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.
I have heard many great things about Melanie Dickerson but have never read any of her books until now, and I have to say that I hope to read many more! The way she writes is fantastic and brings you into the story while also connecting you to the characters. I have heard that Dickerson’s fairy-tale retellings are some of the most popular retellings and I can definitely see why! The Princess Spy is a retelling of The Frog Princess, and I happen to be an avid fan of this particular fairy-tale, so I was very impressed at how Dickerson retold this story while keeping it fresh, but still noticeable. I also loved how she kept a Christian aspect into the story without it overwhelming the storyline, I feel that non-Christians would be just as happy reading this story as Christians would.
The only negative things about The Princess Spy that I have to say are that the details were a little much and bored me at times, causing me to skip paragraphs. But, this is due to my intolerance for lots of detail, other people will probably find her descriptions charming. As I mentioned earlier, this is a Christian book so there was not much, if any, questionable content. Honestly, the only thing that I can think of that might be considered “questionable content” would be the mild action and the description of Claybrook’s clothing, which apparently was very tight and immodest.
Taking in all of the above, I rate The Princess Spy 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to reading more of Dickerson’s fairy-tale retellings in the future!
“I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.”
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