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The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

 

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the book:

She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.

Since meeting Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, Lady Magdalen has not been able to stop thinking about him. She knows—as a penniless lady with little to offer in terms of a dowry—she has no real hope of marrying such a highly titled man, so it comes as a great surprise when she receives a letter bearing his seal, asking for her hand in marriage.

But all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. Steffan has been evicted by his scheming uncle, and his cousin has taken over the title of duke. Disguised as a shepherd, Steffan hopes to gain entry to the castle and claim the items that will prove he is the true Duke of Wolfberg.

Journeying to the castle, Magdalen has no idea what awaits her, but she certainly did not expect her loyal maidservant to turn on her. Forcing Magdalen to trade places with her, the servant plans to marry the duke and force Magdalen to tend the geese.

Without their respective titles—and the privileges that came with them—Steffan and Magdalen are reunited in the shepherd’s field. Together they conspire to get back their rightful titles. But they must hurry . . . or else they risk losing it all to his uncle’s evil plan.

My Review:

I try to never go into Melanie Dickerson’s books with expectations. For some reason, even though I know that the ones based on fairy tales will be familiar, she never ceases to surpass my expectations I do have.
This story, light, fun, but with hints of deeper meaning, spoke to my heart. It reminded me of a story that I had mapped out years ago, but never wrote. I loved the sweet retelling of this fairy tale, with the depth and heart that she has. It is one that young adults and adults will enjoy alike.

When you are looking for a good book, that will brighten your life, look to buy this one.

The publishing date is May 9th and is available for preorder for 8.42 for hardcover “The Noble Servant” 

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The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book:

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?

My Review:

I don’t preorder very many authors. Melanie Dickerson is an exception to my rule. I know that I can give her books as gifts, order them for myself and always be pleased with the quality of the writing and the story.
The Beautiful Pretender was no exception. I found myself in a room of almost 60 noisy theater students and yet, I was able to concentrate and transport myself to another world beyond the theater room. It takes a skilled author to be able to do that for me!
One of the things I loved about this story, was that while it was a rewritten fairy tale, it was filled to the brim with redemption, forgiveness and life lessons that could be applied today to anyone’s life. This book was great entertainment, but also so uplifting for me. It made me stop and think several times. While still light reading, it had a richness of a deeper story. Great job, Melanie!

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A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the Book:

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

My Review:

I have long been a fan of Melanie Dickerson’s books. Every Christmas for the last approximately five years, I have bought her books to read on Christmas day. So, when she varied from her normal genre of fairy tale rewrites to write Regency, I was wondering if I would enjoy it as much as her other books. I should not have doubted.

Wow. While this book is geared towards adults, it would still be appropriate like her other reads for teens. It was a genuinely amazing Regency story, that will remind you of the famous Regency authors of old with twists that will have your heart slightly racing. I enjoyed, not only the light romantic story, but the mystery of the spying with historical facts throughout. The end result, Melanie Dickerson hits the high notes again. This book is another “must buy” book.

This book was provided for me by NetGalley and the author for review. The opinions contained herein are my own.

You can purchase a copy available for pre-order here. It releases February 9th, 2016

 

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The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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Book Description:

Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?

 

My Review:

My mini celebration of Christmas in May, came a little early to my mailbox this year. I found myself thrilled to read and review this newest work by Melanie Dickerson. Although this one is geared towards adults slightly more than her other books, it still has that clean, young adult feel to it. I am especially thrilled that it is her first book to be out on audio! I cannot wait to share it with my sons.

I loved the Robin Hood type theme without it really being Robin Hood. The direction this story takes is so fun. It is not a story with long descriptions of depth and poetry, but I felt the story teach me as I read. This young maiden has a desire to help the poor, while being  willing to risk anything and everything to do so. Her uncle has been the only family member left to care for her, and she is eternally grateful.

I enjoyed how the author wove the storyline of poor choices for the right reasons throughout. This will inspire a good discussion between mothers, daughters or even for book clubs after reading this work. Besides, the cover is absolutely gorgeous!

Once again, Melanie has succeeded in bringing us a story that feels classic with lessons to live by. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend for both adults and young people.

This book was provided for review by the author and NetGalley for review. The opinions contained herein are my own.

You can still pre-order a copy of this book which is released on May 12th, 2015. The eBook is only $4.99 http://amzn.to/1zDkSC5

 

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