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The Beautiful Pretender - (Medieval Fairy Tale) by Melanie Dickerson (Paperback)

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  • After inheriting his title from his brother, the new margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride.
  • 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.
  • 320 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Christian
  • Series Name: Medieval Fairy Tale


About the Book

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?

Book Synopsis

After inheriting his title from his brother, the new margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck is under orders from the king 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 the ladies and reveal their true character. But one of the guests is not who she pretends to be . . . and not everyone in attendance is there with good intentions.

A commoner, 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--and far deadlier--consequences. Will there ever be a wedding at Thornbeck Castle?

  • Full-length, clean fairy tale retelling inspired by Beauty and the Beast and The Princess and the Pea
  • Stand-alone novel in the Medieval Fairy Tale series
    • Book 1: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
    • Book 2: The Beautiful Pretender
    • Book 3: The Noble Servant
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Review Quotes

"Dickerson fans will enjoy this latest medieval fairy tale that includes the return of Jorgen and Odette as they aid Reinhart and Avelina in seeking God's help in sparing all from war."--CBA Retailers and Resources

4 stars. 'Readers of The Huntress of Thornback Forest will be pleased to see Odette and Jorgen happily married and working together to help Reinhart overcome his insecurities. Avelina and Reinhart's devotion to each other in spite of gossip and social expectations reminds readers that we are never too old for fairy tales, and romantic dreams can come true.'--RT Book Reviews

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. Visit her on line at Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor

Dimensions (Overall): 8.3 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: .6 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Christian
Series Title: Medieval Fairy Tale
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: Paperback
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Language: English
Street Date: May 17, 2016
TCIN: 50773231
UPC: 9780718026288
Item Number (DPCI): 248-10-9067
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5 out of 5 stars
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Jaquelyn2 - 8 years ago
This is the first book I have read by Melanie Dickerson, and I can honestly say it won’t be my last. The Beautiful Pretender drew me in from the first page. Dickerson made me feel as if I was transported to 1363, and I enjoyed every bit of it. The characters were relatable, and I grew to easily love them. The book was filled with twists and turns, and I found it nearly impossible to put down. The story follows the Margrave of Thornbeck and Avelina as they get to know each other, but what secrets are they keeping? Avelina has always felt like she wasn’t any different than the Earl’s daughter. When the Earl asks her to go Thornbeck Castle in place of her, she doesn’t have a choice, but worries she will be discovered. Her goals are to hide their deception, be ordinary, and not get picked to be the bride. Not being taught how to properly act or talk leaves her little choice but to be herself. Avelina feels that her answers, though one hundred percent truthful, will easily dissuade Lord Thornbeck from choosing her. What she doesn’t count on is enjoying spending time with him. Can she fight these growing feelings knowing that they can never be together? Can she discover who is behind the danger? This was my favorite type of book. I love it when two unlikely people fall in love. Dickerson mixed the perfect amount of romance and suspense. Avelina is an awesome heroine. She is comfortable in her own skin and isn’t afraid to say what is on her mind. She is also loyal to those she loves, and will do everything in her power to help them in any way she can. Lord Thornbeck is the perfect hero. He might seem gruff on the outside, but he has yet to learn what true love is. He is a handsome soldier. Need I say more? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Great book!

5 out of 5 stars
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MyBookThoughts - 8 years ago
The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson is the second book in the "Medieval Fairy Tale" series, the first of which was The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and I liked this one as well. The main characters from the first book carried over into this book, but The Beautiful Pretender works as a stand-alone (although there were some funny moments that wouldn't be funny to those who weren't familiar with the original characters). I've read several reviews saying that this is a "Beauty and the Beast" spinoff, and while I did sort of see that, I thought it was more of a "Princess and the Pea" spinoff. When the Margrave of Thornbeck inherits his title from his brother, he has to find himself a bride, and quickly. He sends out an invitation to noblewomen nearby to come and stay at his place so he can get to know them and pick a bride. Avelina is Lady Dorothea's lady's maid. When Lady Dorothea receives an invitation to stay at Thornbeck Castle, she realizes that she's already in love with one of her father's knights, and runs away to elope the night before she's scheduled to leave. Lady Dorothea's father summons Avelina and commands that she go in her lady's place and receive provision for her family or be left destitute forever, Avelina is forced to go along with the deception. All she has to do is not let the Margrave fall in love with her and say whatever she thinks her lady would've said. Seems simple enough. I really enjoyed this book! The characters had great dialogue with each other and the elements of suspense did not seem overdone (although they were close). This series is great for teen and tween-age girls who like historical fiction and twists on fairytales. I know my younger sisters love these stories, and I do as well. Thank you so much to Harpercollins/Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive, nor was I compensated in any way aside from receiving the book itself.
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