The Beautiful Pretender~Melanie Dickerson~Book Review

by adustyframe ~ May 18th, 2016

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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—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost? 

 

About the Author:

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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.

 

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I can’t remember if I’ve ever read a book by this author but it was great!

The premise of the book is a little bit like a reality show! Ha. I don’t mean that offensively but that’s exactly what it seemed like to me but not in a bad way. It felt like I was watching a game. “Who will get the guy?” The rich guy by the way!

I wasn’t exactly sure if the things happening or some details were correct for the time period. I didn’t take the time to look up what puzzled me and now I’ve forgotten. I just am not quite sure that the historical background is as detailed as it may be in other historical novels I’ve enjoyed. This didn’t take away from the story which I did enjoy.

The characters are well written and enjoyable and if you’re looking for a different type of book by a great author check this one out.

If you’d like to know what other reviewers thought of this book, check out her page on Litfuse.

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?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie’s blog.

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.

Lizzie

1 Thought Shared to The Beautiful Pretender~Melanie Dickerson~Book Review

  1. Barbara H.

    I enjoyed many of Melanie’s “retold” fairy tales – hope to get to this one soon.

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