A daring rescue. A difficult choice. Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom---but can she trust another person to keep her safe? Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible---she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else---he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help---but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them---they must also protect their hearts.
I wasn't sure I'd like the use of the classic Snow White storyline but the author won me over. The sweet romance between Gabe and Sophie made the story. As Gabe rescues Sophie from her stepmother, the Duchess, and they escape to the cottage of the seven in the woods, a romance blossoms. I love how Gabe and Sophie demonstrate how small gestures like holding hands or sharing a chore like dish washing can be romantic. Too many YA novels have characters going straight to sex and totally rob us of the beauty of developing friendship and love. The author captures this beautifully.
This novel is a nice example of Christian YA fantasy. While I did not find all the inner dialogue of Sophie realistic, the overall message is positive. Definitely worth reading.
Loved the cover!