Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Melanie Dickerson: The Noble Servant

By Kelly Bridgewater

She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.

Since meeting Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, Lady Magdalen has not been able to stop thinking about him. She knows—as a penniless lady with little to offer in terms of a dowry—she has no real hope of marrying such a highly titled man, so it comes as a great surprise when she receives a letter bearing his seal, asking for her hand in marriage.

But all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. Steffan has been evicted by his scheming uncle, and his cousin has taken over the title of duke. Disguised as a shepherd, Steffan hopes to gain entry to the castle and claim the items that will prove he is the true Duke of Wolfberg.

Journeying to the castle, Magdalen has no idea what awaits her, but she certainly did not expect her loyal maidservant to turn on her. Forcing Magdalen to trade places with her, the servant plans to marry the duke and force Magdalen to tend the geese.

Without their respective titles—and the privileges that came with them—Steffan and Magdalen are reunited in the shepherd’s field. Together they conspire to get back their rightful titles. But they must hurry . . . or else they risk losing it all to his uncle’s evil plan.

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My Review:

Melanie Dickerson did it again. I truly enjoyed The Noble Servant, her latest installment in her A Medieval Fairy Tale series. With brave and heroic characters and a plot that keeps on moving to the conclusion, I had a hard time putting the novel down. I finished it in one day.

As always, Dickerson grips me with how well she can bring this historical time period to life. I honestly feel like I'm roaming the castles, the field, and glancing at the sea with the characters. I enjoy her attention to detail and how she captures my imagination as I spend a couple of hours in the past. While the research flows from the previous novels, I did not have a hard time swallowing anything she presented in her novel. It flowed seamlessly and presented an united story.

This time around, I watched Lady Magdalen and Steffan as they were forced into a treacherous situation where they had to hide their true identity or be killed. While Magdalen and Steffan grew into their roles as the geese and sheep herder, their bravery and compassion for the less fortunate shone on the page. While trying to keep their true identity a secret, they stood up for the underbelly of society and took their beatings.  The downside to their characters is that Magdalen and Steffan were nice people at the beginning of the story and stayed the same way throughout. No character transformations.

The romance was slow moving, which is how I like it. Steffan and Magdalen would spend many hours talking together, learning more and more about each other and falling in love as an end result. What girl doesn't want a guy who will listen and share his ideas with them? I enjoyed Steffan and could completely understand why Magdalen fell in love with him. On the other hand, the plot moved at a nice pace, especially after they escaped from the castle and where on the hunt from Steffan's uncle. It was a nice change of pace to see them trying to survive in the mines without rushing the story along.

Dickerson's The Noble Servant is a great continuation of her Medieval Fairy Tales with a wonderful romantic story between well-deserving characters who are on the hunt to right a evil plot against them. I highly recommend this book to young and mature adults alike. This is a book that should be bought and placed on the keeper shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of Melanie Dickerson's The Noble Servant from Thomas Nelson Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I LOVE fairy tale remakes like Melanie Dickerson's writings and Once Upon a Time television show. Do you enjoy reading remakes of other stories? Or do you think a writer should leave the greats alone? Why?

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