Saturday, December 20, 2014
The Princess Spy- Melanie Dickerson
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: The title of this book made it seem as though there was going to be far more intrigue than there actually was. Not even half way through the book, the heroine has already discovered the villain and his entire plot, and then the only spying after that is her pretending not to understand English when she can. A lot of the characters do versions of this, either acting as though they do not understand English/German, or that they do not know the other person actually does speak English/German.
Throughout the book, Margaretha complains that people think she talks too much. Unfortunately for her, it is true. At least half the things she said through the book were just filler so she could ramble. While it was sweet that Colin was not put off by this, I none the less found myself only reading the first couple sentences of anything she said. Then I would skip to Colin, who was far more to the point.
Like all of Dickerson's books, the romantic interactions between in the hero and heroine were insanely sweet. I completely related to their conversations where they were trying to feel out the other's... feelings. For anyone who doesn't mind a rambling heroine, their happily ever after would definitely make it worth the read.
I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.