When I decided to participate in The Beautiful Pretender book tour, I chose it mostly for the book cover. It caught my eye; I just knew I had to read the tale and share it. As many of my regular readers know, I can read anything, but romance has not been my mega-forte since high school. There's just something about historical romance though- especially when the main character, a woman, is trying to not get married! Melanie Dickerson captured a feeling, a story and a need for truth that kept me turning the pages, long after I'd have normally dropped the novel.
The story is about young Avelina, a maid servant. While serving under Lady Dorothea, Avelina endured verbal abuse, neglect and sleeping in closets and on floors. She did it to take care of her two younger siblings and her father, who'd been injured and crippled in a stable accident. The job wasn't the best, but it allowed her to proudly care for her family.
When Lady Dorothea is told she must attend a ball at castle Thornback with other young ladies, so the margrave can choose a bride, she high-tails it with her secret, true love, Sir Deitric and their illegitimate, unborn child. The Lord of Plimmwald is left to his creative devices. He commands Avelina to go in Lady Dorothea's stead, but she is to do everything to not be chosen. Simultaneously, the Margrave of Thornback is totally not in to having to choose a bride, let alone marry one! But because ti's an order of the king and he's so darned particular, his chancellor and wife decide to come up with a variety of tests for the many daughters of noblemen, to see who's a prime choice.
It's not until the selection dwindles down that the action begins. Everything before-hand is nerve-wrecking and slightly funny. Avelina struggles to stay in character, in which she does the complete opposite of Lady Dorothea. Then she doesn't have a proper maid servant, only one pair of shoes and she keeps doing things only a maid servant would do!. But once the story gets to the nitty gritty, you're afraid for her because you can see she's dooming herself in trying to save herself, along with everyone she knows in Plimmwald!
The story kept me tense- Avelina was constantly dodging bullets, desperately trying to keep her secret. An imposter, faking royalty, carried a severe penalty, but she had to stay strong, safe and undesirable. With her own fake maid servant getting drunk and not keeping to her chores, all the cards were stacked against her. But the worst part was the fact that the more she tried to stay away from Lord Thornbeck, the more she wanted him- and he her!. What a story. And YES, it was a little on the cheesy side, but it was remarkable and so worth the read. I can say this book has an ending worth waiting for.
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Rating: 👓👓👓👓👓 out of 5 specs
*The Stopped Heart is next.
**Book provided by Litfuse Publicity, for an honest review.
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