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The Beautiful Pretender #8 in the Medieval Fairy Tale Novels by Melanie Dickerson
Under orders from the King, The Margrave of Thornbeck must find a bride of his choosing… from among the ten noblewomen proposed by that same King. All ten are invited to the castle for a fortnight…and a secret series of tests. But one of the guests is not who she pretends to be…and not everyone in attendance is there with good intentions. Will there ever be a wedding at Thornbeck Castle?
Number of Pages: 312
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Medieval Fairy Tale Romance
From New York Times bestselling author comes The Beautiful Pretender!
After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the kings approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesnt select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelinas best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she cant deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worsefar deadlierconsequences
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healers Apprentice won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchants Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
Dickerson fans will enjoy this latest medieval fairy tale that includes the return of Jorgen and Odette as they aid Reinhart and Avelina in seeking Gods help in sparing all from war.
Inkwell Reviews3 Stars Out Of 5Review From inkwellreviews.comFebruary 13, 2017Inkwell ReviewsQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Ahh yes, another heart-warming tale by Melanie Dickerson filled with sweet romance and happily-ever-afters. For me, I love the medieval time period, its so nice to read something not set in the 1800s or in present day. Id say that Melanie Dickersons books are geared toward more of a teenage crowd, but anyone can read them! I certainly enjoyed it.
But...🙂 just a couple of things. Melanie Dickersons storylines are always the same, and you can bet that after reading so many of her books, it gets a little predicable. Halfway through the book, I already knew the ending! It made reading the second half boring and dull.
Her characters have the same problem. The problem isnt that theyre too boring or dull but too perfect. Theyre sweet, gorgeous, and smart. You guessed it, they will probably find out that they happen to be a princess. I dont know about you but I cannot relate to them. (For once I would like to read about a peasant marrying a peasant) This makes them dull and boring to read about.
I think Melanie Dickerson is such a gifted writer, she can do so much more with her abilities! She just needs to explore what she is capable of.
This book was still a good read. If you have a teenage daughter or never read a Melanie Dickerson book, then give it a try! Youll find her stories will sweep you up into a whirlwind of mystery, romance and a happily-ever-after.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Fairy Tale RetellingOctober 23, 2016Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Melanie Dickerson has taken elements of two fairy tales, the Beauty and The Beast along with The Princess and The Pea, and crafted a wholly new tale of Historical Fiction. Had I not known that this was somewhat a fairy tale retelling, I might not have identified these elements so readily, or the feeling that it was ever so slightly reminiscent of The Goose Girl.
The Margrave, Lord Thornbeck, is the gruff and difficult but attractive Beast/Prince, masking his wounded heart. Avelina is adorably plucky and self-sacrificing, a lovely heroine forced into a difficult situation. The forces that come between them add to the tension and the fun of seeing these two attractive people find their way to each other, overcoming the obstacles of evil intentions and class divides as the "beauty" helps to heal the "beast."
This is the second book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and I hope to read more. These are some of my favorite fairy tale based YA reads so far and I greatly enjoy the way that they blend in the faith journeys of the characters. Highly recommended.
This review refers to a review copy received, for free, from Thomas Nelson's Fiction Guild. All opinions expressed are my own.
EmilyAnne285 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Historical RomanceSeptember 28, 2016EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When the Margrave of Thornbeck Forest is charged by the king to choose a wife from among the neighboring estates within the next month, he takes his huntsmans advice to invite all the potential young women to his estate for two weeks to test their character. Unbeknownst to them all, one of the ladies is but a servant in disguise. Too bad she seems to be the only one with the kind of character worth his consideration
The Beautiful Pretender is yet another of Melanie Dickersons fairy tales rewritten in medieval Germany. This one, like the other in this new series, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (and, yes, Odette and Jorgen make cameos!), wasnt too clear on what the fairy tale was but seemed a very loose combination of The Princess and the Pea and Beauty and the Beast mixed with almost an Esther theme. And it was amazing! One of the better books from Melanie Dickerson that I have read.
How can you fall in love when you know you are deceiving the one you care about? And would they love you back if they found out? Talk about an awkward situation, but certainly one that novels have covered many times. The Beautiful Pretender portrayed the situation very well with the added danger of a spying contestant and her father determined to destroy both the Margrave and the deceptive lady-in-waiting. But they are certainly up to the task of conquering their foes and falling in love. And, who would have thoughta woman who knows how to pick locks in the Middle Ages! I certainly wouldnt have.
The Beautiful Pretender was a lovely historical romance that I would highly recommend to those who enjoy a sweet fairytale romance.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another MUST read by Melanie Dickerson!September 10, 2016TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5What a wonderful story! I think The Beautiful Pretender is my new favorite Melanie Dickerson novel! I think I fell in love with Avelina's wit and candor even faster than the Margrave did. This was one of those rare stories that I became so totally immersed in that I felt like I was right there experiencing everything alongside the characters.
Reading book one in the series, The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest, will definitely give some background to the story but I felt that The Beautiful Pretender could be read standalone as well. If you haven't read book one yet, by all means do, but don't let it stop you from reading this book. Melanie Dickerson is very good at connecting her stories while still making each one complete on its own.
I honestly can't say enough about The Beautiful Pretender and how much I enjoyed it. Melanie Dickerson has a real winner in this one. It is a truly delightful and satisfying story. One that is richly detailed and with enough danger and romance to keep any reader completely enthralled. From its gorgeous cover to the very last page you just won't want to miss The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie DickersonAugust 18, 2016MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Beautiful Pretender #2 A Medieval Fairy Tale***** series by Melanie Dickerson
The Beautiful Pretender is the second book in the Medieval Fairy Tale series but can be read as a stand-alone. I have not read the first bookThe Huntress of Thornbeck Forest yet and was able to follow along without problems with the story-line. We are taken back to the year 1363 of The Holy Roman Empire complete with knights, Lords and Ladys. I found it fascinating reading about that time period and the descriptions were exceptional so that I could envision the landscapes, castles, clothing and mores of the day. I especially like how the fairytale, The Princess and the Pea, is woven within the story-line.
I love Avelina's heart and compassion, strength, courage, generosity, honestywell except for the deception she found herself in, devotion and faith. She had strong opinions and often shared them. Reinhart is a bit gruffhe even growls at times, but has a tender heart underneath the growls, he is witty and charming, handsome and strongboth physically (despite his injured ankle) and in characternoble, integrity, really cares for his community and faith. It was fun to watch the interaction between Avelina and Reinhart. They often clashed but there is a spark which cannot be ignored. I loved Reinhart's description of the characters he wanted in a womansee page 64.
Other favorites are Lady Magdalen (would like to read her story soon...hint, hint), Jorgen and Odette and the King. There are those I would like to have carted off to the dungeon for their evil, greedy and often murderous intentionsGeibert and his daughter Lady Fronicka.
The Beautiful Pretender is a captivating story filled with danger and intrigue, evil plots, murder, many secretsall revealed?, adventure, suspense, surprising twists and turns, humor, treachery/treason, forgiveness, joy, wolfs, love and romance. I love the inspirational theme woven within the story-line. Love the surprising ending! I will be sure to watch for the next book in the series.
~I received a copy of this book from the Fiction Guild (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
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