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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson Book Review

It’s Novel Nerd!

The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson _ Zainey Laney

This is the story of Rapunzel, But you have never hear it like this before. However, Rapunzel has lived alone with her mother all her life. While her mother provides for her, she forbids her to read or meet men.

When Rapunzel meets Sir Gerek, both of those rules are broken. Rapunzel finds the strength to find work at the castle and in so doing discovers the real truth of who she is.

I thoroughly enjoyed this spin on the story. The characters were deep and the story kept moving at a good pace. If you like period dramas, especially with a familiar theme, I recommend this one for sure!

The Golden Braid is available on AMAZON in kindle, audible, MP3, and hardcover formats. Not currently available on available on Google Play.

Available: Nov 17

Press Summary:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower…

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man. She paints beautiful flowering vines on the walls of her plaster houses. She sings so sweetly she can coax even a beast to sleep. But there are two things she is afraid her mother might never allow her to do: learn to read and marry.

Fiercely devoted to Rapunzel, her mother is suspicious of every man who so much as looks at her daughter and warns her that no man can be trusted. After a young village farmer asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides to move them once again—this time, to the large city of Hagenheim.

The journey proves treacherous, and after being rescued by a knight—Sir Gerek—Rapunzel, in turn, rescues him farther down the road. As a result, Sir Gerek agrees to repay his debt to Rapunzel by teaching her to read. Could there be more to him than his arrogance and desire to marry for riches and position?

As Rapunzel acclimates to life in a new city, she uncovers a mystery that will forever change her life. In this Rapunzel story unlike any other, a world of secrets and treachery are about to be revealed after seventeen years. How will Rapunzel finally take control of her own destiny? And who will prove faithful to a lowly peasant girl with no one to turn to?


Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.


Unitl Next Time:

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney


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Meet my September #ZaineyFriends (Part 2)

When you are part of social media, blogging, or a youtuber, it is very important to be a part of a community and to be sharing content besides your own. In the Geeks & Beauties Google Community that I run, we try very hard to support and encourage each other’s endeavors. One of the ways I personally do this is starting to highlight people people on my blog and youtube channel. Here is part 2 of 3 people who will be featured on my site during the month of September. Starting in October, this will happen weekly.

If you are interested in being featured on my blog or social media, make sure you join Geeks and Beauties and send me a message! (Or visit any of my social media above!)

Our first featured person is Lyn. Here is a little bit about herself:


Hi!  My name is Lyn and I am a proud wife and Mom to two boys.  I love reading and books are a huge passion for me. I also love talking about beauty and trying diy crafts with my family.  I have only been blogging a short time but am amazed at the feeling of connection and community.  I feel like it has given me a whole new social circle, and I am learning so much. 
I am a huge nerd.  My husband and I bonded over our love of video games. Firefly and Star Wars.  If it’s sci-fi, I will probably enjoy it!
About my work:
I enjoy reviewing products both on my blog and on Amazon for review groups.  I have also been extremely lucky and had the opportunity to do several book reviews.  I am finding a new love for urban fantasy and discovering some great new science fiction authors!  I love learning about products and services that will enhance life for my family and myself, and am happy to talk about anything and everything I find innovative and helpful.  I would love to connect with other Moms, bloggers, geeks and really anyone out there!
For a sample of Lyn’s BLOG, where she attempts to make ICE CHALK from a Pinterest post.
One of Lyn’s videos will be featured on the sidebar on the right for the month of September. Here is a youtube video to get you started!


Feel free to contact Lyn or check out her social media linked below!





Make sure you are subscribed above to see another featured person this week!


So, until next time….

Keep Calm and Stay Zainey _ Zainey Laney