Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

Book review of The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins



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.
Magdalen of Mallin was one of the maidens invited to Thornbeck Castle as a potential bride in The Beautiful Pretender. There she met the Duke of Wolfberg and was quite taken with him. She had hoped for a marriage proposal from him but after quite a bit of time passes she's given up hope. And then it comes! A proposal from the handsome duke. But she has to wonder, why has he chosen her? 
On the way to his castle she is forced to trade places with her maid and work as a servant upon their arrival. She is now a goose girl, the lowest of the lowest servants. However, it soon becomes apparent that all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. There seem to be secrets and plots abounding. Who is playing who and what is really going on? How will she get word to her mother for help? 
This is another fairy tale by a talented author that you will not want to miss. Aimed at the teen/young adult crowd, this is a sweet story that any age can enjoy.
I received this book from the publisher. My opinions are entirely my own. Thank you Thomas Nelson.


About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healer’s Apprentice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

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