Monday, May 8, 2017
The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
From the publisher:
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?
What Melanie Dickerson does with classic fairytales is really a dream come true for many readers who have loved the classics. This novel is loosely based off of The Goose Girl, which is a favorite of mine. The storyline that Dickerson creates is engaging and will keep readers excited.
This is a Young Adult book and so some of the time I felt that the dialogue was a bit stilted. That being said, it was still an enjoyable read.
It is fun to read this in conjunction with her other novels as some of the characters weave in and out. It is fun to read about previous characters as they go on with their lives. You do not have to read any previous books to enjoy this one though.
I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
Posted by Beth-Anne