The Noble Servant
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New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson beautifully re-imagines “The Goose Girl” by the Brothers Grimm into a medieval tale of adventure, loss, and love.
“When it comes to happily-ever-afters, Melanie Dickerson is the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance, and all I can say is—long live the queen!” —JULIE LESSMAN, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series
She lost everything to the scheme of an evil servant.
But she might just gain what she’s always wanted . . . if she makes it in time.
The impossible was happening. She, Magdalen of Mallin, was to marry the Duke of Wolfberg. Magdalen had dreamed about receiving a proposal ever since she met the duke two years ago. Such a marriage was the only way she could save her people from starvation. But why would a handsome, wealthy duke want to marry her, a poor baron’s daughter? It seemed too good to be true.
On the journey to Wolfberg Castle, Magdalen’s servant forces her to trade places and become her servant, threatening not only Magdalen’s life, but the lives of those she holds dear. Stripped of her identity and title in Wolfberg, where no one knows her, Magdalen is sentenced to tend geese while she watches her former handmaiden gain all Magdalen had ever dreamed of.
When a handsome shepherd befriends her, Magdalen begins to suspect he carries secrets of his own. Together, Magdalen and the shepherd uncover a sinister plot against Wolfberg and the duke. But with no resources, will they be able to find the answers, the hiding places, and the forces they need in time to save both Mallin and Wolfberg?
Melanie Dickerson is a very talented writer in my opinion.I have read her latest book and it was great!If you enjoy a book with adventure,excitement,and well a little bit of romance then this is going to be a great book to read.I can't wait!
The Noble Servant is a lovely medieval fairy tale romance
The Noble Servant is a lovely medieval fairy tale romance. It has been said by other reviewers that The Noble Servant is reminiscent of The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm. I’ve not read the story so I can’t speak to that. I can say that The Noble Servant is a modern fairytale. I find in our two primary characters qualities that are reminiscent of Cinderella and the prince in the classic fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault. The Noble Servant isn’t a copycat book by any measure though; it retains a distinctly unique style that is wholly Melanie Dickerson.
Our heroine, Magdalen, has a demanding and critical mother; there is no pleasing her. Fortunately, like Cinderella, Magdalen’s heart is filled with kindness and a desire to serve those for whom she cares. In return, she is loved universally by those she smiles upon. Additionally, like Cinderella, Magdalen does as she is asked by those who are cruel to her. Adding to the Cinderella archetype is that this noble servant is a Christian. Her faith adds depth to her servant's heart.
While Cinderella’s hero and love interest is a prince, Magdalen’s is a Duke. Steffan is just as handsome and charming but far more confused about matters of the heart. He is adamantly avoiding true love as there have been devastating consequences brought about by deep and true love in his life. (I don’t want to spoil the story so you will need to read The Noble Servant to find out why).
A Noble Servant is only a tiny bit of a Cinderella story. It is definitely a sweet romance with a medieval soul. A story filled with deceit, cruelty, mistaken identity, mystery, a treasure hunt, chivalry, kindness, standing up for those in need, and a growing understanding of the need to depend upon Christ.
The Noble Servant is a quick and enjoyable read. I recommend it to everyone who loves a clean romance with a bit of mystery. I recommend without equivocation that The Noble Servant would be an excellent read for preteens on up to those of us with gray in our hair.
As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher.
Review by Zoe at the blessed and bewildered blog (you can find all of my reviews by searching for blessedandbewildered).
- Level: Grades 8 and Above
- Category: Fairy Tales, Myths & Fables
- Published: May 09, 2017
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson
- Seller: HarperCollins
- Print Length: 336 Pages
- Language: English