Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

Margaretha is of the marrying age and is being courted by Lord Claybrook. Having spurned many suitors, Margaretha is hoping that Claybrook is "the one" for her. When an English stranger who is wounded is brought to the castle healer, Margaretha visits him to interpret.

Colin is on a mission to bring Claybrook back to England to pay for the murder of his sisters best friend. Left for dead by Claybrook's men Colin cannot believe when he finds out that Margaretha is actually being courted by Claybrook. Colin is determined to warn Margaretha's father about Claybrook. He is too weak and Margaretha attributes his rantings to the blows to his head that he received.

When Colin asks Margaretha to spy on Claybrook and his men she finds that Claybrook is up to no good. While her father is away he plans to take over the castle and town. Colin and Margaretha escape in order to go warn Margaretha's father. Their journey is fraught with danger as they hurry to find help for her family left behind and the town that she loves.

I found this to be a sweet romance. Margaretha's incessant chattering would drive anyone nutty, but Colin found it endearing. I enjoyed seeing Margaretha's maturity as she and Colin traveled. She was a strong female character and Colin was a chivalrous suitor in his care for her. I found Claybrook to be the perfect villain for the story who gets his "just reward" in the end. I also liked the spiritual aspect of the story as well. Margaretha and Colin's reliance on God through their trials was what brought them through in the end. A sweet romance with a bit of danger thrown in, just like all fairy tales should have. 

Thanks to the publisher Zondervan through BookLook Bloggers for my copy for review. All opinions are my own.

Check out my reviews of other Melanie Dickerson books:

The Merchant's Daughter

The Captive Maiden


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