The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day, Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.
For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him ... a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.
When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries. The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . .
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Like fairy tales, Melanie’s books are romantic dreams, but there are elements of Christian faith thrown in. Odete and Jorgen both sincerely want to please God, not powerful humans, in their choices.
What is your favorite fairy tale? If you were to write a retelling, would you set it in Mediaeval Germany or somewhere else?