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Reviewed by Charity Lyman

Amazing! The Beautiful Pretender is a novel penned by Melanie Dickerson, and part of the Medieval Fairy Tale series. I found myself deeply involved in this book mere seconds after reading the first paragraph. This is a story of a wounded Margrave fighting for his city and a woman desperate to find true love. It has a plot that will have you cheering the characters on, all the while feeling like you have been dropped into the middle of Beauty and the Beast!

Reinhart Stolten, Margrave of Thornbeck Castle, has been given a command from the King. As the new Margrave, he is asked, or rather strongly urged, to find a bride. Armed with a list from the King of those prized enough to be wed to someone of high importance, he embarks on a contest of sorts to find his future wife. But quickly enough, his list of requirements is somewhat challenged by one young lady in particular–Lady Dorothea. A young lady he finds himself strangely drawn to in spite of himself. The only problem is, that Lady Dorothea is not who she appears to be. She is, in fact, a servant girl, forced to cover for the Earl of Plimmwald as his daughter ran away with a Knight. Avelina, the woman pretending to be Lady Dorothea, finds it difficult to be coerced into playing the part of a Lady being courted by a Lord. After all, she does everything in her power to show him disinterest. But will true love triumph in the end? Or shall Avelina be sent back after her deception is discovered?

Melanie Dickerson is a splendid author, drawing her readers into a time much different than ours today. I loved seeing some of the other characters from her previous books, including Jorgen and Odette from The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Jorgen is still the chancellor of Thornbeck Castle and his wife Odette is no longer an outlaw but a strong woman who plays quite a bit into the story. I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed this Medieval Fairy Tale! Excellent work by Mrs. Dickerson!


Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.


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