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The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson

   1492 Hamlin is a town fraught with a plague of rats, a deadly beast, and children going missing. Katerina is determined to save her people even while fighting her own personal threats. When Steffan, the duke’s son, shows up seeking the reward for killing the beast, Katerina decides he might be the ally she needs. But is he who he really says he is?

 

Melanie Dickerson continues to give us fun, exciting fairy tale retellings. With a spin on The Pied Piper and bits of history, this story is sure to entertain fans of Ms. Dickerson, of fairy tales, of Disney movies, of adventures. I look forward to more from her and sharing them with you. The heroine is strong and determines never to give up- my kind of girl! This book is also part of the Hagenheim series, book 10, but the series does not need to be read in order.

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

 

My Star Rating – ****

Parental Guidance- Fighting, Kidnapping, Murder

Book Review, Books and Reading

The Noble Servant book review

 Once upon a time, there lived a nobleman’s daughter and a duke….

Magdalen of Mallin has received a proposal from a duke. It almost seems too good to be true. Her future looks bright and hopeful now. On her journey to his home, however, she discovers that things are just that, too good to be true. Magdalen is overpowered by her maid and in order to protect herself and her friend, she must trade places with the maid, allowing the servant to marry the duke. Magdalen is trapped, stripped of her identity and forced to tend to the geese. She soon befriends the shepherd boy and begins to suspect that he is carrying his own secrets. Can she trust him to help her gain back her rightful place? Or is he working with her maid, making sure Magdalen stays quiet?

I was very excited to jump back into another Melanie Dickerson fairytale. Her writing style is so easy to follow, her characters are entertaining, and the stories themselves are like little portals of time travel, taking me back to happy days of my childhood. And that for me, is the best part. I also have to mention the cover image. I love how colorful it is, it suits the fairytale theme so perfectly. Melanie Dickerson has become a new favorite author of mine. In fact I bought all of the other fairytale books she has written that I had not read yet. If you are looking for a fun, light read with a bit of childhood reminiscing, I highly recommend this book, as well as The Silent Servant, the other story from Ms. Dickerson I have read.

*I received this book free from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts, and I was not compensated by any financial way for this review.*

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The Silent Songbird book review

    Evangeline has been gifted with a beautiful voice. But now she is on the run, determined to not be forced to marry Lord Shiveley- a man twice her age and harboring sinister motives. She remains silent, afraid if anyone hears her they will recognize her and send her back. Can she trust the man who has offered to help her with her life? Perhaps even with her heart?

This story had a way of easily taking me back to my teenage years, when I was about 14 or 15. The subtle fairy tale setting, the costumes, the characters…. in a way it was a breath of fresh air getting to experience that again for a little while. The cover image is captivating (although, I do need to point out that the model’s eye color is wrong. It does not match Evangeline’s eye color.) All in all this was a light, entertaining read. I already have a friend who wants to read it.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*