This is only the second Melanie Dickerson book that I have read. You can be sure that I am going to go back and read all of the books she has written! Wow!!! Previously I read The Golden Braid and loved it, but The Beautiful Pretender took fairy tale stories to a whole new level for me!
The Beautiful Pretender is book two in a series, however, I had not read the first book and had absolutely no trouble following along. The two main characters from the first book are also in this story as supporting characters and I had no trouble understanding how they were connected in this book.
With nods to Beauty and the Beast, which happens to be my favorite fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender had absolutely everything that I desired in a story. The romance was perfect, beginning slowly and growing into an undeniable attraction between two people who were in different social classes and therefore unable to be together.
I also liked the temperaments of both Avelina and Lord Thornbeck. Avelina was a strong young lady without being pushy or obstinate. She had opinions and shared them, but had a kind and loving heart and was trying her best to be as truthful in the difficult situation she was in. Lord Thornbeck was at times gruff and had a few angry outbursts. But his attitude was realistic when viewed through the losses and injury he had recently suffered. I loved watching him change and become a wonderful man for Avelina as the story progressed.
The Beautiful Pretender also had plenty of danger, intrigue, and secrets to keep me on the edge of my seat hoping that everything would work out and that these two complex characters would indeed get their happily ever afters! I absolutely loved this story!!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. 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—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?
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The Beautiful Pretender (Thomas Nelson, May 2016)
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—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?
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.