Book Description: After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his 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.
My Thoughts: I love these "remakes" of the fairy tales by Melanie Dickerson. This particular story, The Beautiful Pretender, is a mix between Beauty and the Beast and the Princess and the Pea. By coincidence these two princess stories are two of my favorite fairy tales.
I love the pretend part of Avelina's ruse so that the prince doesn't know her real identity. Adeline has been sent in the place of the princess to be the guest of The Margrave of Thornbeck, whom we met in The Huntress of Thornback Forest, he took over after his brother's death. However, the prince is drawn to her...she just has that special something about her. But the prince is like the Beast...he is gruff and well, beastly.
This is a well thought out plot with a lot of character building.
I've enjoyed all of the "fairy tales" that Melanie Dickerson has penned but this story, The Beautiful Pretender, is my all time favorite. I love the story line. It's a fantastic tale! It's also a fun and light read.
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