Book Review & Giveaway: The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson, Book 3 of The Medieval Fairy Tale Novels


Title:  The Noble Servant
Series: The Medieval Fairy Tale Novels, Book 3 
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Release Date:  May 9, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction / Fairy Tale Retelling



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.



What a beautiful cover! (Yes, I said that a lot lately, but it's because I do love covers!) I'm immediately drawn to the cover of The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson. As the third book in The Medieval Fairy Tale series, the cover seems to be different than the other two. Even if they are a series and there are some familiar characters, each book can be read by itself.  Melanie Dickerson definitely have a gift. Compared to the number of books she's written, I've only read just a couple of them, and each one is just simply superb.


The Noble Servant, like many of her other novels is a retelling of a fairy tale. This one retold the story of The Goose Girl from one of the Brothers Grimm collections. As our main characters, both nobility, were forced to act as servants, they encounter each other and that's where the story takes off running. Characters of integrity, our main characters face trials that not only make them stronger, but wiser. An intriguing plot that brings multiple messages in the mask of a story that captivates young readers as well as readers with a love for adventure, great characters and romance, topped with the fairy tale ending. 



Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader's Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor's degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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(1) Winner will win a brand new ARC of The Noble Servant & a brand new ARC of The Silent Songbird courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction. (US addresses Only)

   


                                                                                                                                              

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44 comments:

  1. I always like "The Juniper Tree".

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    1. That's a new one for me! Need to look that up! Thanks!

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  2. My favorite have always been Beauty and the Beast. I read Melanie's take on the story and love it!

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    1. O one of my faves too! How could we not love a fellow book lover?

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  3. I've actually never heard of this so I thought this giveaway would be a great way to get to know a new author(to me)and her books😊

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    1. Definitely. Melanie's amazing. I only ready just a handful of her books and LOVED them all! You can read my reviews of her other ones I've read and see what I mean! If you'd like. Hehe. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This is a new author to me and I would love to get acquainted through this book. Thanks for the chance! 😊

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    1. So awesome! I love meeting new authors, especially when they become a favorite! Lots of luck!

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  5. I've heard of Mother Goose of course but never Goose Girl. My favorite has to be sleeping beauty or Cinderella. What young girl doesn't dream of her Prince Charming?
    Anyone that graduated from the U of A is alright with me! Roll Tide!! I'm from Tuscaloosa by the way.

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    1. Lol Gail! And yes, Cinderella have always been a dear favorite! I still have these little figurines of it I kept since little!

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  6. I learned about the Goose Girl fairy tale when I read Shannon Hale's book Goose Girl. I'm looking forward to reading another retelling of it! Overall my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

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    1. I love fairy tales when I was younger (still do) and read Goose Girl then. Good luck!

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  7. I own a copy of the Goose Girl, but I still haven't read it yet unfortunately. My favorite fairy tales are tied between Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast :D

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    1. I didn't even realized the original story has its own book. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

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  8. I've never heard of The Goose Girls, but am really interested in Melanie's The Noble Servant. I've always liked Cinderella the best. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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  9. No, I haven't heard of the Goose Girl. I like Snow White.

    Melanie, congrats on your newest release!

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  10. I vaguely remember The Goose Girl... but am looking forward to Malanie's retelling (she always does an Amazing job!)!
    I don't think I could pick a favorite fairy tail... I do really like Beauty and the Beast though... ;)

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    1. Lol. I know, it's hard picking a favorite. And you're right, Melanie always does a fantastic job!

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  11. Ooh, I need to read more Melaine Dickerson books! I've only read a few, but they were all really good. I've only read one retelling of The Goose Girl before (it was one by Shannon Hale), but I'd LOVE to read another! I'll need to see if my library has this book ;).

    ~ Savannah @ Scattered Scribblings

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    1. Good luck Savannah! Always a great way to support authors! Thank you!

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  12. I like Sleeping Beauty or Snow White, as a little girl I always dreamed of my Prince charming coming to rescue me...lol!

    I just recently read "The Princess Spy" and loved it! And I've never heard of Goose Girl, guess I'll have to look that one up. Thanks for the chance to win TWO books by Melanie :-)

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    1. Trixi, I know what you mean! Thanks!

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  13. I have never heard of The Goose Girl. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast!

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  14. I don't remember hearing the Goose Girl story before! My favorite fairy tale is probably either Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella.
    Dianna

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    1. All great choices! Have you read Melanie's retelling of those? Thanks for stoppingby!

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  15. I love Melanie's books. Love goose girl and am so excited to read it. I also really liked her beauty and the beast retelling and always look forward to what she is up to next!!!

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  17. I love Melanie's books! I just recently discovered her as I was looking for books of retold fairytales. I have now read several of her wonderful stories. Because it was about my personal favorite fairytale, The Merchant's Daughter is my absolute favorite!

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  18. I've never heard of the Goose Girl but it sounds interesting. Melanie, I'd love to see you write a book based on King Grizzlebeard!!!

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  19. I have never heard of the "Goose Girl". Also, I have never read any of Melaine's books, but I like discovering new to me authors. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

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  20. I have never heard of the "Goose Girl". Also, I have never read any of Melaine's books, but I like discovering new to me authors. My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

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  21. I have heard the fairy tale, though it's been awhile. Favorite fairy tail... that's a hard one! I love the seven swans, Cinderella, beauty and the beast, and a few others. Love Melanie's retellings! She keeps the important points and does her own creative and inspiritational spin on it!

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  22. The Noble Servant sounds like such a lovely story! I adore Melanie's books! :D

    ~Liv
    livkfisher.blogspot.com

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  23. I love all fairy tales, and esp. ones re-told with a different view...can't wait to read this series of yours!!

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  24. I have not heard of the Goose Girl. My favorite fairy tale is Cinderella.

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  25. I actually have recently read a lot of fairy tales, including Goose Girl. Ah.... a favorite though?????? I can't!!
    I LOVE MELANIE'S Books!!!

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  26. It's strange but I have not read Goose Girl but will get a copy from the library to read as I monitor the kids section for the summer reading program. When I pick up a book, the girls come near to hear me read aloud so I hope it's good!

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  27. The Goose Girl is a fun story and twist on the original tale - I'm excited to see what Melanie did :) I just love fairytales in all shapes and sizes - especially retellings, if they are done well!

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  28. I have heard of the Goose Girl. My favorite fairy tale is Seven Dancing Princesses. Thanks Melanie for bringing fairytales alive!

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  29. No I've never heard of the Goose Girl. I love all fairytales :D

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  30. I have not read any of the authors books. Thanks for introducing her writing to me. They sound amazing.

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