I’ve just finished reading The Beautiful Pretender
by Melanie Dickerson, book two in the Medieval Fairy Tales series.
This book is basically a medieval season of The Bachelor. It follows a servant named Avalina, who is a maidservant for the spoiled Lady Dorothea. One day, Dorothea runs away from home to be with the knight that she has fallen in love with. Avalina can do nothing to stop her. Then, Dorothea’s father calls Avalina in to meet him. He tells her that Lord Thornbeck of a neighboring land is inviting ten Ladies to his castle. After two weeks, he will choose to marry one of them. He tells Avalina that she must go to the castle and pretend to be Lady Dorothea in order to save face and gain an alliance, but Lord Thornbeck must not choose her to marry.
This book was pretty good. It’s kind of a mindless read, something good when you’re in the mood for something light. The book immediately started in on the action from the first page, which was nice for getting into the story, but unfortunately that also meant that there was little character development, and therefore no real attachment for any of the characters, and the dialogue can get very expository. Though this book is the second in a series, I don’t think it’s necessary to read the first one before picking this up. This one seems to stand alone. Both the language and the story are very simple.
I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars. I thought it was just okay, and I wouldn’t recommended, though fluffy, brainless romance isn’t really my thing.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.