The Beautiful Pretender

Dickerson, Melanie. The Beautiful Pretender: A Medieval Fairy Tale. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
As the maidservant to Lady Dorthea, daughter of the Earl of Plimmwald, Avelina has only two requirements when taking Lady Dorthea’s place at Thornbeck Castle…no one must know her true identity as a maidservant and she must make sure the Margrave of Thornbeck does not chose her as his bride. With huge uncertainty on acting as a Lady, Avelina stumbles her way through the two weeks spent at the castle, socializing with the other prospects, becoming acquainted with the Margrave, protecting herself from danger and trying to hold onto her heart. When the events prove too difficult to master, Avelina must seek another plan…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Every once in a while, a book comes along that I do not want to end; The Beautiful Pretender was one of those savored books. With romance, suspense, and danger combined perfectly with full characters, a medieval setting, a gripping storyline, and excellent writing, author Melanie Dickerson had me from the cover. With a slight salute to Beauty and the Beast, I cannot wait for the next novel in the Medieval Fairy Tale series.

RATING:
5+ (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Beautiful Pretender from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

The Golden Braid

Dickerson, Melanie.  The Golden Braid.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing.  2015.

SUMMARY:
goldenbraidLiving alone with her mother, Rapunzel realizes she has certain skills (knife throwing) but is lacking the one skill she yearns for the most- being able to read. Hastily moving due to interest from a suitor, Rapunzel and her mother, Gothel, move to medieval Hagenheim. Along the way, they encounter a knight needing their assistance. Once saved, the knight becomes indebted to Rapunzel, ultimately providing her with more than just her immediate dream of learning to read…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As a fan of fairytales, usually the girly, glamorous type, this story was just the opposite. Rather than the dreamy, dependent daughter meeting her prince, but instead a strong independent young lady ready to take on the world, author Melanie Dickerson takes a unique direction for Rapunzel. Full of life lessons (kindness, compassion, relationships), more contemporary in the telling, suggested Christian values, and other possible ideas/options included, The Golden Braid was well written and a wonderful addition to The Fairytale Romance series. Appropriate for both young adults as well as adults, this book is surely worth the time.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Golden Braid from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

Princess Ever After

Hauck, Rachel. Princess Ever After: Royal Wedding Series. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 2014.

SUMMARY:
princessHaving just left her job with an accounting firm to open her own classic car restoration business, Reggie Beswick is stunned to find out she may truly be a princess…not just any princess but Princess Regina Alice Beswick Augustine-Saxon of Hessenberg. Regina soon finds that the ancient nation of Hessenberg relies on her believing who she was born to be while her heart must decide where her loyalties lie. With humor, grace, faith and her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales, Regina finds her happily-ever-after in the most unusual ways.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read the first book in the Royal Wedding Series-Once Upon A Prince, I was anticipating the next book…much to my delight, I enjoyed this faith-filled fairytale just as equally. Rachel Hauck did a wonderful job of combining modern-life with ancient-life, contemporary problems with past politics, reality with imagination, non-beliefs with grace and prayers, and of course, just good-old-fashioned princess fluff. I only hope the author continues with this series!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Princess Ever After from Zondervan and BookSneeze for my honest review*