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Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Mararetha---one of the few who speaks his language---understands the wild story.
Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Fairy Tale Romance
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margarethaone of the few who speaks his languageunderstands the wild story.
Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colins message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spynot only is she unable to keep anything secret, shes sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrooks wicked plot.
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.
Award-winning Melanie Dickerson pens her fourth young adult novel set in medieval Germany, loosely based on the story of The Frog Prince. In The Princess Spy, Margaretha of Hagenheim Castle is a talkative young woman whose latest suitorLord Claybrookseems enamored of her despite her talkativeness. Could he be her true love? When an injured man is brought to the castle, Margaretha realizes he is speaking English and that she is the only one who understands him. As he recovers from his injuries and begins working in the stable, Colin confides he is searching for Claybrook, who may not be who he seems to be. Should she believe a foreigner? Should she spy on her suitor when Colin asks her to do so? Then, while her father is away from the castle, Margaretha overhears Claybrook talking to his men about his plans. Colin and Margaretha flee to reach her relatives in Marienberg. Pursued by enemies, will they reach Marienberg in time to get reinforcements? As in her earlier books, the faith element is clearly evident yet not preachy. For example, Colin and Margaretha pray for Gods guidance. Dickersons tales feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers. Dickerson is a masterful storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, richly-drawn characters, and detailed setting. The reader is easily pulled into the story. All of her books are a delightful reimagining of a familiar talethis one is her best so far! Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart. Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ
taralynee5 Stars Out Of 5Imaginative and delightfulJune 18, 2017taralyneeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Princess Spy... what a great book!! Technically the fifth installment of Melanie Dickerson's Hagenheim fairy tale romance series, it chronologically parallels The Golden Braid (book #6) and is told from another character's perspective, focusing the story in an entirely different direction.
Full of castles and princesses, adventure and just enough romance, this book makes me smile. Prior to reading Melanie Dickerson's imaginative books, I typically steered away from this era (I'm not really sure why)... but since discovering these, I jump at the chance to pretend I'm in medieval Europe alongside these characters. It feels like we're friends.
This story is a creative retelling of The Frog Prince. I really love that these stories include more than only the most commonly told fairy tales.
I'd liken The Princess Spy to a cup of tea. Something comfortable that makes you feel right at home. Because that's what these books do for me.
Marilyn Sanderson5 Stars Out Of 5The Princess SpyMarch 6, 2017Marilyn SandersonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have become a big fan of Melanie Dickerson's books. This book was no exception. The characters were well developed and the plot kept me reading to the point that I found it hard to put the book down. Her talent for turning well known fairy tales into something totally different is incredible . I look forward to each of her books.
bubby5 Stars Out Of 5The Princess SpyNovember 11, 2015bubbyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have read all 5 books in this series and loved everyone of them. They were fun, entertaining and you could get lost in their world. Just like any other fairy tale it had a happy ending. Can't say enough about Melanie Dickerson and her magical writing based on medieval settings, romance, and high adventure during those times.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Romantic Tale of Courage and Chivalry!August 2, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4If what he says is true, time is of the essence. The future of her entire kingdom is at stake; hanging in the balance, just beyond the grasp of a madman and a murderer.
When the badly battered Englishman is brought to the healer at Hagenheim Castle, Princess Margaretha thinks him to be out of his head. One of only two people who can understand his English, she soon discovers that he has come to seek justice or perhaps even revenge; and ironically the man in his sights is none other than her most recent suitor, Lord Claybrook. Discreetly following Lord Claybrook and overhearing his heinous plans she immediately aligns herself with the man who claims to be an English lord, Colin le Wyse.
Colin finds that his only ally in his quest for justice is a garrulous princess, who quickly captures his attention with her compassionate heart, endless bravery and engaging smile. Escaping Lord Claybrook and warning Duke Wilhelm of the impending danger to his kingdom thrust Colin and Margaretha together in more ways than one. Can they save the kingdom and prevent Margaretha's forced marriage to the true mad man in Hagenheim? Will their own hearts survive the journey?
Melanie Dickerson has penned another delightful, romantic tale of courage and chivalry.
Angela5 Stars Out Of 5My kind of bookFebruary 6, 2015AngelaQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love medieval times and fairy tales but rarely do you find a romance book about those times that is not fully of smut. However even rarer still is finding Christian romance in those times, it's all western, Victorian, or Amish (so much Amish). So I was very please to find these books and this author. The books tend to get a little repetitive and predictable but I really didn't mind I just loved to finally have a book series like this. I'll be getting more books from her in the future that is for sure.
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