April 29, 2017

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. 

Book Details:
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 9, 2017)
ISBN-13: 978-0718026608

About the book:
She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.

But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . .

if she makes it in time.

The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.

On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.

When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?

New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.

Meet the author - Melanie Dickerson: 
Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award for 2010's Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.

My thoughts:
I was very excited to get the chance to read this book. It is the third book in the Medieval Fairy Tale Series but you are able to read them as a stand alone book as well. This actual story was based on the fairy tale of the prince and the pauper as well as I have heard that this is also a telling of the story "The Goose Girl", I have not heard of this story so I will have to check it out. I was so mad at Magdalen's servant - who does she think she is making Magdalen pretend she is the servant and taking Magdalen's title. It was nice that Magdalen and the rightful Duke worked together to both get their titles back. There was romance, danger and a few twists in this story which made it that much better to read. I loved the setting of this book and the author's description of it made me able to feel as if I was there. The author's writing style makes this book move right along at a steady pace. I am looking forward to see what fairy tale this author rewrites next. 

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