The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

Beautiful Pretender

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? – from author’s website

I couldn’t put this book down. When I started it, I was only going to read for a couple of hours but ended up reading it in one day. I loved that it was written like a fairy tale and was filled with castles, knights, peasants, wolves, noble men and women, treason, dungeons, and romance. It brought me back to a time when I used to read and watch a lot of fairy tales. I also liked that the heroine had a crucial part to play in overcoming the coup and that she wasn’t just some damsel in distress like a lot of the older fairy tales. I wasn’t that familiar with some of the medieval terms Dickerson used so I had to look them up, but it didn’t take away from the story. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of Melanie Dickerson’s books.

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