About the Book
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and 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.
Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin’s message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook’s wicked plot.
About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice and The Merchant’s Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, 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. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at http://www.MelanieDickerson.com.
Another winning title from one of my favorite authors!
All of Melanie Dickerson’s books, thus far, have been based on fairy tale classics, and I hope she continues as such. This story is a vague retelling of The Frog Prince by the Brothers Grimm. I was slightly disappointed that this novel did not have more references to the original, but the new tale this author told, more than made up for this lack.
Margaretha is definitely one of my favorite heroines from all of these stories. I’d like to think that if I had an alter-ego, or if ever I went back into the 1400’s, that I would resemble her. Her quick thinking intelligence, empathetic heart, and ability to kick some bad-guy butt is how I’d hope to come off as well. She was a woman that our hero Colin, could respect in both his head and in his heart. We always have to keep our motives in check and decide where our actions are taking us. In one way or another, freedom or destruction usually awaits us.
This can be read as a stand-alone book, but it is so much fun to revisit other characters from the author’s previous books. I love to catch up with old friends and see how their happily-ever-after’s are progressing along. Another quick read for teens and even older lovers of fiction and, of course, true love’s first kisses…..
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