The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

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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 Hagenheim Castle, claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook and left for dead. And only Margaretha-one of the few who speaks his language-understands the wild story.

Margaretha finds herself unable to pass Colin's message along to her father, the duke, and convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger. Then 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 is she unable to keep anything secret, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139 x 216 x 20mm | 321g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0310730988
  • 9780310730989
  • 156,898

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Margaretha is the daughter of a fifteenth-century German duke, and her family and acquaintances have
always noted not only her penchant for talking incessantly but also her deeply romantic nature. She is
looking forward to finding her one true love, and she thinks it might be her latest suitor, Lord Claypool. In
a chance meeting with Colin, an Englishman come to the continent claiming that Claypool has murdered
good people and seeking justice, Margaretha learns not only that her suitor may not be as honorable as she
thought but also that she can successfully pare down her chattiness, keep an important secret, and help take
righteous action. She and Colin join forces in a well-paced adventure that pits good against evil, features a
strong and credible young woman, and relies on accurate social history in its Christian orientation.
Margaretha's sensations, expectations, and fears are all evoked realistically, making this a good choice for
readers who loved Katherine Paterson's Lyddie (1991) or Karen Cushman's Catherine, Called Birdy
(1994) and are now ready for more romance.
--- Francisca Goldsmith * Booklist * Award-winning Melanie Dickerson pens her fourth young adult novel set in medieval Germany, loosely based on the story of The Frog Prince.
In The Princess Spy, Margaretha of Hagenheim Castle is a talkative young woman whose latest suitor-Lord Claybrook-seems enamored of her despite her talkativeness. Could he be her true love?
When an injured man is brought to the castle, Margaretha realizes he is speaking English and that she is the only one who understands him. As he recovers from his injuries and begins working in the stable, Colin confides he is searching for Claybrook, who may not be who he seems to be. Should she believe a foreigner? Should she spy on her suitor when Colin asks her to do so?
Then, while her father is away from the castle, Margaretha overhears Claybrook talking to his men about his plans. Colin and Margaretha flee to reach her relatives in Marienberg. Pursued by enemies, will they reach Marienberg in time to get reinforcements?
As in her earlier books, the faith element is clearly evident yet not preachy. For example, Colin and Margaretha pray for God's guidance. Dickerson's tales feature wholesome relationships while still building a strong attraction between the main characters, making this a good choice for teen readers.
Dickerson is a masterful storyteller with a carefully crafted plot, richly-drawn characters, and detailed setting. The reader is easily pulled into the story. All of her books are a delightful reimagining of a familiar tale-this one is her best so far!
Recommended for young adults and adults who are young at heart.
Carol R. Gehringer, CLJ * Christian Library Journal *
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About Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and a Christy Award winner. Her first book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers' Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant's Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time daydreaming, researching the most fascinating historical time periods, and writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she gathers dandelion greens for her two adorable guinea pigs between writing and editing her happily ever afters. Visit her online at; Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks; Twitter: @MelanieAuthor.
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