The Beautiful Pretender
Plot Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ⑦ 8 9 10
Pace: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ⑦ 8 9 10
Quality of Writing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Characters Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ⑧ 9 10
Ease of Reading: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ⑧ 9 10
Publication Date: 2016
Number of Pages: 307
Series: A Medieval Fairy Tale-Book 2
Summary on back cover:
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.
Ahh yes, another heart-warming tale by Melanie Dickerson filled with sweet romance and happily-ever-after’s. For me, I love the medieval time period, it’s so nice to read something not set in the 1800’s or in present day. I’d say that Melanie Dickerson’s books are geared toward more of a teenage crowd, but anyone can read them! I certainly enjoyed it.
But……... 🙂 just a couple of things. Melanie Dickerson’s storylines are always the same, and you can bet that after reading so many of her books, it gets a little predicable. Halfway through the book, I already knew the ending! It made reading the second half boring and dull.
Her characters have the same problem. The problem isn’t that they’re too boring or dull but too perfect. They’re sweet, gorgeous, and smart. You guessed it, they will probably find out that they happen to be a princess. I don’t know about you but I cannot relate to them. (For once I would like to read about a peasant marrying a peasant) This makes them dull and boring to read about.
I think Melanie Dickerson is such a gifted writer, she can do so much more with her abilities! She just needs to explore what she is capable of.
This book was still a good read. If you have a teenage daughter or never read a Melanie Dickerson book, then give it a try! You’ll find her stories will sweep you up into a whirlwind of mystery, romance and a happily-ever-after.