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The Silent Songbird | Melanie Dickerson

 


Today I am reviewing The Silent Songbird… the seventh book in the Hagenheim Fairy Tale Romance series by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Evangeline longs to be free, to live in the world outside the castle walls. But freedom comes at a cost.

Evangeline is the ward and cousin of King Richard II, and yet she dreams of a life outside of Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics. But the young king betroths her to his closest advisor, Lord Shiveley, a man twice as old as Evangeline.

Desperate to escape a life married to a man she finds revolting, Evangeline runs away from the king and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village.

To keep her identity a secret, Evangeline pretends to be mute. Evangeline soon regrets the charade as she gets to know Wesley, the handsome young leader of the servants, whom she later discovers is the son of a wealthy lord. But she cannot reveal her true identity for fear she will be forced to return to King Richard and her arranged marriage.

Wesley le Wyse is intrigued by the beautiful new servant girl. When he learns that she lost her voice from a beating by a cruel former master, he is outraged. But his anger is soon redirected when he learns she has been lying to him. Not only is she not mute, but she isn’t even a servant.

Weighed down by remorse for deceiving Wesley, Evangeline fears no one will ever love her. But her future is not the only thing at stake, as she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England’s monarchy. Should she give herself up to save the only person who cares about her? If she does, who will save the king from a plot to steal his throne?

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Melanie Dickerson is another of my favorite authors. Her fairy tale re-tellings are incredible!

When the King betroths Evangeline to his closest advisor, who’s twice her age, Evangeline runs away!

I was swept away from the very start — and couldn’t put this book down until I finished it — and found out what happened to Evangeline and Wesley le Wyse. And that’s all I’m saying . . . I refuse to ruin this wonderful story for you. You must read it for yourself.

And let me encourage you to do that very thing. In fact, read the series! It’s inspiring, romantic and intriguing!

Happy reading!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

 

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The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

 


Today I am reviewing The Beautiful Prentender by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s 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.Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Melanie Dickerson has been a favorite author of mine — since the first time I read one of her books! And she continues to bless me with her stories!

If you not a fan of Melanie Dickerson, I would suggest you give her a try… her books are spiritual (without being preachy), romantic (without being sappy), adventurous (and a bit scary, but not too much) and completely awesome! After reading the first chapter, you can tell Melanie has gone above and beyond in doing her research, and it shows in her books.

If you are a fan of Melanie, I would suggest, if you haven’t read it, that you read The Huntress of Thornbeck. Then dive into The Beautiful Pretender. But make sure you have lots of time, because you’re not going to want to stop reading!

And, if you’re like me, when you’re done, you’ll be ready for another  . . . but we have to wait, at least for awhile, until the next one is released.

The Beautiful Pretender can be read as a stand-alone, but as it involves the characters in The Huntress of Thornbeck, it’s best to read them together.

I’m not saying anything else . . . if I haven’t convinced you to read the story, you’re just going to miss out on a great story — and a great series. All kidding aside, get a copy. read it. Just read it.

You’re gonna love it!!

5-stars

Happy Reading!

 

Join Melanie in celebrating the release of The Beautiful Pretender by entering to win her Once Upon a Kindle giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Beautiful Pretender
  • A Kindle Fire tablet
  • A $25 Amazon gift card
  • The choice between a Funko POP Disney Beauty or Beast doll

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 7th. The winner will be announced June 8th on Melanie’s blog.

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God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for an honest review.

The Beautiful Pretender | Melanie Dickerson

 


Today I am reviewing The Beautiful Prentender by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

What happens when a margrave realizes he’s fallen in love with a servant?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble-born ladies from around the country to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina is only responsible for two things: making sure her deception goes undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s 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.Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is such a great series!

Melanie Dickerson has been a favorite author of mine — since the first time I read one of her books! And she continues to bless me with her stories!

If you not a fan of Melanie Dickerson, I would suggest you give her a try… her books are spiritual (without being preachy), romantic (without being sappy), adventurous (and a bit scary, but not too much) and completely awesome! After reading the first chapter, you can tell Melanie has gone above and beyond in doing her research, and it shows in her books.

