Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Noble Servant

GIVEAWAY
DICKERSON, MELANIE
THE NOBLE SERVANT

She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant. but she might just gain what she'a always wanted...if she makes it in time.

The impossible was happening. She, Lady Magdalen of Mullin, 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 she 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 need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?

My Review:

A clever take on Grimm's beloved Goose Girl fairy tale. I adore these retellings by Melanie Dickerson, because she is able to create the very essence of what I imagine Medieval life  to be like. It's in the flow of her words through descriptions and dialogue which propel me into the magical realms of my childhood imaginings.

But she brings dimension to her heroes and heroines. Yes, Steffan is the classic fairy tale hero -- all noble and honorable and knight in shining armorish BUT he doesn't always get it right. In particular when it comes to trusting Magdalen and that causes him to act selfishly at times. Maggie's good for him -- she captures his heart -- something he is very reluctant to part with -- and in the process teaches him a thing or two about faith and trust. They make an intrepid team when they are on the same page! But like all good stories this hero and heroine don't always act exactly as the anxious reader would like, which, of course, makes for a riveting read.

There's treachery afoot, a diabolical villain to thwart and danger lurking around unexpected corners.All the delicious stuff fairy tales are made of -- including the prescribed happily ever after!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Noble Servant, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you leave your email in a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday September 3 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

35 comments:

  1. I don't believe I've ever read Goose Girl! But I do know I love Melanie's writing & this one is on my radar :-) Your review makes me want to read Grimm's fairy tale to see what it's all about ;-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I loved fairy tales as a kid -- my library had a whole series of them -- The Red Fairy Book, The Green Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book etc -- and they were full of every tale imaginable, including the lesser known ones like The Goose Girl. Must see if they still have those in print. Good luck, Trici.

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  2. ooohhh this book sounds intriguing . I have never read Goose Girl, I will have to see if I can find a copy to read.
    I have never read Melanie either.
    Thanks for the chance.
    iamabho AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Gasp! You're in store for a treat, Linda, once you get your hands on a Melanie Dickerson book! Good luck.

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    2. Yeah I'm going to go check her books out on Amazon Thanks for sharing her with me and for the chance to win ☺

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  3. Eeeek! SUPER excited for this book! I can't wait!
    Elly -Indiana-
    p.s. Her next one coming out (after A Dangerous Engagement) is going to be a retelling of Aladdin. And, after that, a retelling of Mulan!

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    1. Ooohh -- that's exciting news, Elly. Thanks for the info. I'll be looking forward to both of those. Good luck!

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  4. I love Melanie's retelling of fairy tales. She does such a great job. I would love to win a copy of this one.

    Blessings,
    Cindy W.
    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Doesn't she just? Love her books. Good luck, Cindy.

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  5. I am not familiar with Goose Girl but I am intrigued by Melanie's book and would love to read it. Thank you for this opportunity, Kav. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  6. It sounds so good, love the story line and I hope to get a chance to read it.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  7. I read Shannon Hale's Goose Girl and enjoyed it, so this would be fun to read too!
    LLWaltz [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Ooohh - I'd forgotten about that book! I read that version too. Good luck, Laura.

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  8. Love her books one of my favorite YA authors. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  9. I love her fairy tale retellings! Thanks for the great review and giveaway!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  10. I used to love fairy tales as a child. My children loved them. I don't think I have read Goose Girl. I would love to read this. It does sound interesting
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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    1. It's a great retelling. Good luck, Lori.

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  11. No need to enter me in the giveaway since I've already read the book but just wanted to say that it was a great read!!

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    1. Yay -- you liked it too. Thanks for adding your two cents worth, Mindy.

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  12. This looks like another good one! I know I keep saying that but you sure know how to pick them! Thanks Kav. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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    1. There are so many amazing books available to us! We are blessed readers. Good luck, Paula.

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  13. I agree that The Noble Servant is a wonderful book. I've read all of Melanie's books so always anticipate another being released.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. And she has so many being released these days. Love her spy series as well. Good luck, Pam.

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  14. I've not yet read Melanie's books. Kay, thank you for the chance.

    Psalm103and138 at Gmail Dot com

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  15. Awe .... another one is right. And a beautiful cover as well. It's almost to be expected with her books. becci43atgmaildotcom

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    1. She has the most awesome covers, doesn't she? Good luck, Becky.

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  16. This looks so good! Can't wait to read it!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  17. As much as I enjoy re-tellings (and Melanie Dickerson,) they don't mean anything when you are unfamiliar with the original. The Goose Girl is one of those fairy tales that I am completely unfamiliar with. I'm sure that won't have any affect on my enjoyment, but I'm still compelled to read at least a synopsis of the original. My neurosis demands it! Thank you for your consistent reviews of Melanie's books.
    tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL -- it is fun to read and make connections with the original fairy tale but the story is wonderful all on it's own. Good luck, Terrill.

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