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After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride - fast. He invites 10 noble-born ladies who meet the king's approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks - a time to test these ladies and reveal their true characters.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn'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 Avelina's best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can't deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse - far deadlier - consequences.

©2016 Melanie Dickerson (P)2016 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Very entertaining and pleasant story

This is a light ckean romance. It was funny and even suspenseful in part. Good read.

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Avid reader and book listener!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline and characters that kept my attention.

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Perfect Fairy Tale!

I loved this story. It was a great story with catching twists and turns. Great ending! Definitely will listen to this author again!! 👍🏼

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Great Book

Great story. Clean, suspenseful and very well done. It is a classic love story.

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  • craig
  • Sioux falls, Sd, United States
  • 07-06-17

wonderful

always an adventure and always someone to be saved whether it is the damsel or Prince charming!!

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Love as always

Another lovely Melanie Dickerson! What a wonderful author! And Jude Mason amazing as well; could not have a better narrator. :)

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Enjoyable

I enjoyed the story and the narrator was good. It did feel like it was intended for a teenage audience but I enjoyed it still.

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Absolutely Lovely!

Beauty and the Beast meets The Bachelor meets hidden identity. Well drawn characters and an engaging fast paced plot. I loved the throw backs to Disney's B&B sprinkled here and there, and I loved the heroic knightly tones I've come to expect from all Dickerson's novels. I loved it!!!

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Juvenile story

The story was weak, the dialogue uninspiring, and the narration leaden. Not much going for this one!!

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  • Medieval Lady
  • 07-31-16

One of her better books

Would you listen to The Beautiful Pretender again? Why?

Those familiar with this author will know she has written several Fairy-Tale retellings. This was one of the better ones. I have the paperback and I would consider reading again.

Have you listened to any of Jude Mason’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have heard one or two other books by this narrator, and she is usually good.