This week I am highlighting Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale series as a prelude to the release of her newest book, “The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest” on May 12th!
The Princess Spy (Fairy Tales #5)
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.
I received this book in the middle of college finals and I found that I could not focus on studying until I finished reading this book! Based loosely on the fairytale, “The Frog Prince,” Margaretha, Duke Wilhelm’s and Rose’s cheerful, eldest daughter must discover who’s the prince and who’s the frog in this sweet, romantic adventure by Melanie Dickerson. Margaretha, who we have glimpses of in “The Fairest Beauty” and “The Captive Maiden” is notoriously chatty and can’t keep a secret. Older now, though still chatty and full of romantic ideas, Margaretha is kind and full of faith. Torn between the courtship of Lord Claybrook, and her desire to help the injured ‘froggy-looking’ Colin, Margaretha discovers that appearances are deceiving. Discovering an evil plot against her father, Margaretha and Colin must overcome their personal biases, find courage, and work together to bring help to the castle. I’m not sure how noble Colin survived two head traumas without becoming addle-minded. I prefer to trust that God was healing him and making him into the perfect match for Margaretha. Claybrook is a peacock you will love to despise, and without giving away the details, he receives his ‘just rewards’. As a “happily ever after” sort of girl, I was very pleased with this book, and now moaning that I have to wait for Ms. Dickerson’s next book (sigh)!