“The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” by Melanie Dickerson, book review
Odette enters the King’s forest each night to hunt for deer to feed the village’s poor children. While she knows this is against the law, she sees no other way to help these dear young ones. She remembers when she was 5 years old and her parents both died, leaving her alone. She searched through trash cans and stole food just to stay alive. After several years her uncle comes to her rescue and provides her a home and education. Now she feels she must give back. She holds classes to teach these children too poor to attend the village school and provides them with meat.
Jorgen has been appointed the margrave’s forester and charged with protecting the King’s forest. He was also orphaned at a young age but was adopted by the forester who treated him kindly. Now he has vowed to catch the poacher who is robbing the king of deer and who killed his father.
At the beginning neither know the complexity of their relationship, but both are drawn to each other. They share a common goal of helping the young poor orphans, and each does it in the way they see fit. But quickly these paths cross with terrible consequences.
This was a delightful story of two young people wanting to help the less fortunate with any means given to them. They are both resourceful and diligent. The honesty in the face of punishment is refreshing! And the love story is precious.
This is book #1 of the series, and I will look forward to reading the rest.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.