YA Review of The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson


The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Age Range: 12 and up

Genre: Historical fiction/romance

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (November 4, 2014)

Source: Publisher via BookLook Bloggers

My Rating: 4 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.

About the Author:

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

My Thoughts:

Mararetha is a sweet girl who can’t seem to find the right man.  None of her suitors have measured up, yet she knows she must marry someone.  Her current suitor is none other than Lord Claybrook, the arch enemy of the young man (Colin) she helps nurse back to life. When Colin reveals a terrifying secret about Lord Claybrook, Margaretha must decide who to believe and soon she is running for both her life and the lives of those she loves.

I really liked this book.  It was sweet and sincere.  The romance was squeaky clean and the story focused on the characters’ personalities.  Margaretha and Colin were both good characters to have in the story and they played off each other well.  I haven’t read any of Melanie Dickerson’s other books, but I am definitely planning on it.  I really liked this story and I’m interested to read her other books as well.

This is a good book for anyone that likes clean books, young adult fiction, or fairy tales where good always wins.  Although the setting and some very minor characters carry over from other books, it is a stand alone novel that can be read on its own. 

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.


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    November 11, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I have read some of the past Melanie Dickerson books based on fairy tales, I highly recommend them since you enjoyed this one! I haven't read this one yet, but I will hopefully get to it soon, especially since you enjoyed it!
    Great review!

    Em @ http://theyabookbutterfly.blogspot.com/

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    Tressa S
    November 17, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I have this one from NG and I just need to read it. It sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for the review!

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