It's the first book I have read of hers that wasn't considered young adult fiction, but it still had all the same mystery, suspense and romance that all of her other books have!
This book stars Avelina, a maidservant to the Lady Dorothea of Plimmwald. When Dorothea runs away with the stable help, the Earl of Plimmwald sends Avelina to The Margrave of Thornbeck's palace in Dorothea's place. She must keep her identity a secret or risk losing her family and everything she holds dear. The Margrave must find a bride immediately so he invites ten young ladies to be his guests at the Palace for two weeks. At the end of that time, he must choose one of them for his bride.
Being a poor peasant with her family back home, Avelina has no desire to marry the Margrave, so she tries to divert all of his attention to one of the sweet young ladies in their group. Unfortunately, the Margrave has already taken notice of Avelina despite her forward thinking and her tendency to speak openly and honestly. As much as she doesn't want to admit it, she begins having feelings for the Margrave as well.
When I get a Melanie Dickerson book, I better be ready to read the whole night long because I know I will not want to put that book down! ;) I thought the characters were very well developed and reading about them made me feel as if I already knew them. Melanie's writing style is very easy to read and understand, and she keeps you guessing up until the last second! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, fiction, or even a good fairy tale now and then! I rate it as 5 stars!
I received this book for free from Litfuse in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.
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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