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Review: The Noble Servant

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Review: The Noble Servant

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Fiction/Fairy Tale
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: May 9, 2017

Lady Magdalen of Mallin is overjoyed. The Duke of Wolfberg has summoned her, asking for her hand in marriage. She has fond memories of the young, handsome man she danced with at Thornbeck Castle but never in a million years expected him to ask her to marry him. Even though she’s a baron’s daughter, her lack of wealth has caused many a suitor to turn away from her. Could the Duke really be interested in an impoverished lady?

As she travels to Wolfberg, Magdalen anticipates her first sight of Steffan. What she doesn’t anticipate is a change in her station. Just as the castle comes into view, her “loyal” maidservant and the maid’s father, stop the caravan and force Magdalen to change places with the maid. Magdalen enters the castle as “Agatha” and her maid enters as Magdalen. Banished to the lowly job of goose girl, Magdalen waits for the duke to take one look at Agatha and cry, “Foul!” When that doesn’t happen, she takes a good look at the “duke” and discovers that not everything is as it seems at Wolfberg.  How can she reclaim her true identity when “Lady Magdalen” is putting on such a good show?

Steffan, Duke of Wolfberg, is called home by his uncle who was standing in his stead while Steffan gained some schooling. On the way back, Steffan’s two guards, sent by his uncle, turn on him and try to kill him. Instead, Steffan’s superior sword-fighting skills win the day. Suspicious of his uncle’s motives, Steffan dresses as a shepherd and enters Wolfberg to discover his cousin, Alex, ensconced as the “Duke of Wolfberg.” And, just as suspicious, the lady that everyone is calling “Lady Magdalen of Mallin” looks nothing like the delightful young woman he danced with at Thornbeck. What in the world is going on?

Assigned to the sheep of the castle, Steffan encounters a beautiful goose girl when they are both grazing their flocks in the same meadow. The more he looks at her, the more he sees Lady Magdalen but why is she out with the geese instead of inside with his cousin? What brought her to Wolfberg in the first place? So many questions. Can he ferret out the answers?

The Noble Servant is a follow-up book to The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson. The romance is sweet, the intrigue is suspenseful and the two main characters are, above all, honorable. Both strive to follow the teachings in their Psalters and neither expects to love the other. Fans of Melanie Dickerson will love this addition to her booklist as will fans of sweet, gentle romance. I enjoyed this one!

Rated PG: Set in medieval times, sword fighting is the way to get rid of your enemies. This story has quite a few which I thought made this more violent than a G rating.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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