The Noble Servant

The Noble Servant

eBook - 2017
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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?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Thomas Nelson,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780718026769
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (336 pages)
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bibliosara Aug 09, 2018

I've always loved fairy tales, but I was unfamiliar with the story that inspired Dickerson's 3rd novel in the Medieval Fairy Tale series. A noble lady becomes a goose girl and must find a way to win her duke - if only she can save his life first! It may come as a surprise that this book is actually an adult fiction novel, but once you get reading, the fairy tale roots become inconsequential as the characters and plot grow. Dickerson's way with words, her dedication to honoring historical and literary accuracies, and her gentle interweaving of faith into these novels make them a hit for me. In The Noble Servant, we are reconnected to Magdalen, a charming character who was easy to love in the 2nd book of the series. Magdalen finds herself in a precarious and life-threatening position as a servant in the house of her would-be husband, the duke of Wolfberg (whom she met at The Beautiful Pretender's ball). The only problem is, no one but Magdalen realizes that the real duke is missing. With the help of a handsome shepherd, she tries to uncover the dangerous and complicated plot that is brewing in the halls of the castle. Will she find love in the process?

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kab1522
Oct 25, 2017

I am a big fan of Melanie Dickerson and I always enjoy her books! This book was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up later on and I was really immersed. I love how it connects with other characters and the time period of the story. Definitely a fun book!

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EmilyBledsoe03
Sep 09, 2017

LOVED IT!!! It seemed to be very different from Melanie's other books, but I believe this is my second personal FAVORITE!!!!

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miss_emoji
Jul 10, 2017

Good read!!! Not the greatest from this author but was still pretty good!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 24, 2017

Personally, I prefer Melanie Dickerson's books on the Princesses a bit more, but I guess this book was okay. The protagonist is threatened with the sake of lives of others, and is caught up in a "mutiny." Unable to reach assistance, she becomes a servant to her own and tries to figure out what could happen next. However, I did not personally like the personality of Magdalen. She seemed too simpleminded at times and acted as if she had no spine. Some may say she is compassionate, but I just think she was meek and the author overdid her "softness". The Duke was interesting to read about, but overall this is not one of my favourites.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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EleHernandez
Jun 13, 2017

Loved this story!!! Would recommend it to anyone who loves medieval romance with adventure!! I loved that the two main characters both had their flaws but were able to change and fall in love.

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