After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his 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.
I have only read a few of Ms. Dickerson's books and while I have enjoyed them all, The Beautiful Pretender is my absolute favorite!
This re-telling of Beauty and the Beast is recognizable as the age old fairy tale but with such a fresh, unique and engaging twist that it is a delight to read. It's a love story that will warm your heart!
Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.