“The Princess Spy” by Melanie Dickerson
Review source: BookLook Bloggers
My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
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 haven’t read any of Miss Dickerson’s books previously, though I wanted to, and so when I saw this book available to be reviewed, I jumped at the possibility. It was very good, and I will most definitely continue to read books by this author.
“The Princess Spy” has a light, fairy-tale feel to it, without the magic, and most importantly, with faith as a big aspect, which I really liked. This is a book I would allow my younger sister (and future children of my own one day) to read at the right age.
From what I gathered, this book was a sort of retelling of The Frog Prince. There wasn’t a whole lot that gave clues to that, but I also am not overly familiar with that fairy tale to begin with.
The characters were fun, and likeable (except for the unlikeable ones – the bad ones!), and reading about Margaretha and Colin’s journey was enjoyable. I liked the little boy they found later on, too – he added goodness to the tale as well.
The only thing I would have liked is just a little more God-oriented moments. But really, for the most part, that was handled well.
I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys a good fairy-tale retelling/feel, and enjoys a fun read!
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.