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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310730988
ISBN-13: 9780310730989
Series: Fairy Tale Romance

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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 Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.

Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s 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 spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s 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 Claybrook’s wicked plot.

Author Bio

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healer’s Apprentice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s 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.

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Margaretha is the daughter of a fifteenth-century German duke, and her family and acquaintances have always noted not only her penchant for talking incessantly but also her deeply romantic nature. She is looking forward to finding her one true love, and she thinks it might be her latest suitor, Lord Claypool. In a chance meeting with Colin, an Englishman come to the continent claiming that Claypool has murdered good people and seeking justice, Margaretha learns not only that her suitor may not be as honorable as she thought but also that she can successfully pare down her chattiness, keep an important secret, and help take righteous action. She and Colin join forces in a well-paced adventure that pits good against evil, features a strong and credible young woman, and relies on accurate social history in its Christian orientation. Margaretha’s sensations, expectations, and fears are all evoked realistically, making this a good choice for readers who loved Katherine Paterson’s Lyddie (1991) or Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy (1994) and are now ready for more romance. --- Francisca Goldsmith
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 suitor–Lord Claybrook–seems 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 God’s guidance. Dickerson’s 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 tale–this one is her best so far! Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart. Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ

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  1. Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Every. Body. Fan. Girl. Go!
    September 12, 2017
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    **This is a Books for Christian Girls content review for girls ages 9-19. The Spiritual, Negative, & Sexual Content from this book are honestly listed below. Keep in mind, when reading a BFCG review, ignore the things that don't bother you, but take notice of the things that do.**

    About this book:

    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 Margaretha---one of the few who speaks his language---understands the wild story. Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's 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 spy---not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she's 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 Claybrook's wicked plot.

    Series: All of Melanie Dickersons books are connected: The Princess Spy is considered #5 in this series. The Healers Apprentice(#1, review Here!), The Merchants Daughter (#2, review Here!), The Fairest Beauty(#3, review Here!), The Captive Maiden(#4, review Here!), and The Princess Spy; should be read in this order for the least amount of spoilers.

    Spiritual Content- Many, many, many Prayers; Lots of Thanking God; Psalm 1 is quoted; Talks about God using the weak; Many talks about & of God; Strong Faiths.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two stupids, a man is called the devil and this spawn of the devil, a horse is called a devil of a horse; a fight & a man dies (barely-above-not-detailed); two men get killed (boarder line barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed); Blood (highest being semi-detailed); Hares get skinned & eaten (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of drinking.

    Sexual Content- a handful of not-detailed kisses, a semi-detailed kiss & a detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss; Hand kisses; A dream about kissing someone (semi-detailed); an embrace (boarder line barely-above-not-detailed to semi-detailed); two mentions of a bedchamber; a baby was conceived out of wedlock; a wench; Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

    -Margaretha, age 18

    -Colin, age 20

    P.O.V. switches between them

    Set in 1413 {Medieval}

    292 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- Two Stars

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    { These ratings are for girls who have read the previous books in this series & would enjoyed all the tie-ins. Should be read in order! }

    Every. Body. Fan. Girl. Go!

    /// I fangirled so stinkin hard throughout this book! (It connects #2 (My favorite!) to #1 and #3 and #4!! AHHHH!!!) I also really loved the Strong Faiths! (Some great prayers in this novel!)

    Id also like to said that I loved Margaretha! Were so much alike! She was so much fun!

    The Princess Spy really gave my favorite Melanie Dickerson book The Merchants Daughter a run for its money!

    I really didnt know much about the whole Princess & the Frog storyline, so before I read this book I watched the Disney movie of that title. Interesting movie, to say the least! ;)

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan) for this review.
  2. taralynee
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Imaginative and delightful
    June 18, 2017
    taralynee
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The 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.

  3. Marilyn Sanderson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Princess Spy
    March 6, 2017
    Marilyn Sanderson
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  4. bubby
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Princess Spy
    November 11, 2015
    bubby
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I 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.
  5. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Romantic Tale of Courage and Chivalry!
    August 2, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If 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.
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