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The copper mines that Lady Magdalen's father owned were no longer supplying the town with copper, leaving Lady Magdalen and the townspeople penniless. To her surprise she received a letter announcing Duke of Wolfberg's intention to wed even though she no longer had a dowry. Betrayed by the people they trusted most and stripped of their titles how did they unite to stop his uncle's plan and regain their titles?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines "The Goose Girl" by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.
"When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say islong live the queen!" JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series
She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.
But she might just gain what shes always wanted . . . if she makes it in time.
The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor barons daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalens servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalens life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?
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. Visit her online at MelanieDickerson.com, Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks, Twitter: @MelanieAuthor.
'The protagonists are in constant peril, making for an exciting adventure. . . the story is told in a straightforward manner and likely to please Dickersons devoted fans.'
The Goose Girl, a little retold fairy tale, sparkles in Dickersons hands, with endearing characters and a charming setting that will appeal to teens and adults alike.
Dickerson is a masterful storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, richly-drawn characters, and detailed setting. . . Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart.'
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Noble Servant by Melanie DickersonOctober 11, 2017MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Noble Servant #3 A Medieval Fairy Tale by Melanie Dickerson
We step back in time of 1365, Barony of Mallin, the Holy Roman Empire replete with fair maidens, dashing lordsoften wielding swords, ancient castles, danger, intrigue and...geese.
Hopes and dreams don't go as planned for Duke of Wolfberg or for Magdalen of Mallin as those who plot against them put their evil plans in motion. The author certainly captures good versus evil within the characters very well. Both Steffan and Magdalen find themselves in rather difficult circumstances and must find a way to find resolutions soon.
Even though Magdalen and Steffan are of nobility they both sacrifice for their communities and those they love. As a result of their challenges they certainly learned what is truly important in life along with their strong faith and prayers, which carried them through those challenges. I understand this is a variation of the fairy tale Little Goose Girl, which I am not familiar with, but found the story interesting and especially enjoy the faith aspect woven within the story-line.
~I received a copy of this book from the author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5UniqueSeptember 26, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I adore the cover of this book and add that it is a retelling of The Goose Girl fairy tale, therefore it was a must read. It is a fast paced book and has lots of drama unfolding to pique your interest. Magdalen and the Duke of Wolfberg are both forced into servitude, and learn some valuable lessons along the way. Their faith keeps them going through their darkest days and captures good versus evil splendidly. It is a simplistic writing style, which makes it great to share with teen girls. I enjoyed this book very much.
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A clever take on Grimm's beloved Goose Girl fairy taleAugust 31, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A clever take on Grimm's beloved Goose Girl fairy tale. I adore these retellings by Melanie Dickerson, because she is able to create the very essence of what I imagine Medieval life to be like. It's in the flow of her words through descriptions and dialogue which propel me into the magical realms of my childhood imaginings.
But she brings dimension to her heroes and heroines. Yes, Steffan is the classic fairy tale hero -- all noble and honorable and knight in shining armorish BUT he doesn't always get it right. In particular when it comes to trusting Magdalen and that causes him to act selfishly at times. Maggie's good for him -- she captures his heart -- something he is very reluctant to part with -- and in the process teaches him a thing or two about faith and trust. They make an intrepid team when they are on the same page! But like all good stories this hero and heroine don't always act exactly as the anxious reader would like, which, of course, makes for a riveting read.
There's treachery afoot, a diabolical villain to thwart and danger lurking around unexpected corners.All the delicious stuff fairy tales are made of -- including the prescribed happily ever after!
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting ReadAugust 10, 2017MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 0I have really enjoyed this series of fairy tales come to life.
Magdalen gets a bum deal when her servant takes her place. But she does handle it with grace and her true colors shine through, which is compassion for others.
The Duke of Wolfburg also has the same thing (sort of) happen to him. He is determined to prove who he is but they must be careful because the man now in charge is ruthless.
Melanie did a great job of even allowing us to feel some pity for those that stole their position.
I expected to love this book more since I really liked the others but for me this one was okay. I liked it but I didn't love it. I found it easy to put down and not in much of a hurry to pick it back up. It was good, just not what I expected.
A copy of this book was given to me through the BookLook Blogger program. All opinions are my own.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5You're never too old to fall in love with fairy tales.August 1, 2017Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Who doesnt love a fairy tale retelling - and this one is done to perfection. I wasnt aware of the storyline of The Goose Girl before starting the Noble Servant so was able to read the story without any preconceived ideas and even without the back knowledge of the original tale (I always found the Brothers Grimm rather blood thirsty for fairy tales anyhow) this story sings beautifully off the page. Mixing a teenage cast with a medieval theme sounds dangerous but not in Melanie Dickersons skilled hands and pen.
Lady Magdalen is destined to marry a Duke - the duke of Wolfberg whom she meet at a dance. Her family and village are relaying on her to marry well to help their current plight and she is willing to sacrifice love for her duty. But on the way to her betrothed - her maidservant and maidservants father conspire to force her to assume the servants identity and lose the chance of an advantageous marriage.
Arriving at the castle, she is given the most menial task that can be found - looking after the geese while her maidservant happily steps into her previous life and marries the duke. Magdalen soon meets another young man - looking after the sheep in the fields who appears to also carry secrets. Could they become allies and find away to right the wrongs done to them both?
The Nobel Servant was a wonderful quick read - basically read in one sitting and brought back the wonderful whimsy of childhood fairy tales. I cant wait to read more.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.