Sunday, June 5, 2016
The Beautiful Pretender- Melanie Dickerson
Description: The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?
My Thoughts: Something about characters who hide who they really are has always intrigued me. Knowing who the character really is while the other characters do not amuses me to no end and seeing Avelina and Thornbeck's interactions while he believes her to be another person had me chuckling throughout and earnestly invested in the outcome.
Near the end, after Thornbeck discovered who she really was, did drag a little bit. The story was less amusing and slightly more irritating as the two refused to even think about how they could still be together. The actions of the villains also became a lot less rational in an effort to shove the main characters together for conflict.
Yet, in the end, everything turned out the way I had hoped and I enjoyed another one of Melanie's happily-ever-afters. This book certainly reminded me of why I had loved her first books and why I will continue to read the next ones she writes.
I received this book through Litfuse in exchange for a honest review.