Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #2)” as Want to Read:
The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Beautiful Pretender

(A Medieval Fairy Tale #2)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,890 ratings  ·  672 reviews
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 undet
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Thomas Nelson
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Beautiful Pretender, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Melanie Dickerson Hmm, if there is any similarity, it was not intentional. I love the story of Esther and it would be fun to retell that story in a Medieval setting . .…moreHmm, if there is any similarity, it was not intentional. I love the story of Esther and it would be fun to retell that story in a Medieval setting . . . wow, you just gave me a great idea! LOL! But this story is more of a Beauty and the Beast/slash/Princess and the Pea story. But now that you mention it, Princess and the Pea is similar in itself to the story of Esther.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.14  · 
Rating details
 ·  4,890 ratings  ·  672 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #2)
Rachel McMillan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it

(note: if you are expecting any kind of eloquence, I direct you elsewhere. Herein, you shall be privvy to my squeals and bouncing in my chair and finger-tip tingling delight! )


The sexy "we're hiding in a false wall behind a book case and there may be beetles but let us hold each other for body warmth!"

The kinda-maimed-Beast-like-guy who saves the HEROINE from WOLVES !

The dresses and historical detail. THE BALLS! The Queen Esther trope of having a man in a posit
Aww ... :') Another adorable historical medieval fairy tale retelling from Melanie Dickerson. Always look forward to a new book from her! ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just as the lovely cover implies, this was a beautiful book. I loved the storyline of "she's-beneath-him-and-not-good-enough-he's-the-margrave-she's-a-servant-girl", etc., etc. Ahh! It was wonderful!! :D

Avelina was a really sweet character. Not perfect, and she did some deceitful things that I don't believe she would have done under normal circumstances, but she was lovable. :) She offen struggled with being 'good enough' and, ahhh! *clutches heart* How she realized that in Christ was woul
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?
The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.
Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and mak
Another very sweet romance/fairytale retelling from Melanie Dickerson. This book is the sequel to "The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest".

I truly did not mean to take so long to get around to this book! The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest was the very first book I read in January of this year, and here I am at the end of December, just now getting around to the next book. To clarify, I wasn't putting this book off by any means, it simply happened by chance that I read a bunch of other books before I fin
Jaye Knight
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fact that I’m reviewing The Beautiful Pretender is surprising. You see, I never finished the first book in the series, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. For some reason, it just didn’t grab me at all and I had to put it aside. I didn’t expect to read any further in the series, however, after seeing the glowing reviews of The Beautiful Pretender that my friends were sharing, I was intrigued. I still didn’t think I would take the time to check it out, but, on a whim, I picked it up. I was very ...more
Lucy Buller
Oct 28, 2015 marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know how she does it, but each of Dickerson’s fairytale retellings are wonderful stories that keep getting better and better! The Beautiful Pretender only took about three chapters to grab my full attention and then I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up WAY past my bedtime eagerly turning the pages on my kindle with this one. Loved Avelina right away and was amazed by her strength, discernment, faith, and courage throughout. This is the SECOND time Dickerson had my heart melting for a beas ...more
Tricia Mingerink
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I literally read this in one day start to finish. I hadn't planned on that. I'd planned to pick it up as a slow, pick and up set down sort of book.

But this one just scooped me up and took me away. It has more action than many of the other Melanie Dickerson books I've read before, and I like action. I also really connected to the main characters.

Even though I haven't read the first book in this series, I figured out things quickly enough. Now I really want to go back and read it. I also can't w
Oh! How unexpectedly delightful this book was. I didn't particularly enjoy the other books in the series but the premise of the plot and promise of the Princess and the Pea (my favorite fairytale EVER) overcame my hesitations.
Comfortable, romantic, and fluffy...this was a perfect read for a Sunday afternoon. I did find the obsession with kissing a little much, but I suppose you go in expecting it with books like this. I also could not take seriously every time the heroine nearly froze to death
Galaxy Adventurer
review coming soon :)
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Melanie Dickerson pleases her readers. The boys and I read this one together. They enjoyed it as much as I did.

This is the fairly tale retelling mix of the Princess and the Pea and Beauty and the Beast. We met the Margrave in The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and learned that he took over after his brother died. He's being blamed for the death of his brother and that does not help Reinhart's guilt of not getting his brother out of the fire safely. Now the king has decided that Reinhar
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I enjoyed being immersed in medieval Germany with political intrigue and hidden identities. As a young adult novel this is written with a lighter tone, and I smiled at the nods to Beauty and the Beast that popped up throughout the story. Avelina's strength of character and compassionate personality shine as she stands out from the crowd of pampered ladies. I was glad that her isolation was offset by a friendship with one of the young women, which proved to help her cause later on. The beginnings ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Melanie Dickerson writes fairy tales for grown ups with a Christian theme. She does it very well, too! As a child, I adored fairy tales, so it's wonderful to be able to read them in more depth as an adult. This one is set in sixteenth century Germany and is a retelling of The Princess and the Pea with a bit of Beauty and the Beast thrown in.

