Author: Melanie Dickerson
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Book Look Bloggers’ website description of The Princess Spy:
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she 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.
Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.
Margaretha isn’t your average princess. She talks too much, she’s over curious, and she’s strong willed. When a stranger shows up at Hagenheim half-dead and babbling nonsense, she simply can’t resist. Especially when she realizes he is speaking English, and she is the only one in Hagenheim who can understand him.
I liked how neither Margaretha nor Colin were particularly attracted to each other at the outset of this story. They were each rather put-off by the other. However, as the story progresses and they are forced together in various situations, they start to grow closer, and love begins to grow.
This is a frog prince fairytale retelling, and unlike Melanie’s other novels, this one doesn’t hold as close to the original tale, partly—I’m guessing—because the fairytale would not be long enough for a full-length novel.
I loved how Margaretha proved herself to her family, Colin, and to herself. She rescues herself on multiple occasions—she doesn’t have to wait for her prince charming to come to her aid. Colin is arrogant at the beginning of the story, then fearful that he isn’t adequate to keep the people he loves safe, then shows true character when he finally confronts Lord Claybrook. I absolutely loved both of these characters in all their faults and redeeming features. And then there was Toby. Simple adorable.
Melanie delivered another stellar fairytale retelling full of suspense, danger, love, and sometimes hilarity. I cannot recommend this author and her books enough. There hasn’t been one book of hers that I haven’t adored. While these books are more directed towards teen readers, they have broader appeal to the older audiences as well, so don’t hesitate to pick one of her novels up.
About the Author
Biography from Melanie’s website: Melanie Dickerson is an award-winning author who earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught in Georgia, Tennessee, Germany and the Eastern European country of Ukraine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA), she now spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her at www.melaniedickerson.com
I was given a review copy of The Princess Spy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.