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The Beautiful Pretender ~ Review

The Beautiful Pretender
A Medieval Fairy Tale 2
By Melanie Dickerson

Fans of Melanie Dickerson's previous books will enjoy this newest book which follows some of the characters to whom we were introduced in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest.  The Margrave of Thornbeck has been encouraged by King Carl to find a wife from among the daughters of the nobles and sooner rather than later.  But Reinhart Stolten has no desire to bind himself to some unknown woman simply to bring peace to region.

When Jorgen Hartman, his chancellor, suggests a way of testing these ten noble daughters for their suitability Reinhart has no choice but agree to this plan.  With the help Jorgen and his wife Odette, Reinhart prepares himself for the upcoming two weeks of observing and testing - a task he'd rather not be part of.

But one of the honored young woman has no intention of becoming a pawn in her father's desire to strengthen alliances with Thornbeck. The Earl of Pilmmvald has no intention of offending the Margrave and if his wayward daughter refuses to corporate her maidservant Avelina will just have to fill her mistress's shoes (literally and figuratively).  But can a young woman born of servants and working as a servant convince the nobility that she is Lady Dorothea and their equal?

The two most dangerous weeks of her life are about to begin - if she is found out her life, her family and all the people of Pilmmvald are at risk.  But there are even greater dangers awaiting at the castle of Thornbeck than Avelina could have ever anticipated, especially when her highly unusual opinion and skill sets catch the eye of the Margrave. An engagement to the Margrave is the farthest thing from Avelina's efforts - after all a noble taking a servant for his wife is not only scandalous, it could very well be the means by which Reinhart could lose his title and the king's favor.

Can Avelina pretend an interest in the Margrave and yet make him pick a young woman of her choosing?  Determined to keep those she holds dearest Avelina is about to follow the commands of her lord even if she must break her own heart in the process.

This is yet another delight from Melanie Dickerson, one that will keep your attention as the danger increases.  Fans of young adult and historical romantic fiction will enjoy this story set in the 14th century.  Life, most definitely, was not easier as one's life and very being depended on the whims of those who ruled.

I was provided a copy of this book through BookLook in exchange for my honest review.

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?

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