‘The Beautiful Pretender’ by Melanie Dickerson: a Review + a Giveaway

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson: a Review and a Giveaway!From the back cover:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s 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. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost? 

About the author:

Melanie Dickerson, author of A Spy's DevotionMelanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.


My thoughts:

When the Margrave of Thornbeck invites Lady Dorothea to visit, Avelina is not given a choice, but rather is commanded to go in her place. Despite the deception she is forced into, she remains as honest and true-to-herself as possible. But that is precisely what sets her apart from the other ladies invited to the castle.

The Beautiful Pretender is a Beauty and the Beast variation sure to delight any fairy tale lover, whether young or young at heart. My daughter swiped my copy soon after it arrived, and she loved it! Now that I have had a chance to read it, I have to completely agree with her.

From the very beginning, I didn’t want to put the story down. I wanted to stay right there in the castle to watch the story unfold before me. A few chapters in, I told my husband (who is not a reader) about what I had read, and he said I needed to hurry and finish so I could tell him the rest of the story! LOL

Wonderful characters, perilous situations, and great dialogue create a magical tale that is definitely staying on my “keeper” shelf!

Although it is the second in a series, The Beautiful Pretender can be read independently. However, you won’t want to miss any of Melanie Dickerson’s wonderful stories!

(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)

‘The Beautiful Pretender’ Kindle Prize Pack Giveaway:

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie’s blog.

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5 thoughts on “‘The Beautiful Pretender’ by Melanie Dickerson: a Review + a Giveaway

  1. carylkane

    Sarah, I love your review! I’m looking forward to reading this series. 🙂

    • Thanks, Caryl! 🙂 I hope you enjoy them, too!

  2. Kris M

    This book sounds great and I’d love to read it!

    • Oh, I hope you do, Kris. It’s SO good!!

  3. Elizabeth

    I’ve added this to my list of books to be read. It looks good!

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