Saturday, June 4, 2016

Book Review: "The Beautiful Pretender," by Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender
by Melanie Dickerson
YA Fiction
Thomas Nelson

About the book:

What happens when a margrave realizes he's fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave's 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 Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse -- and far deadlier -- consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

Note: This is the second book in the Medieval Fairy Tale series, but the stories are completely independent of each other.

My thoughts:
The Beautiful Pretender is a story for every girl who dreams of a fairy-tale romance and adventure. It has it all: a moody but compassionate hero, a smart and beautiful heroine, murder and mystery, a lush medieval setting, a forbidden romance and more. I loved the plucky Avelina, who struggled with wanting to assert herself while being trapped in her station in life as a servant girl. Despite having a privileged life, Thornbeck had experienced a lot of tragedy and secretly yearned for happiness. I loved the characters in The Beautiful Pretender and was sad to see their story come to an end!

About the author:
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

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