Title: The Orphan’s Wish
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher Info / Release: Thomas Nelson / June 26, 2018
Source: ARC from TLC Book Tours
Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, faraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break.
Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune.
Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save her from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain?
An enchanting new version of the well-known tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means.
Thank you so much to TLC Booktours & Thomas Nelson for sending me this free copy!
Are you looking for a new retelling story to read? Well, look no further! Melanie has come out with a retelling of Aladdin that sounds absolutely magical! Here’s a Q&A to give more information about the book.
Question: When you write YA romances, do you write any differently for that audience than you would for older readers?
Melanie: There are slight differences. Mostly, main characters are a bit younger in my YA romances. And when I write them, I am more aware of my readers’ younger age and aware of how much screen time involves close proximity and kissing—even though I’m not sure anyone even realizes which of my books are YA and which are for adults! Honestly, there’s not much difference.
Question: When you retell a classic story, are there any surprises for you as you write it? How often do characters go in a direction you didn’t plan?
Melanie: There are usually a few surprises for me, but if I feel the characters going in a direction I didn’t plan, I stop and think it through, asking myself how the new direction will affect the rest of the story, seeing the story unfolding in my mind with both the old plan and the new direction. Sometimes I end up liking the new direction and go with it. Other times, I make my characters pull back and obey the original plan.
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