Melanie Dickerson’s ‘The Beautiful Pretender’ Once Upon a Kindle Giveaway

Inheriting the new title of margrave means Reinhart has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise? Find out in the new medieval fairy tale, The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson. 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?

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie’s blog.

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A Spy’s Devotion, by Melanie Dickerson

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In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman. And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

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The Merchant’s Daughter, by Melanie Dickerson

book coverAn unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.

Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf’s bailiff—a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.

Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff’s vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf’s future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.

There are few novels written about medieval England and most of those are full of suspense and darkness. What a relief, therefore, to come across The Merchant’s Daughter which gives the reader plenty of hope amongst that darkness. Medieval England was a complex time, where the men of the church were not always good Christian men, a lord – often from outside the area – ruled the village, and the villagers were subservient to both church and lord.

Annabel is one of those villagers. Once upon a time, her family enjoyed relative freedom thanks to her father’s position of merchant. Unfortunately, the wealth was lost and her father died in the recent pestilence. Where Annabel might have once been able to marry a nobleman, she sees entering a convent her only option. Especially since her shiftless brother is determined to marry her off to the village bailiff. When her family is told one of them must become an indentured servant to the newly arrived lord of the manor, Annabel takes the chance; even though the man is rumored to be a terrifying beast, both in looks and temperament.

Yes, this is a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, but without the all-dancing, all-singing clocks and candlesticks. It is a beautiful example of how we should look past the exterior and look to the heart of a person. It is through ‘the beast’ that Annabel truly learns of God’s character and, in a moment of crisis, she calls upon God to give her the words to say in order to save them both. The Merchant’s Daughter is being targeted as a Young Adult novel; however, I would say this is also a book for ‘Old Adults’ such as myself.

Publisher: Zondervan

Publication Date: 29 November 2011

Page Count: 288

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I received my free copy of The Merchant’s Daughter from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.