The Beautiful Pretender: A BookLook Blogger Review

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Melanie Dickerson’s novels over the last year or so. I read a lot of books for review and I’m always excited when I see a new one from her available to me! 
The Beautiful Pretender is a lovely story that kept me guessing as to how the heroine was going to resolve her conflict. Being a ladies maid is not easy task, but when she is forced into a situation where she is pretending to be her lady rather her lady’s maid, Avelina is thrown into an indulgent life of luxury. Her lady runs away with a knight after she finds out she is with child leaving the entire family in danger. The Earl of Pimmwald insists Avelina take his daughter’s place vying for marriage to the Margrave of Thornbeck castle.

Avelina never intended to fall in love with the man. In fact she tries to promote the qualities of another lovely young woman to him, but the Margrave falls for Avelina. Avelina soon begins to fear for her safety within the castle and must find a way to safely return to her family.

The way Melanie Dickerson takes a classic fairy tale and crafts it into a plausible reality is simply beautiful. Until these novels I had never cared much for a medieval time period for a setting. I love the way she thoughtfully weaves spiritual truths and internal conflicts for the characters. I never feel she is preaching at her audience, but I see the truth of God’s Word shining through her heroes and heroines. Her conversational style is a pleasure to read.

Disclaimer: I was given this title to read in exchange for my honest review as a Book Look Blogger. The opinions here are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

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