She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted.
Since meeting Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, at Thornbeck Castle, Lady Magdalen has not been able to stop thinking about him. She knows—as a penniless lady with little to offer in terms of a dowry—she has no real hope of marrying such a highly titled man, so it comes as a great surprise when she receives a letter from him, asking for her hand in marriage.
But all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. Steffan has been evicted by his scheming uncle, and his cousin has taken over the title of duke. Left for dead, Steffan is able to escape, and disguised as a shepherd, hopes to gain entry to the castle to claim the items that will prove he is the true Duke of Wolfberg.
Journeying to the castle, Magdalen has no idea what awaits her, but she certainly did not expect her loyal maidservant to turn on her. Forcing Magdalen to trade places with her, the servant plans to marry the duke and force Magdalen to tend the geese.
Without their respective titles—and the privileges that came with them—Steffan and Magdalen’s lives are adrift. If Lord Hazen discovers them, he will kill Steffan and force Magdalen to marry his own spoiled son—to insure the success of his evil plans. A Goose Girl retelling, with shades of The Prince and the Pauper.
I was very excited to receive this book. I had been looking forward to reading it ever since it was announced. Finally, it came in the mail!
I really enjoyed this book. To be honest, I have never read the original story of the Goose Girl. I knew the basic plot of the story but never have I read the original story. This book made me want to read the original version.
There was only one problem that I had with this book. It was just a bit too long in the ‘I wonder if he/she likes me’ factor. The last half of the book had Steffan and Magdalen wondering in every chapter if the other liked them. That was quite annoying.
As for the rest of the book, it was very good. Melanie is a wonderful writer! I would recommend all of her books to teenage girls who enjoy a sweet romance, a great retelling, and just a little bit of adventure.
The cover is actually quite good. I really liked it! I am going to give it 4 stars. I especially liked the fact that it had a goose with the dark spots in its feathers because that goose is mentioned in the story a few times.
The entire story was also very good. I am going to give it 4 stars also. I would definitely recommend it to Melanie Dickerson fans and first time readers.
Title: The Noble Servant
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Author’s Website: http://www.melaniedickerson.com/
Reading Resolution: #33
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