The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
Age range: 12-18 | Hardcover: 336 pages | Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 9, 2017)
About the Book
New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines “The Goose Girl” by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.
“When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say is—long live the queen!” —JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series
She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.
But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . . if she makes it in time.
The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?
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My Thoughts on The Noble Servant
I’ve read almost all of Melanie Dickerson’s books, and they’re reliably clean, good stories. While The Noble Servant isn’t my favorite book from her, it’s a good book and I found myself looking for any excuse to read it.
Magdalen is the daughter of a poor baron, so when she receives a letter from the Duke of Wolfberg asking her to marry him, she doesn’t question it. Her mother packs her off to Wolfberg along with some servants. Along the way, her lady’s maid forces her to change places with her. When they get to Wolfberg, things aren’t as Magdalen expected—especially since she’s now the goose girl. Plus, a handsome shepherd looks an awful lot like the Duke that Magdalen remembers.
Like all of Dickerson’s novels, this one was clean, sweet, and predictable. I like that about her books. I always know what to expect, and I’ve never been disappointed. My favorite book was The Golden Braid.
The Noble Servant will appeal to teens and parents that are looking for clean books with a Christian focus. There is quite a bit of praying and quoting of scripture in this book, which you may like or not depending on how you like your Christian fiction.
One of the things I like about Melanie Dickerson’s novels is that even though they’re retellings of fairy tales, there’s no magic. It’s fun to see the story told as it would have really happened.
Content: Some violence, perilous situations, and clean kisses (boy/girl)
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