Cloak of Scarlet by Melanie Dickerson was a medieval, Christian tale that was based on the premise of Little Red Riding Hood. I can appreciate the new spin on an old classic and how Violet’s faith grew throughout the story. Her grandmother played a pivotal role in teaching her faith. I like that the author had done her research on the era.
A few things that could be improved was the backstory in chapter one. For example, the dialogue from the past. One conversation from Violet’s past seemed okay to interweave into the story. However, for example, her feelings for the other landowner could’ve been left more of a mystery to give the story’s beginning an edge.
All in all, the author made this fifth installment easy enough to follow along with. This story is excellent for lovers of historical fiction, inspiration, and fans of happily ever after.
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for giving me an ARC copy of this book to read and review. All of these thoughts and comments are my own.
She was an orphan of no importance . . .
He was an ordinary knight serving the baron . . .
Suddenly the kingdom depends on both of them.
Violet Lambton never imagined herself as anything but average. Adopted as a young child, she’s content with her comfortable life in her small medieval town with her faith, her books, and her baking . . . and the vivid red cloak her grandmother gifted her. Her one dream: to find a love that is pure and true. Then, her beloved grandmother is robbed by the villainous Baron Dunham. Outraged, Violet finds herself in the midst of the action and determines to put an end to the evil baron’s mistreatment of the hardworking people.
Sir Merek, a knight in the service of Baron Dunham, has pledged his life to fighting injustice and defending the weak. But when he encounters the spirited and beautiful Violet and discovers the depths of the baron’s treachery, he realizes that serving his employer is not serving the kingdom—and so he sets out on a daring journey to go behind the baron’s back to expose his deceitfulness to the king.
But before Merek and Violet can act to bring the corruption to light, Violet is captured and brought directly to Dunham—where she shockingly discovers a secret that shakes her entire world . . . and the future she dreams of. Thrown together in the baron’s quarters in a race against time to save the lives of their loved ones and themselves, Violet and Merek must learn to trust each other to expose Dunham’s treachery to the king—all while succumbing to their growing feelings for each other. Can the two find their happily ever after against all odds, or will the wolves amongst them drive them apart?
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