Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Review: The Princess Spy - Adventure and romance

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Back cover summary:

Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha—one of the few who speaks his language—understands the wild story.
Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.

My thoughts 

I was immediately pulled into this riveting tale from the very first page and hardly put it down until it was over. I found the main character, Margaretha, to be endearing. She had a great love for her family and her home and she was quick and willing to help out the stranger, Colin. I liked how Margaretha struggled with the things she did not like about herself at the beginning of the tale, often complaining about the people (her younger siblings included) who did not like those same traits. This seemed to affect her self-esteem and lead her into thinking she was undesirable. She even appeared a little naive at times. But as the story advanced she showed courage, surprising herself and proving everyone wrong. The character of Colin is noble, ready to protect and do whatever it takes to make sure justice is served. Although he has his doubts about Margaretha, he soon finds out that first impressions may be wrong. I enjoyed their endearing story and the way they both held on to their faith in God even in very trying times. 
Margaretha learns that despite her faults, she is indeed a woman of great worth. Her worth is not determined by the fact that she is the duke's daughter and cannot be measured by the opinions of others. 

This is overall a light read. I would definitely recommend.

I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers® (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for an honest review. 

Have you read this one? 
Or have you read any other of Melanie Dickerson's books? Which one would you recommend? 

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