If you are a fan of Melanie, I would suggest, if you haven’t read it, that you read The Huntress of Thornbeck. Then dive into The Beautiful Pretender. But make sure you have lots of time, because you’re not going to want to stop reading!

And, if you’re like me, when you’re done, you’ll be ready for another  . . . but we have to wait, at least for awhile, until the next one is released.

The Beautiful Pretender can be read as a stand-alone, but as it involves the characters in The Huntress of Thornbeck, it’s best to read them together.

I’m not saying anything else . . . if I haven’t convinced you to read the story, you’re just going to miss out on a great story — and a great series. All kidding aside, get a copy. read it. Just read it.

You’re gonna love it!!

5-stars

Happy Reading!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

A Spy’s Devotion | Melanie Dickerson

 


Today I am reviewing A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In England’s Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life—but behind closed doors treason and tawdriness thrive.

Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity.

After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal—and to fulfill a dying soldier’s last wish by delivering his coded diary.

At the home of the Wilherns, one of England’s most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey.

Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance—until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia’s guardian. As Langdon traces an evil plot that could be the nation’s undoing, he grows ever more intrigued by the lovely young woman.

And when Julia realizes that England—and the man she is falling in love with—need her help, she finds herself caught in the fray. Will the two succumb to their attraction while fighting to save their country?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Melanie Dickerson first caught my attention with her medieval fairy tale re-tellings . . . although those are much more interesting to me, I couldn’t wait to read her Regency novel.

This is her first time releasing a different genre . . . Melanie has penned the first in a new series — the thrilling and suspenseful Regency Spies of London series — soon to be published by Amazon’s Waterfall Press!

Melanie takes us on an intriguing ride, with Julia Grey and Nicholas Langdon, and all that England’s most powerful families have to offer. Then she adds a mission of mercy, with spies and, yes, even treason.

A Spy’s Devotion will be released on February 9, 2016.

Happy Reading!!!

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2015…

 

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Today I have the very difficult task of listing my favorite books of 2015…

Of course, I have hundreds of favorite books . . . but this year, in this post, I’m only mentioning 70 favorite books that I’ve read and reviewed on my book blog this year… a modest 1/3 of the 200+ books I reviewed.

And now… here are the 70 books!

A Cunning Masquerade – JC Morrows
A Little Bit of Charm – Mary Ellis
A Perilous Assignment – JC  Morrows
A Plain Man – Mary Ellis
A Reluctant Assassin – JC Morrows
A Town Called Christmas – Ruth Logan Herne
A Treacherous Decision – JC Morrows
A Widow’s Hope – Mary Ellis
Abby Finds Her Calling – Naomi King
Always His Providence – Ruth Reid
Always In My Heart – Mary Ellis
Amanda Weds a Good Man – Naomi King
An Amish Family Reunion – Mary Ellis
An Angel By Her Side – Ruth Reid
Andi Unstoppable – Amanda Flower
Anna’s Healing – Vannetta Chapman
Appalachian Serenade – Sarah Loudin Thomas
Autumn Winds – Charlotte Hubbard
Breath of Spring – Charlotte Hubbard
Brian’s Choice – Vannetta Chapman
Brush of Angel’s Wings – Ruth Reid
Dandelion Moon – Hannah Alexander
Dandelions For Dinner – Valerie Comer
Dangerous Tidings – Dana Mentink
Emma Blooms at Last – Naomi King
Falling For the Lawman – Ruth Logan Herne
Hallowed Halls – Hannah Alexander
Harvest of Blessings – Charlotte Hubbard
Hazardous Homecoming – Dana Mentink
His Mistletoe Family – Ruth Logan Herne
Holiday Homecoming – Jean C Gordon
Huckleberry Harvest – Jennifer Beckstrand
Letters From Grace – Rachel D Muller
Living in Harmony – Mary Ellis
Longing For a Miracle – Ruth Logan Herne
Love Comes Calling – Deborah M Piccurelli
Love Comes to Paradise – Mary Ellis
Maggie’s Mission – Rachel D Muller
Miracle in a Dry Season – Sarah Loudin Thomas
Murder Freshly Baked – Vannetta Chapman
Never Far From Home – Mary Ellis
Out Of the Ashes – Sandi Rog
Plum Upside Down – Valerie Comer
Protected – Vannetta Chapman
Raspberries and Vinegar – Valerie Comer
Return to Pelican Inn – Dana Mentink
Romance By Design- Donna Reimel Robinson
Romance in Recovery – Donna Reimel Robinson
Rosemary Opens Her Heart – Naomi King
Sailing in Style – Dana Mentink
Sarah’s Christmas Miracle – Mary Ellis
Secret Refuge – Dana Mentink
Summer of Secrets – Charlotte Hubbard
Sweetened With Honey – Valerie Comer
The Birdhouse – Laura V Hilton
The Captive Maiden – Melanie Dickerson
The Christmas Cradle – Charlotte Hubbard
The Fairest Beauty – Melanie Dickerson
The God of All Tomorrows – Donna Reimel Robinson
The Healer’s Apprentice – Melanie Dickerson
The Lawman’s Holiday Wish – Ruth Logan Herne
The Postcard – Laura V Hilton
The Princess Spy – Melanie Dickerson
The Promise of An Angel – Ruth Reid
The Snow Globe – Laura V Hilton
The Way To a Man’s Heart – Mary Ellis
Where Hope Starts – Angela D Meyer
Wild Mint Tea – Valerie Comer
Winter of Wishes – Charlotte Hubbard
You CAN Write 50,000 Words in 30 Days – DJ Mynatt

