After inheriting the title from his brother, the Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the kingâ€™s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesnâ€™t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelinaâ€™s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she canâ€™t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worseâ€”far deadlierâ€”consequences.
I’ve read a couple of books lately that simply couldn’t keep my attention.Â Beautiful Pretender did not have that problem.Â From start to finish I was engaged in the story.
I enjoyed the characters and the medieval version of “The Bachelor” that underpinned the entire plot.Â Â Dickerson did a fabulous job of taking a woman who was living a deception and creating a noble character, which was no small task.Â The process of a couple overcoming a relationship built on deception, played out amid villainy and suspense, left you cheering them on while waiting for that happily ever after ending that we’ve all come to expect from a fairy tale.
I’ve read a number of novels by Melanie Dickerson and this was one of my favorites.