too. There’s also a dash of mystery surrounding the forest, so that was a good addition.
All in all, “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” by Melanie Dickerson was a cute, enjoyable read even though it was not my favorite. I would recommend it to young girls looking for a clean, light, and adventurous read.