Review of The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

Leah Courtney
Sometimes I like a light, easy read- nothing very deep but something enjoyable. The Beautiful Pretender fits that description.

Christian fiction

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From the book's description...

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

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

There was nothing particularly deep or thoughtful about this book, but it was a fairly likable read. The Medieval setting with princes and princesses and lords and ladies is one I enjoy. The characters weren't extremely well-developed. I felt as if there was more action and less reflection.    The story line is one I've seen done before, so it wasn't particularly new or different. I did enjoy the romance of the story. I thought it was a sweet story.

I give this one 3.5 stars and a G rating for content. You can find it on Amazon here and read a Kindle preview below.

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