From the streets to an orphanage in a faraway kingdom, Aladdin has grown up alone. Until he meets Kirstyn. With a father who is the duke of Hagenheim and a mother who is the patroness of the orphanage where Aladdin lives, Kirstyn is a member of the most powerful family in the land . . . and way out of his league. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion for taking walks in the forest, and their childhood friendship grows along with them.
Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke’s house. But he knows it isn’t enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn’s hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.
But once Aladdin leaves, no one is around to protect Kirstyn, and the greedy men desperate to take advantage of her father’s wealth take notice. Now, more than Aladdin’s background stands in the way of the future he’s worked so hard to obtain. His only hope is to rescue Kirstyn and somehow manage to win her hand as well.
The story of Aladdin is given a new spin in this latest fairy tale from Melanie Dickerson. The story begins in the Holy Land when Aladdin is just a small boy and we get to watch him grow up before our eyes. As an orphan, Aladdin feels like he has to work harder and strive to be perfect in order to earn love and affection.
Lady Kirstyn has a tender heart for those less fortunate. She longs to give love and a sense of family to the orphans of her family’s homeland. As the middle child, Kirstyn often feels overlooked and under-appreciated in her large family.
Aladdin & Kirstyn are children when they meet and they quickly become friends, going on adventures, and exploring the woods around Hagenheim. They learn to trust one another and build a special bond of friendship. But no one said growing up is easy.
I enjoyed this face-paced story. This story can easily be read as a stand-alone, however, you are sure to treasure Melanie’s other fairy tale stories! I would have like to have seen a little more character growth and maturity before the last couple of chapters. However, that alone shouldn’t discourage you from reading this fun story! Aladdin & Kirstyn are sure to find their way into your heart and take you along on their incredible journey!
If you, like me enjoy reading the fairy tale stories from Melanie Dickerson, then you won’t want to miss out on this latest addition. I give this story 4 stars and would encourage you to pick up this story to enjoy!
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About the Author:
Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama.
The Orphan’s Wish (Hagenheim #8) expected publication: June 26, 2018
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