by Melanie Dickerson
From the back cover:
She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.
But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . .
if she makes it in time.
The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?
About the author:
Melanie Dickerson is the New York Times bestselling author whose two favorite time periods are Medieval, which she has combined with her love of fairy tales, and Regency England, which stems from her love of Jane Austen. She is a 2-time Christy Award finalist, a 2-time Maggie Award winner, winner of The National Reader’s Choice Award for 2010’s Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama and has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing, hanging out on facebook, and being with her husband, two daughters, and two guinea pigs near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.
Castles and guards, dukes and ladies, betrayal and deceit… When the duke and lady become servants, how will anything be set right?
The Noble Servant is a fun retelling of The Goose Girl and an entertaining sequel to The Beautiful Pretender. (While there are characters who reappear, the stories do not have to be read in order.)
I love Magdalen’s compassion. Even when she is angry, she can’t seem to help herself. Her compassion is just a part of who she is.
Suspense will keep you turning pages, anxious for good to triumph over evil. Younger (teen) readers will especially enjoy this romantic fairy tale.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)