Review: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

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Review: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie DickersonThe Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson
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Pages: 306
Series: A Medieval Fairy Tale #1
Published by Thomas Nelson on May 12th 2015
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Romance

A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor.
A handsome forester on a mission to catch her.
Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.
The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.
The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

 

To start off I had no idea this was a romance novel. I really should have done more research, especially since the person who told me to read this loves romance novels. She pitched this to me as Swan Lake meets Robin Hood, set in 1300s Germany. I wish I had read the blurb before I started this.

The writing wasn’t bad. The plot moved fairly swiftly but it was your typical historical romance novel with a good dose of Christian preaching. Granted the religious overtones weren’t super present throughout, it did seem like a bit of an “after-the-fact” toss in. If you enjoy historical romance and retellings, then you will probably enjoy this book more than I did. It was a quick read (about 260 pages according to my iPad), and the characters are easy to understand.

The so called “twist” wasn’t really a twist at all, mostly because it was so underdeveloped. I felt like the story suffered because of the romance focus. I wanted more on the poacher that tried to kill Jorgen’s father – I mean he had similar arrows as Odette! Literally the only information we get about that mystery. The “bad guys” were really underdeveloped.

Two stars because I felt the writing was strong, and I liked the historical setting. But the characters were weak and that took a lot out of this for me. The relationships were absolutely cliche and at times really forced. Nothing felt real about Jorgen and Odette’s “love”.

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