20 October 2014

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

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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.

After reading The Captive Maiden earlier this year, I eagerly waited for the chance to get my hands on Melanie Dickerson’s newest novel, The Princess Spy. I always enjoy a fairytale retelling, and Dickerson’s stories are particularly excellent. And now, after finishing The Princess Spy, I can easily say that once again, there is nothing not to love. With sweetly developing romance, heart-stopping adventure and an encouraging message of good triumphing over evil, it has a bit of everything and offers a quite entertaining narrative. The central characters – Margaretha, with her innocent, endearing chatter and fierce desire to protect her family, and Colin, the addled yet determined foreigner – are lovable, valiant, a bit reckless and easy to cheer towards a happy ending. From the start, they pulled me into their story and I couldn’t stop reading. Overall, The Princess Spy is a great read and I highly recommend it for fans of fairytale retellings.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of The Princess Spy and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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.

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