Through no fault of her own, Avelina is in a bind. Her mistress, Dorothea, has run off with a knight. Yet Dorothea has been invited to spend two weeks at Thornbeck Castle with nine other noble born ladies. The Margrave of Thornbeck expects to choose one to be his wife.
Dorothea's father, desiring the favor of the Margrave, decides to send Avelina in his daughter's place. She is to pretend to be Dorothea and make a good impression on the Margrave, but she is not to be chosen as his bride. Avelina has no expectations of being chosen but fears being discovered most of all.
The Beautiful Pretender is both a fairy-tale romance and a work of historical fiction set in Medieval times. Into this captivating story, author Melanie Dickerson has woven the themes of true nobility, God's protection, and prayer in all circumstances. She has also included plenty of danger, suspense, intrigue, and fun! I recommend this read.
Thomas Nelson Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.