Cloak of Scarlet
by Melanie Dickerson
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Pub Date 15 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 15 Sep 2023
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
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?
From New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson comes a thrilling retelling of “Little Red Riding Hood,” where two hearts must learn to trust themselves and each other in order to save a kingdom.
- Sweet historical medieval romance
- Part of the Dericott series: Book 1: Court of Swans; Book 2: Castle of Refuge; Book 3: Veil of Winter; Book 4: Fortress of Snow; Book 5: Cloak of Scarlet
- Book length: 80,000 words
- Includes discussion questions for book clubs
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This is the fourth book in the 'Derricott Tales' Series and it is based on the tale of 'Little Red Riding Hood'. The fairy tale is changed slightly for plot integrity but works really well and I liked the changes made. The book was well written and I believe has wide appeal.
The characters were interesting. I liked the Grandmother and her attitude of being content in all things. All in all, a great story with a important theme running through it. I would definitely recommend this to others.
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This is the fifth book of the 'Derricott Tales' Series. This time with the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood, our story beginnings with Violet and her red cloak. The fairy tale is changed to make the story flow in the setting of 1348 a.d. in the time of King Richard with knights and villains. The book was well written and the fairy tale flows into the story woven for us. It quickly caught my attention and kept it.
Grandmother is a important person to Violet, just as in the original Red Riding Hood tale. Grandmother is a wonderful woman, who shares her wisdom to Violet. The theme of the story is very well written and threaded throughout the story. I would highly recommend this book to others.
This is my personal opinion on this book. I received a complimentary copy of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I will start this by saying that Melanie Dickerson is one of my "auto buy" authors. I have read about 90% of her books and have been looking forward to Cloak of Scarlet. So let's just say that getting an arc copy was a dream come true for someone who impatiently waits for books to be released.
With everything I said above, this book did not disappoint! Read it now! I love The Dericott Tales so much and this was the icing on the cake.
Grandmother and Violet are such great main characters. I love the drive and determination to stop the villain, with so many surprises and turns along the journey.
I will be recommending this book to everyone who asks about it, and even those who don't.
Thank you net galley for letting me read this arc of Cloak of Scarlet. I can't wait to buy it to add to my collection.
We need more chivalry in today's world!!!
Violet is a sweet, innocent protagonist who wants to stand up for what's right. She wants to do something to stop the evil baron from stealing money from the villagers, while ensuring she keeps her family from harm.
Sir Merek is a sweetheart who takes his duties as a knight very seriously. He always wants to protect those around him, especially the determined purple-eyed girl who seems bent on defying the baron. He does not want to accept that the baron he has been asked to serve under is doing anything underhanded, but when he starts to notice that some of Violet's claims are correct, he wants to do everything he can to help her.
I absolutely LOVED the romance in this book!!! Could there have been more? ALWAYS. But this still satisfied my desire for a little bit of romance in my life. I loved how determined Merek was to protect, help, and just be there for Violet!
As a retelling of Red Riding Hood, this book needed some work. The only similarities between this novel and the fairy tale were that Violet wears a red cloak and delivers goodies to her grandmother (who lives in the woods). THERE ISN'T EVEN A WOLF!!! I didn't feel like this necessarily took away from the story, but readers might be disappointed that it is not a better retelling.
I found the viscount's character intriguing and would have loved to see his character arc flushed out a little more!
I would highly recommend this sweet, clean romance to anyone who loves Christian fiction!
Content warnings: It is revealed that Violet was conceived out of wedlock as a result of a rape. It is also revealed that Violet's mother starved to death to keep Violet alive.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
What a fun re-telling of Little Red Riding hood. I loved how Melanie incorporated bits here and there of the traditional story but LOVED all the new twists and turns making it a one of a kind.
Absolutely amazing! Christian fiction at its best. Trust in the Lord always. Such an inspiring read. Just what I needed.
Sweet series. I enjoyed this story because there was a lot of action. There is not a lot of depth to these stories, and the writing is very simplistic, but a very nice getaway book.
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I love this series so much. In fact, so do my teenagers. I have to hide the fact that I have each new book if I want to read it before they steal it away and I don't get to read it for months.
This book is about Violet and Sir Merek. It's Merek's family that the series follows. But lucky for you this series can be read as each book as a stand-alone novel instead of having to read them in order. However, I highly suggest you read the entire series starting with book one. You will not be sorry. They're all amazing. Well, everything by Melanie Dickerson is amazing actually.
Violet is an orphan taken in by a new family. She was about six years old when her mother died and she was left alone in the world. Her grandmother took her and gave her to her parents(the ones who raised her). They did well with her and she had a great life. Now as she visits her grandmother she finds out that the local Baron is stealing from his citizens through his knights. They took her grandmother's money and her hog for winter meat.
She can't stand silent! She must find a way to stop the Baron. Even though she's just one girl she knows she has to do something. She's a bit hot-tempered and doesn't think everything through. So when she meets up with Sir Merek for the second time she accuses him of being a thief and stealing from the citizens. He's a new knight of Baron Dunham and has no idea this has been going on but tells her he will look into it.