 

Donna’s BookShelf has chosen 70 books – from the 200 books reviewed in 2015! What are your favorites? Tweet this!

 

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Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

FAVORITE AUTHORS OF 2015…

 

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Today I have the very difficult task of listing my favorite authors from 2015…

Of course, I have other favorite authors . . . many others . . . but this year, in this post, I’m only mentioning 20 favorite authors, whose books I’ve read and reviewed on my book blog this year…

And now… here are the 20 authors (listed alphabetically)!

Amanda Flower
Amy Clipston
Charlotte Hubbard
Cindy Woodsmall
Dana Mentink
Donna Reimel Robinson
Elizabeth Byler Younts
JC Morrows
Jean C Gordon
Jennifer Beckstrand
Laura V Hilton
Melanie Dickerson
Naomi King
Rachel Muller
Ruth Logan Herne
Ruth Reid
Sarah Loudon Thomas
Shelley Shepard Gray
Valerie Comer
Vannetta Chapman

 

Donna’s BookShelf . . . 20 favorite authors of 2015! Who are your favorites? Tweet this!

 

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Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

The Golden Braid | Melanie Dickerson

 

Today I am reviewing The Golden Braid, a Medieval Fairy Tale Romance by Melanie Dickerson.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The one who needs rescuing isn’t always the one in the tower.

Rapunzel can throw a knife better than any man around. And her skills as an artist rival those of any artist she’s met. But for a woman in medieval times, the one skill she most desires is the hardest one to obtain: the ability to read.

After yet another young man asks for Rapunzel’s hand in marriage, Mother decides they need to move once again, but this time to a larger city.

Rapunzel’s heart soars—surely there she can fulfill her dream. But Mother won’t let her close to a man. She claims that no man can be trusted.

After being rescued by a knight on the road to the city, and in turn rescuing him farther down the road, Rapunzel’s opportunity arrives at last.

This knight, Sir Gerek, agrees to educate Rapunzel in order to pay back his debt. She just has to put up with his arrogant nature and single-minded focus on riches and prestige.

But this Rapunzel story is unlike any other and the mystery that she uncovers will change everything—except her happily ever after.

 
 
MY THOUGHTS:

I never believed in fairy tales…

And I never, ever, read fairy tales . . . until my daughter asked me to read one by Melanie Dickerson.

WOW! Melanie doesn’t write fairy tales; she writes real, true-to-life fairy tales (or as close to what seems like true life as anything I’ve ever read) in medieval Hagenheim.

Once again, Melanie has written another amazing fairy tale. This one is about Rapunzel, and the story is so believable, I can well imagine it being true! It’s the perfect story for Rapunzel. I was impressed with the historical details, so thoroughly researched, that perhaps the story is truer than we all think.

I encourage you to read it on your own. And if you like it, read the others, too. They’re wonderful stories!

Happy Reading!!!
God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

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