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The Princess Spy

(Hagenheim #5)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,358 ratings  ·  634 reviews
A new suitor. A shocking discovery.

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 the castle, claiming to be an English lord who was left for dead by Claybrook's men. She convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger, until Colin retrieves an heirloom
Paperback, 293 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Zondervan
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The heart of the Holy Roman Empire, 1413

Margaretha is the eldest daughter of Wilhelm and Rose Gerstenberg, Duke and Duchess of Hagenheim. She’s overshadowed by her adventurous older brothers, Valten and Gabe. She enjoys riding horses, she talks way too much, and now she’s entertaining a suitor from across the sea channel, a handsome but stuffy and arrogant Englishman named Lord Claybrook. Margaretha has very little else going on in her life.

Enter Colin, a British youth who wanders into Hagenheim
Mar 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Wow. This was....kind of a horrible book. To be fair, let me try to think of something I liked.
1) Well, it's a retelling of "The Frog Prince" which I thought was interesting, especially since the retelling is accomplished without magic or there ACTUALLY being a frog.

That's about it. :P

What I didn't like:
1) The characters. They're always the same. Beautiful girl. Extremely handsome guy. They become physically attracted to each other and spend the rest of the novel trying not to be. Blahhh.
*SIGHS* Why can't November come any faster???

Basically me now...


First of All... Thank you Melanie Dickerson for giving me a chance to read this book!!! I'm still processing I mean there's so much going on in this book.

I mean I'm don't know where to begin....who am I kidding? This book was AMAZING!!! I mean lots of actions!!! It reminded me of the Princess Bride! And I love the Princess Bride.

There's spying and intrigue


(I did try to find a better picture but t
Sweet fairy tale with adventure, romance, humor and wonderful christian values all tied up in a wonderful story. I look forward to my daughters reading this series when they are older.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
WARNING! This whole review I'll be:

About this book:

“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 convince
Jesseca Wheaton
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was at the library the other day and saw this book along with 2 others by Melenie Dickerson. I had no idea they were in a series, so I checked them out and started reading the one that looked the most interesting. Once I finished I looked up the author. . .and realized this is the 5th book in the series. :P Oh well, now I'm going back and reading the beginning ones. :)

I absolutely LOVED the book! I have never been a huge fan of fairy-tails, but I am loving all the retellings I've been finding
*sigh* How is Melanie Dickerson such a great author that she can write so many great books?!? I love all of her books. But this one holds all special part in my heart only because I am so much like Margaretha that it's slightly scary....xD

And Colin. Like come on how could you NOT lovr Colin?? He's such a sweatheart!!

Go read this book, if you haven't please!! But make sure that you read the others in the series first because everything would make more sense if you did!!!
Katie Clark
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Margaretha's story is riveting! Melanie does a fantastic job of weaving romance throughout, and there wasn't anything NOT to love. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of fairytale retellings, action-packed adventures, and great romances. ...more
Ashley Stangl
Dec 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
"The Princess Spy" sounded promising. "The Frog Prince" with spies! I was interested to see how Melanie Dickerson adapted a fairy tale that hadn't been done by Disney, especially since the last two books in the series had contained much more action and much less preaching than the first two books.

It started out interesting, as Margaretha meets Colin, an injured English stranger ranting about murderers. But as soon as he recovers and Margaretha starts her spying, things go downhill fast. The vill
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel really bad about this. I love Melanie Dickerson, and I love the Hagenheim books, but this one just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get into the story at all. It just felt kind of meh to me.

I was so excited to read a book with Margaretha as the MC because I’ve loved her when she’s shown up in her brothers’ stories, and she was definitely my favorite part. She was such a kind, strong character. Colin, on the other hand...ehh, I didn’t really like him. So I felt kind of indifferent towards h
Kristen Kooistra
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
The Princess Spy's title is a bit deceiving. In truth, Margaretha only accomplishes one spy mission and it's rather dull in the fact she just hides up a tree for a bit and then passes the information along. Most of the book is not about her spying, though it is a bit of a running joke.

Things I liked about the book:

Margaretha is not your typical princess. She's curious, talkative to the point of being a chatterbox, and not afraid to help someone who seems crazy. Margaretha struggles throughout th
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Semi, sort of twist on Merlin and King Arthur times and I really enjoyed it. Anything having anything to do with that era and King Arthur themed characters gets me hooked right away.
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read-in-2018
2018 Review
Best Part of this book: The Dads walking in on the couple kissing and the one Dad being like 'Saw this coming' and the other one being like...????

Wort Part: EveryscenewithMargarethaandColin
I mean....whhaaaaatttt.....

If you want the happy, perky version of this review, see my 2015 review. If you want my I-haven't-had-enough-coffee-yet review, keep reading.
Here is the deal. I don't know how bad the books were I was reading in 2015, but my praise seems a little much even to me.

I re-rea
J.C. Morrows
I LOVE having author friends!!!

Melanie has informed me that this is NOT the last book of the series! Anyone else doing the happy dance right now? WOW! WOW! WOW!

I know I’m excited!

OK…this review, the review on Amazon and the review on my blog have been edited to reflect that but there’s nothing I can do about so… *shrugs*

Melanie Dickerson is a genius!

I picked this book up earlier to pass the time while my kiddos were playing outside and I just couldn’t put it down.

