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.
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 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 the uncle’s evil plan.
* from Goodreads
I grabbed this from NetGalley thinking it was the next book in the Hagenheim series. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize I was starting a new series in the middle… but I’m so glad I made the mistake!
I actually don’t remember ever reading The Goose Girl. It seems odd since I thought I’d read all of the original tales, but I don’t remember this one at all.
I did, however, absolutely love this retelling. The Noble Servant is a sweet romance packed with adventure and faith. Both Steffan and Magdalen are strong characters with morals and flaws. Perfect for a story such as this.
I best love how, after being stripped of everything they knew and thought they wanted, they were able to wait patiently on the Lord. It’s a great picture of how our lives should look.
I also really appreciated that the romance was all emotional and not physical. With the exception of a few lip kisses in the last chapter, their romance focuses on friendship and trust – a perfect beginning.
|Source:||I borrowed The Noble Servant from NetGalley because I wanted to read and review it.|
|Publisher & Date:||May 9th 2017 by Thomas Nelson|
|Genre:||YA Christian Historical Romance|
|ISBN:||0718026608 (ISBN13: 9780718026608)|
|Setting:||1365, Barony of Mallin, the Holy Roman Empire|
|Series:||A Medieval Fairy Tale Book 3|
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest
The Beautiful Pretender
The Noble Servant
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