The Beautiful Pretender, by Melanie Dickerson, is a part of the Medieval Fairy Tale Romance Series. It is set in Thornbeck Forest in 1363 and tells the story of a girl forced to masquerade as someone else.
The Margrave of Thornbeck receives a letter from the King which “suggests” that he choose a bride, one that will strengthen the relationship with surrounding areas. Not wishing to marry a woman he has never met, he invites ten possible brides for a two-week stay at his castle. Avelina is only a maidservant to Lady Dorothea, who is pregnant due to an unapproved relationship with her father’s knight. When Dorothea runs away with the knight, the Earl of Plimmwald sends her in place of his daughter. She is to conceal her identity and avoid getting chosen for marriage. Attempting to do this, however, proves harder than Avelina could ever imagine. As the Margrave becomes more attracted to her, it seems that someone else in the castle is unhappy with the situation. When Avelina’s true identity is revealed the night of the ball, right after the Margrave announces her as his choice for a bride, her world begins to fall apart.
I enjoyed this book very much. Having read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, I recognized some of the characters immediately. I thought the characters were well-developed and could relate to them on a personal level.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fairly Tales or historical fiction.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.