- New Melanie Dickerson Books
- Hagenheim Series
- Medieval Fairy Tale Romance Series
- Regency Spies of London Series
- Southern Seasons Series
- Hagenheim Books Summary
- Medieval Fairy Tale Books Summary
- Regency Spies of London Books Summary
- Southern Seasons Books Summary
- Melanie Dickerson Biography
- Praise for Melanie Dickerson
Melanie Dickerson is a bestselling Christian fiction author who is known for her Hagenheim historical series which, in its final rendering, will include exactly 10 books. In addition, she also wrote a few other shorter series, including the Medieval Fairy Tale, Regency Spies of London, and the newer Southern Seasons historical Christian romance series.
While her books are all targeting Christian fiction readers, her books are also historical romances for the most part.
Here are the Melanie Dickerson books in order for her popular series.
New Melanie Dickerson Books
- The Healer’s Apprentice, 2010
- The Merchant’s Daughter, 2011
- The Fairest Beauty, 2013
- The Captive Maiden, 2013
- The Princess Spy, 2014
- The Golden Braid, 2015
- The Silent Songbird, 2016
- The Orphan’s Wish, 2018
- The Warrior Maiden, 2019
- The Piper’s Pursuit, 2019
Medieval Fairy Tale Romance Series
Regency Spies of London Series
Southern Seasons Series
- Magnolia Summer, 2018
Hagenheim Books Summary
The Healer’s Apprentice
Rose is just a woodcutter’s daughter. When she is appointed as a Healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, she is surprised but also elated. After all, a girl of her means doesn’t often get such opportunities in life. She is also a bit squeamish since the sight of blood makes her queasy. Still, she must get over it and become useful at the castle since failure is not an option, not since it would mean being shipped back home where she’d have to marry a merchant her mother chose for her, someone she doesn’t want. Worse, just the sight of him makes her very uncomfortable. Her first test comes when Lord Hamlin is injured. Rose must tend to his wounds. At the same time, she also begins feeling something strange for Hamlin, something that is new to her: love. But does he feel the same for her? And how does him being engaged to someone else come into play>
The Merchant’s Daughter
Annabel has always led a sheltered life – albeit she was rather neglected by her parents – until they got into debt. Annabel wanted to enter the church, but the said debt, which culminated into her rich merchant father’s death, forced her to work for Lord Ranulf as a servant. The lord is not a nice person. He is scarred both by physique and by emotion. Also, he has a temper. So, at first, Annabel is scared of him. But the more she learns about him, the more she realizes that there is more to him than meets the eye. The book is a medieval retelling of The Beauty and the Beast.
The Fairest Beauty
In the third Melanie Dickerson Hagenheim book, we meet Sophie, who hates her stepmother and her jealousy. She wants to escape, but at the last minute, Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle with a crazy story: Sophie is engaged to his older brother, so she is his future wife. Sophie finds here her chance to escape while Gave falls hard in love with her. But what can he do when she is promised to someone else?
The Captive Maiden
Here we have another evil stepmother story. Gisella used to be happy as a child, but after her father died, her stepmother has literally made her life a living hell, going as far as pushing her to become the house’s servant. When during an errand at the age of 17, she meets Valten, the Duke of Hagenheim’s son, who is also the boy she’s been secretly in love for a long time, and when she learns that he will soon throw a party, she knows she must attend. She sneaks out of the house, and at the end of the tournament, the winner (Valten), must choose his queen. Of course, it’s Gisella he will choose, which will unleash a chain of events that will push them together to weather a nasty storm caused by her stepfamily and a certain Ruexner who wants nothing more than destroying the now-happy couple.
The Princess Spy
Margaretha is the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Hagenheim. She has a fun life and knows exactly whom she will marry: Lord Claybrook, an arrogant Englishman who will come and take her away. Except who comes is someone else: Enter Colin, who simply wanders into the castle with a high fever. After he is tended to, he mentions that Claybrook is an evil man who murdered someone back in England, and Colin fears that Margaretha is in danger as well. So he asks her to be his spy, but her very open and chatty character don’t lend themselves very well to the spying job. Still, soon she learns just how evil Lord Claybrook is and that Colin is, indeed, right. But can she save her family and herself before it’s too late from the vicious Lord?
The Golden Braid
Since almost every book in the series is a retelling of a fairy tale, this one is about Rapunzel, of course. She is now a nineteen-year-old young woman who is living with her stepmother. She is not very knowledgeable in the way the world works, but she does throw knives better than any man around. Her stepmom warns her repeatedly to not trust any man, and at every other turn, they move place. When they once again are trying to find a new home, they meet Sir Gerek, a young knight who will be the one to change Rapunzel’s life forever.
The Silent Songbird
Evangeline is living at King Richard II’s castle, who is her second cousin and ward. She doesn’t want an arranged marriage because of politics. Still, Richard promises her to Lord Shiveley, an older man whom she hates with all her heart. So Evangeline joins in secret a group of servants who are going home to their own village, and to not have to disclose her heritage, she pretends to be mute. Still, Wesley le Wyse, the leader of the group and also the son of a wealthy lord, becomes enchanted with her. But when Wesley (who is actually the son of Ranulf and Annabel from The Merchant’s Daughter) learns of her deception, he becomes very angry with her. Still, how can he stay away from her, even when he knows the truth?
The Orphan’s Wish
And here we are at the retelling of the Alladin’s story. This time, he is a young orphaned boy who is traveling to far-away lands. When he meets Kirstyn, the daughter of the duke of Hagenheim, he gets very attached to her. Eventually, he lands at the castle where he begins working as a servant at the duke’s house. He knows exactly what he wants: to marry Krystin. But how can do it when he has nothing to his name but a few meager skills? So he leaves Hagenheim with a desire to make himself rich and worthy of her hand.
