The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

eBook - 2016
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"The Margrave of Thornbeck has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for Avelina, a lovely servant girl in disguise? But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse--far deadlier--consequences. Will Avelina and Lord Thornbeck be able to stop the evil plot?"--
Publisher: Nashville, Tennessee :, Thomas Nelson,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780718026295
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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A fairytale retelling.

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bibliosara Jul 24, 2018

The Beautiful Pretender is the second in Melanie Dickerson's Medieval Fairy Tale series. In this novel, the Margrave of Thornbeck Forest - introduced in the first book of the series - hosts a ball to decide between eligible noble women after receiving a command from the king to marry - and soon. He finds himself quickly entranced by the lovely and kind Lady Dorothea. Little does he suspect that Lady Dorothea is actually Avelina, a servant girl bound to keep her identity secret. Soon, both are embroiled in a plot much worse than a case of mistaken identity, and their lives will be put at risk in a battle for power. I really enjoyed hearing more about the Margrave, who was intriguing even in the first book. As always, Dickerson's writing is wonderful to read: perfect for a young adult seeking a more mature read, or any adult. The Christian theme is subtle and is complementary to the development and growth of the characters.

Oct 25, 2017

I like these kinds of books that are set in different the periods, have interesting characters, mix in some romance, and incorporate some Jesus into the story. I couldn’t stop reading this story and one part reminded me of Beauty and the Beast but I won’t say what part. Definitely a must read!

Aug 19, 2016

I was really excited to read this story .The plot sounded preposterous which made it intriguing. The idea of a mere servant taking a place of a noble woman at a medieval version of “The bachelor" held substantial appeal.

To be sincere, the heroine was a disappointment.

The heroine did a poor job at impersonating a noble woman. I was looking forward to the adventure of a bona fide deception, but the heroine was too sappy to think logically about giving the appropriate responses. I expected that the author would have allowed the heroine to assimilate better into her pretending role and have her do everything or almost everything that is expected of the lady she identifies as, AND still manage to turn the heart of the margrave. Instead, Avelina was mostly juvenile, and for me, lack luster. I found myself rolling my eyes at her senseless humility especially after frostbite and a wolf attack! through chattering teeth she was refusing doctoral help and instead demanding the Margrave be attended to first. It contributed to her luke warm performance. At the conclusion of events in the novel, the author penned redemptive qualities in the heroine but by then, I was wooden towards her.
The hero, The Margrave was thankfully everything I expected. He was a moody, self-conscious character that also managed to have a deep heart of affection.

The story had some exciting parts, especially when the reader learns of a conspiracy that was tied to events in the Margrave's past.

Overall, I’ll say it’s worth a read...but for me it was nothing spectacular.

Jun 23, 2016

Very good book.

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Jul 01, 2016

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