From here the story really takes off and you're going to want to read it all at once! Keep in mind that Violet doesn't know who her father is (foreshadowing anyone) and that each book focuses on one of a set of siblings and they end up getting married (lol). Watch as both battle their tempers and to think before they act.
Amazing novel! I highly recommend you read it and every one of the books in the series!
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You will not want to put this read down!
The main character is a strong woman, not knowing her biological parents, and living in a time that women did as they were told.
There is intrigue, suspense, castles, and dungeons of bygone days. Knights and titled nobility that ruled the land.
I received complimentary copy of this book. My opinions are my own.
This is the first book by Melanie Dickerson I've read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It combines some of my favorite things: fairy tales, suspense and adventure, and faith.
Although the novel is inspired by Red Riding Hood, the plot is much more expansive. I liked the nods to the tale like the red cloak, the grandmother, and the woods. The story itself is solid, with Violet and Merek finding their way to knowing themselves and God better while fighting to triumph over evil. There were quite a number of plot twists. At one point, I was rather exasperated wondering if there'll ever be a happily ever after. But they did, and I found the ending very satisfactory.
I enjoyed this so much that I've already hunted down the rest of the titles in this series, as well as other books by Dickerson. My new favorite author!
I received a complimentary copy of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Cloak of Scarlet is another wonderful book written by Melanie Dickerson. I thought this Little Red Hiding Hood retelling to be fabulous. Five stars.
Cloak of scarlet by Melanie Dickerson Christian historical fiction
Young adults and up
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The villainous Baron of the land has terrorized Violet’s village, over taxing the people into starvation and harshly punishing them for their inability to pay. He control the area with an iron fist, silencing any and all opposition. Despite the risk (and fierce protests of her adoptive family) Violet writes a letter to the king to expose the evil Lord. When her actions are found out and she is taken to the evil Baron Dunham is more interested in her unique eyes than her crime. A shocking revelation about her birth mother shakes her life and changes all she thought she knew. She will have to lean on God to protect her and her family.
Sir Merek has worked hard at controlling his hot temper since he and his brothers were imprisoned fro a crime they did not commit, now he is serving the king as a noble Knight. When he is sent by the king to aid Baron Dunham he comes across a fiery woman with Violet eyes, the two immediately clash. Her accusations against the Baron and him test his temper control. But is she right? Is the Baron not what he appears? He seeks to uncover the truth and trust God to keep him safe in a castle full of deceit.
Well, Melanie has done it again! This book is all that I anticipated and more! I have been waiting for Merek’s book since I read the first Dericott story (court of swans). This book has it all deep characters, a vivid setting, a faith filled story line, an adorable romance, and a cool quirky grandma. If you don’t like Christian fiction, this book isn’t for you (but I have to say you’d be missing out!), but if you are looking for an exciting, clean and wholesome, faith filled read you have found it! I highly recommend this book and all of Melanie Dickerson’s. The only downside to her books is that they end and the next one isn’t out yet!
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Violet was the daughter of a landowner, she liked to sing, and she knew how to read, in the year 1386 most women could not read.
Violet is protective of her family, her grandmother tells her about being robbed by Baron Dunham's men, and she informs Sir Merek, a recent acquaintance about the incident, which he promises to investigate after speaking with her grandmother. When he told Baron Dunham about it, he said it was a lie and he wanted to know who accused him. But Sir Merek thinks his boss is lying so he does not reveal Violet's name.
Then it was Violet's family's turn to be robbed, the thieves took money and found a letter Violet had written to the king about Baron Dunham - they told the baron about the letter and Violet. Sir Merek heard about it - how can he save Violet?
Cloak of Scarlet by Melanie Dickerson is the fifth book of the Derricott series. It does not disappoint. It was hard to put down because something was always happening and I just wanted to keep reading and I didn’t want it to end. It was a Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale. The baron, who was Violets father, was the big bad wolf. Violet was an orphan, whose mother had to flee the castle when she found out she was pregnant and had been taken advantage of by the baron. Sir Merek, is a knight who helps Violet get justice for her people. Violet’s grandmother has a big part in the story, which is so heartwarming. The grandmother was so likable. The romance between Violet and Sir Merck was so much fun to watch develop. This is another amazing story by an amazing author.
I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are mine.
Violet is stong, brave and very loyal to her people and her family. When she sees the unjust ways Baron Dunham is treating his people and robbing them, she stands up for right.
Sir Merrik is on assignment from the King to go serve Baron Dunham. He finds out from a chance meeting with Violet all the bad things Baron Dunham is doing. He is a noble knight and has vowed to serve righteously and help others. He finds another knight that is true and faithful to the right cause, Sir Willmer and together Violet, Sir Merrik and Sir Willmer fight the injustices of Baron Dunham.
I love the Grandmother in this story as well. She is so wise, kind and sweet. This is a wonderful story of faithful people overcoming evil. I would highly recommend it.
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