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The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


Book Description

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 Margaretha—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.

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.


My Review

I have a tradition that I have been able to keep the last few years, of reading a Melanie Dickerson book on Christmas Day. It is such a nice finish to the day. I look forward to my tradition every year, just as much as raviolis and good company.

This year was no exception!  Melanie writes easy to read, young adult historical books.  While there is some light romance, it is nothing that you would not want a teen to read, while still holding the appeal of Medieval fascination.  In this one, the German princess,  obligated to marry, has chosen to marry for convenience. This concept was something that many teenage girls would have faced in the time period this book is set in. I found it especially fascinating  that Melanie Dickerson can write a book meant for teenage girls, and yet it can hold an appeal to adult readers as well. If you have not looked up her book yet, you must. If not for yourself, a teenage girl in your life. The covers alone will catch your eye!

This book was provided for me for review by Book Sneeze and the opinions contained herein are my own. (I did buy a print copy to give as a Christmas gift and am planning on buying one for myself as well, I would encourage you to do the same!)
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Ballad of Calamity Creek by Elizabeth Friermood

Ballad of Calamity Creek
By Elizabeth Friermood

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

This YA book is a little different than our modern YA books. When Ann’s father decides she is done with her college education after only one year of school, she seeks to achieve her dream of teaching without a degree. Traveling to the hills of Kentucky, she works among the mountaineers and teaches their children, not the fancy French and English she thought she would teach, but often more practical things.

Ms. Friermood’s books are written in a simple, straightforward way, and speak well of the historical ways of the era and differences between the different areas as well. The linguistic qualities of the different speech patterns, eating habits, and desire for learning is expressed so beautifully in this story. There is a small touch of romance mixed in the story, but the book is one that is worth re-reading as a wholesome, clean historical fiction for young people.

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