I do believe
Raechel Lenore
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Just finished this for the 2nd time. :)

Review from the first read through (November 12 2014):
I haven’t read any of Miss Dickerson’s books previously, though I wanted to, and so when I saw this book available to be reviewed, I jumped at the possibility. It was very good, and I will most definitely continue to read books by this author.
“The Princess Spy” has a light, fairy-tale feel to it, without the magic, and most importantly, with faith as a big aspect, which I really liked. This is a book I w
Tricia Mingerink
As with all her books, Dickerson weaves a deft tale combining the fairy tale and her historical setting. The Christian themes in the book are given a light touch, but they are still present throughout the book. My favorite part about this book is the character of Margaretha. Unlike some of the female main characters in Dickerson’s other books, Margaretha is not a lady to wait around for someone to rescue her. She is strong without being too bold. Her character has a good balance that shows it is ...more
H.S.J. Williams
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I decided to give this author another try, and I will say I enjoyed this one much better than her first. It's a nicely paced princess story with sweet, if slightly stereotypical characters. I do wish that it'd had a better climax. In fact, there almost was no climax. With such an exciting beginning and plot, I rather expected more. It's more fluffy than most books I read, despite the dangerous villain, but I enjoyed it. ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
I’ll be discussing spoilers throughout, so beware.

The Princess Spy tells the story of Colin, a young Englishman who finds himself in Germany, and Margaretha, a highborn German lady. The story begins when Colin is attacked by a group of ruffians and left for dead. Tired, wounded, and on the brink of death, Colin stumbles through the countryside until he collapses at Hagenheim Castle, the home of Lady Margaretha. When he awakens, he finds that the only person who speaks his language—English—is Ma
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Age Appropriate For: 13 and up for mild romance and mild violence
Best for Ages: 13 and up

I didn’t think that any of Dickerson’s book would ever come close to The Captive Maiden. After all, I love Cinderella, and her retelling of that story was just so wonderful. However, The Princess Spy has taken the spot of my #1 favorite fairy-tale book.

Margaretha was my favorite female character in all of Dickerson’s books, maybe even one of my top 10 of the year. She had so much spunk and fire, while still
I’ve really been enjoying Melanie Dickerson’s Christian take on fairy tales, so I was eager to see how she adapted one of my favorites, especially considering the heroine was one of my favorite side characters from The Captive Maiden. While the elements from The Frog Prince, while present, were severely lacking, The Princess Spy was still an enjoyable story.

I adored Margaretha. She was such a sweet and delightful character, loyal and compassionate, with an innocent and romantic heart and the te
Laura Grace
Apr 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
What another delightful fairytale retelling by Melanie! I think this one is probably my favorite out of all the Hagenheim residents’ stories!

I really liked Margaretha and am glad her story was told because there is so much more to her then the sibling who can’t keep a secret. She’s brave, loyal, and just plain awesome in so many ways. I also liked Colin and thought he was a great hero (not to mention attractive).

“The Princess Spy” was fairly slow paced, but I wouldn’t say it was a bad thing. I
Sierra Faith
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Genre:Romance, Christian.

Favorite Quote:They didn't love me. They didn't like that I talk too much. They looked at me as if they didn't think I could have anything worth saying. Or as if I was a lack-wit. They were annoyed or preoccupied or didn't care. And I want to be loved. I want to love and be loved, and to be respected. I want someone to love me simply because I am a Duke's Daughter. I don't want a disinterested husband. I want someone who loves me passionately.

Age: 13+ for romance
Haley S
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy oh boy. Where do I start?
Definitely one of my favorite books.
Margaretha seemed just like me. I talk a lot. Like her, sometes too much. I just loved her personality. Again, I thought it seems just like me.
I really liked the plot.
It wasn't my favorite retelling of the Frog Princess but it still is a favorite book of mine.
Lauren Young
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can't believe I forgot to review this book! Well, it was amazing :-) I love all of Melanie Dickerson's books and this was a great retelling of the Princess and the Frog. It took me quite some time to read it but i really enjoyed it and loved all of the twists! ...more
I'm rating the books by authors my students love. I keep these books in my classroom library & each year new young readers discover them. Melanie Dickerson is one of my students' favorite authors. I'm so glad she's prolific! (I teach literature in a small Christian high school.) ...more
This book has such mixed reviews from my friends I was a little afraid what I might think of it. My overall conclusion is that I liked it well enough. It's no where near my favorite of this series, but it was fine and I was in the mood for something light and fluffy, so it struck the right cord for me at this time.

To get a little more specific, this is probably one of the looser retellings Melanie Dickerson has done, at least that I've read so far. It has to be hard to write a no-magic retellin
Deborah O'Carroll
In THE PRINCESS SPY, Melanie Dickerson delivers another wonderful book--beautiful inside and out! (That cover. Seriously. It's one of my favorites.) I was a little worried the story inside could not live up to the gorgeous cover, but it did. Oh, did it ever.

One of my favorite things had to be the fact that the hero is from England and speaks no German, but finds himself in Germany where nobody speaks English--except the heroine, who only speaks a little. Everything resulting from that basic prem
❄Elsa Frost❄
I knew I could finish this on time!

I only have a few comments to make about certain quotes though.

WARNING: Spoiler alert ahead!

(view spoiler)
Hannah Currie
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The main character, Princess Margaretha, continually surprised me with her spunk and creativity amidst what would have broken most people. Definitely the sort of person you'd want on your side in a crisis! The story was sweet and the setting so well-written that it felt like being transported back to the middle ages. ...more
It was very similar to the rest of the books in the series. Lots of running away from danger, capture, escape, more capture, very back and forth. However the first half of the book was a fun adventure with spying and such. Well written fun story.
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Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two-time Christy Award finalist, two-time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two-time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). Mel ...more

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“O Father God, I know nothing is impossible for You. I am not putting my faith in anything but You — not the money in my purse, nor my status as the daughter of a duke, not in Colin’s ability to protect me, nor even in myself. My faith is in You. You are mighty to save, and I will not waver in my faith. I know You care for me, and nothing is too hard for You.” 14 likes
“She never imagined she would get her first true kiss in the secret tunnel, surrounded by strange men. At least it was memorable.” 13 likes
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