The Warrior Maiden
Mulan knows what her future life will be: she will become the wife of a local butcher. But she is far too adventurous for that boring life, so she hides her looks and joins the warriors to fight in battles. But soon she meets Wolfgang, the son of a Duke, who fights with her in battle. And she discovers she is attracted to him. But since she is hiding that she is a girl, how can she make him attracted to her in the first place? The story is the retelling of Mulan, which is now set in medieval Lithuania.
The Piper’s Pursuit
The lastest and last book in the Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson is the retelling of the Pied Piper story.
Medieval Fairy Tale Books Summary
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
Odette lives with her uncle, and she is dead-set on poaching the king’s deer so she can feed the children of an entire village. Except that Jorgen has the eyes out for the poacher. When Odette starts falling for him, little does she know who he really is – the very forester who wants to catch the poacher. This is a retelling of Swan Lake and Robin Hood into one enchanting story.
The Beautiful Pretender
Reinhart, the Margrave of Thornbeck has only two weeks to find himself a bride. As the new owner of the title, he must find someone fast. But the bride must be of noble origin. So when she falls for Avelina, a mere servant girl, things don’t quite go as planned. She only tried to take the place of Lady Dorothea who ran off with her lover, but Avelina herself can’t stop thinking about Reinhart at all times.
The Noble Servant
Magdalen of Mallin has long been in love with the Duke of Wolfberg. So when she is about to marry him, she can’t be happier. On the way to his castle, however, her own servant threatens her life and forces her to swap places: now Magdalen is but an unknown servant when her own handmaiden swiftly takes per place to be married to the Duke. But when another shepherd becomes her friend, the two discover a sinister plot against the Duke. But can they stop the force in time before both the Duke’s life and her own are forever destroyed?
Regency Spies of London Books Summary
A Spy’s Devotion
Nicholas Langdon is a wealthy British officer who after getting injured returns home to heal. With him he has a coded diary that he promised a dying soldier to deliver to his family. When she arrives at the Wilherns, there is a ball that he attends where he meets Julia Grey, their ward. When the diary is stolen, Langdon becomes mixed in the case and tries to find it, uncovering in the process an evil plot that threatens the wellbeing of the entire country. During the case, the two grow closer together, and they discover they have fallen in love with each other. But can their love survive when Julia, a spy herself, must put her country above all?
A Viscount’s Proposal
Leorah Langdon is not happy with the shallowness of her peers. She knows she will marry for love and not for convenience or politics. But when Leorah and Edward, the Viscount Withinghall, meet and happen to be found under an overturned carriage, she might have to marry him to save her good name. But when they discover that the carriage accident was actually sabotaged, the two have to work together to find the culprit and save everything: her reputation, his good name, and his chance of becoming prime minister.
A Dangerous Engagement
Felicity Mayson is a simple merchant’s daughter. When she is invited to Lady Blackstone’s country home, she meets Oliver Ratley who wants to marry her. Soon, however, as she meets Philip McDowell at Doverton Hall, she learns that things are not as they seem. Philip is undercover at the manor to throw off Oliver and Lady Blackstone’s coup attempt and he needs Felicity’s help not only in keeping his secret identity but also in snooping about to find out just what exactly are those two evil people up to.
Southern Seasons Books Summary
Truett is off to medical school where he gets his degree. Next, he moves back home to Bethel Springs, Alabama, because he knows the town desperately needs a doctor. But when his best friend is about to be lynched, he can’t stay and watch from the sidelines. He has to intervene to save his friends’ life. At the same time, Celia Wilcox is asked by her sister to go back home as their mother’s health is failing. When she gets back, she meets Truett, and sparks fly all over. While Truett wants to win her over, she keeps her distance as she wants to go back home to Nashville and open her sewing business.
Melanie Dickerson Biography
Melanie Dickerson has made a name for herself in the historical, fairy-tale, and Christian genres mixed together. She always loved telling stories, and she wrote her first tales for her friends back in middle school. She actually completed her first novels while she was in high school, but then she moved on from her writing dream and she stayed away from it for 15 years.
After getting her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama, she began teaching special-needs children in Georgia and Tennessee, as well as English to people in Germany and in Ukraine, where she worked as a missionary for a year. Eventually, she left all that behind to focus fully on writing books, which he does in her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and her two daughters.
The first Melanie Dickerson book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book. It also won the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. Melanie is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
Her stories are loosely based on various Disney movies. Some of the themes she touched her books are The Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Rapunzel, the Frog Prince, Robin Hood, the Swan Lake, and many others. The Melanie Dickerson books are mostly Young-Adult in theme, but they can be read just as easily but actual adults as well. There is kissing in the books but no serious sexual themes at all. After all, the books are Christian historical romances focused on the retelling of fairy tales in Medieval Europe. Each book is standalone, so the series can all be read out of order. Still, they are part of the same theme, so reading the Melanie Dickerson books in order is recommended – albeit not necessary.
Praise for Melanie Dickerson
Ms. Dickerson deftly captures the flavor of life in medieval Germany in a sweet tale filled with interesting characters that will surely capture readers’ hearts (Kathleen Morgan)
When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say is—long live the queen (Julie Lessman)
A virtuous romance with characters who “fall in love with each other’s inner beauty in spite of outward appearance. (Kirkus Reviews on The Merchant’s Daughter)
- Official author’s site
- Author interview with Christian-themed Enclave Publishing
- HarperCollins Australia author profile