A new suitor. A shocking discovery.
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, is destined to be her one true love. But then an injured man is brought to the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook’s men. She convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy—not only does she tend to talk too much, she’s sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. But she soon discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. She soon finds herself running for her life–and it may be up to her to save her father and her family from one man’s wicked plot.
Melanie Dickerson has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I started listening to her audiobooks and couldn’t stop. I love retellings, and I highly recommend hers for anyone who loves fairytales and Christian fiction.
The farther I delve into the series, the more I enjoy it. I didn’t start with book one, but I’ve read them in order starting at book three. So far, this one holds the spot as my favorite. Margaretha was a favorite of mine in the other books. She talked a lot, had a contagious spirit, and she had an interesting way of looking at things. When her own story arrived, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen, who she would fall in love with.
I didn’t recognize the retelling at first, as I’m not familiar with The Frog Prince. The story didn’t even resonate with me as a retelling the entire time that I read it, but I enjoyed it anyway. I loved how brilliant and vivacious Margaretha was and how Dickerson made her such an independent character. She was smart and proved herself over and over again. While the romance enticed me, having such a strong main character made the story that much more enjoyable.
The frog prince in this retelling, Colin, had a vendetta. He ran after the man that killed his sister’s best friend without thinking about the consequences. For one, he didn’t speak German…in Germany. He and Margaretha connected because she could speak to him, but their connection went farther than that. Colin was funny and sweet, and I loved that he grew throughout this story so much.
Needless to say, I’m a fan of Melanie Dickerson now. Her writing is wonderful, and I’ve already got more of her books coming my way. There’s romance, action, and new imaginings of stories I sometimes am, and sometimes am not, familiar with.