Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Princess Spy - Book Review

A new suitor.
A shocking discovery.

Margaretha has always been a romantic and hopes her newest suitor,
Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love.
But then an injured man is brought to the castle,
claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook's men.
She convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger,
until Colin retrieves an heirloom so lost in a well
and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment.
Margaretha knows she could never be a spy - not only does she tend to talk too much,
she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed.
But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgement
about not only Colin but Claybrook as well.
She soon finds herself running for her life - and it may be up to her to save 
her father and her family from one man's wicked plot.



My Thoughts

A delightful fairytale told from a different view.
Melanie Dickerson weaves a classic and romantic story 
similar to the fairytale The Frog Prince.
Spirituality, romance, intrigue, suspense, courage, and humor. . .
the author brings all that and more to The Princess Spy, 
what more could you ask for in a book?
This book is labeled as teen fiction 
yet it held my complete attention and I am in my late 20's.
I found The Princess Spy to be a most enjoyable book
with characters that were charming and witty.
By the end of the book I was already wanting to read another one
written by the talented Melanie Dickerson.

Margaretha is a beautiful character, inside and out.
She has a generous spirit and kind heart, but talks too much.
She often babbles on and on which causes her to be "untrustworthy"
when it comes to keeping certain things quiet.
After all, she is known to accidentally let things slip out when she is rambling on.
A time comes when she must keep quiet or it might mean death to her family,
but can she do it and who can she trust. . .

Lord Colin thinks Margaretha is just a "flibbertigibbet,"
a young woman with no sense who talks too much.
But the more he gets to know her he realizes there is more than meets the eye.
Colin carries a load of guilt concerning two friends and Lord Claybrook
and he wants only revenge.
Lady Margaretha tries to point out
that there is a difference between justice and vengeance,
 but is Colin willing to open his eyes and heart to the difference
before the hatred consumes him. . .

A well-written book with a few twists that were unexpected and surprising.

** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

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,
as well as the acclaimed novels The Merchant's Daughter,
The Fairest Beauty, and The Captive Maiden.
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.

8 comments:

Terra said...

This book sounds interesting, with castles, nobles, secrets and romance.

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a great book.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

I like your book reviews and have read two on your recommendation already!

As an aside, I wish there were more contemporary books set during Thanksgiving, It's my favorite holiday! Even The Hallmark Channel seems to be rushing right ti Christmas...starting Halloween Night! Really?!?

Anyway, I pray you have a wonderful day.
xo, m & jb

Barbara Neubeck said...

... Stephanie, this sounds like a book my grand daughter might like to read... thanks for the review...
Hugs and Blessings.. Barb xx

kitty said...

I always enjoy reading your book review posts, Stephanie. This one sounds like a book that I would enjoy, too. xo

Sola Scriptura said...

I love the title of this book, it made me interested straightaway!
Hugs to you,
Lauren

Cattails said...

It is the time of year where I am looking for books to read during the winter months. Thanks for the review and have a nice day.

Denise said...

Such a great review.

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