The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

Category: Christian fiction, historical fiction, romance, teen and young adult
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Format: advance review copy ebook (eARC)
My Rating: 4-stars

Description

From New York Times bestselling author comes The Noble Servant!

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, 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 bearing his seal, 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. Disguised as a shepherd, Steffan hopes to gain entry to the castle and 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 are reunited in the shepherd’s field. Together they conspire to get back their rightful titles. But they must hurry . . . or else they risk losing it all to his uncle’s evil plan.

Review

The Noble Servant is a lovely medieval fairy tale romance.  It has been said by other reviewers that The Noble Servant is reminiscent of The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm.  I’ve not read the story so I can’t speak to that.  I can say that The Noble Servant is a modern fairytale.  I find in our two primary characters qualities that are reminiscent of Cinderella and the prince in the classic fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault.  The Noble Servant isn’t a copycat book by any measure though; it retains a distinctly unique style that is wholly Melanie Dickerson.

Our heroine, Magdalen, has a demanding and critical mother; there is no pleasing her.  Fortunately, like Cinderella, Magdalen’s heart is filled with kindness and a desire to serve those for whom she cares.  In return, she is loved universally by those she smiles upon.  Additionally, like Cinderella, Magdalen does as she is asked by those who are cruel to her.  Adding to the Cinderella archetype is that this noble servant is a Christian.  Her faith adds depth to her servant's heart.

While Cinderella’s hero and love interest is a prince, Magdalen’s is a Duke. Steffan is just as handsome and charming but far more confused about matters of the heart.  He is adamantly avoiding true love as there have been devastating consequences brought about by deep and true love in his life.  (I don’t want to spoil the story so you will need to read The Noble Servant to find out why).

A Noble Servant is only a tiny bit of a Cinderella story.  It is definitely a sweet romance with a medieval soul.  A story filled with deceit, cruelty, mistaken identity, mystery, a treasure hunt, chivalry, kindness, standing up for those in need, and a growing understanding of the need to depend upon Christ.  

The Noble Servant is a quick and enjoyable read.  I recommend it to everyone who loves a clean romance with a bit of mystery.  I recommend without equivocation that The Noble Servant would be an excellent read for preteens on up to those of us with gray in our hair.

As a reviewer for NetGalley, I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to NetGalley, the author, and publisher


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