Melanie has created a cast of characters that will appeal to anyone! The reader is just swept away as the story unfolds! She adds romance, intrigue, danger,
Carrie Turansky
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fairytales come to life and characters step right into your heart in Melanie Dickerson's books, and The Beautiful Pretender is no exception. This is a page-turner that will delight readers! ...more
Vivian Chen (Vivian's Book Pavilion)
This is post originally on Vivian's Book Pavilion
After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

Really? Again? Melanie Dickerson has once again proves herself the queen of fairytale retelling author!!!! Yeahhhh!!!!!! THIS BOOK IS SOOOOO GREAT!!!! I devoured it within…four hours? I just can’t put the book down! It’s so great!!!! My only problem is that
Deborah O'Carroll
Review originally posted on The Road of a Writer:

I loved this book so much! Definitely a favorite of Melanie Dickerson's books, for me. Ever since meeting the Margrave of Thornbeck Forest in the first book in this series (THE HUNTRESS OF THORNBECK FOREST), I simply couldn't wait to read THE BEAUTFUL PRETENDER to get his story. I liked this one even more than the first book!

Although THE BEAUTIFUL PRETENDER is a sequel, it can very easily be read alone (tho
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is only the second Melanie Dickerson book that I have read. You can be sure that I am going to go back and read all of the books she has written! Wow!!! Previously I read The Golden Braid and loved it, but The Beautiful Pretender took fairy tale stories to a whole new level for me!

The Beautiful Pretender is book two in a series, however, I had not read the first book and had absolutely no trouble following along. The two main characters from the first book are also in this story as supporti
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Another MUST read by Melanie Dickerson!

What a wonderful story! I think The Beautiful Pretender is my new favorite Melanie Dickerson novel! I think I fell in love with Avelina's wit and candor even faster than the Margrave did. This was one of those rare stories that I became so totally immersed in that I felt like I was right there experiencing everything alongside the characters.

Reading book one in the series, The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest, will definitely give some background to the story
Oct 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book but did not love it. (I love the title though!) However, taken for what it is, a simple light fairytale, it was a cute. This was my first book by Melanie Dickerson. It was a steady and consistent story, well-written in that manner. Overall, it felt a bit juvenile to me and I would probably not seek out to read her books consistently. As always, it’s a matter of preference and what you like to read. The story was sweet and engaging enough. I enjoyed the tale that was told. It ke ...more
Andrea Cox
If it would have been clear from the beginning which fairy tale this book was retelling, I likely would have enjoyed it much better. The first half of the story had slight hints of Beauty and the Beast and Princess and the Pea, so I ended up asking a friend who told me it was supposed to be the former. I could see that but wasn’t 100% positive. The second half of the book had much stronger hints at B&B, and once I settled into those hints, I enjoyed the rest of the book very much.

The hidden iden
Believing that Happily Ever After is real again!
For those who love a Happily Ever After with their Once Upon a Times... this book is for you! This author is for you! Melanie takes one of my favorite fairy tales and brings it new life not once but twice. This is Melanie's second Beauty and the Beast retelling but each book kept its originality. With this Beauty and the Beast retelling you also have a Princess and the Pea retelling combined! Both themes and tropes from both stories were woven tog
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reviews
I Love this cover. first reviewed here: https://belovedgraceful-carissasbooks...
Title: The Beautiful Pretender

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Series: A Medieval Fairy Tale

Chapters: 30

Pages: 312

Genre: Fairy tale retelling

Rating: 5 stars

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson the second in the A Medieval Fairy tale. To me it seemed like a fairy retelling of both The Princess and the Pea and Beauty and the beast, but it was more of a Beauty and the Beast retelling that anything else. When the Margr
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to fall in love with Beauty and the Beast again? You will with this retelling placed in the 14th century.
Avelina and Lord Thornbeck are on my favorite characters list.
I like flawed heroes. One of my favorite is Beast. I liked Beast even before Disney created Belle and Beast. Growing up I had a Illustrated book of Beauty and the Beast where Beast looked like wild hog in a fancy collar. I can't tell you how many times I read that book.
Lord Thornbeck remind me of Beast. He has a deform
Faith Lund
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness I can't wait! So excited!
oh I love the cover!!!! So beautiful! This book is going to be awesome :)
Happy (spread The Word)
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This boom is amazing! Oh my gosh, I carried if with me WHEREVER I went. This is a must read!
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Beautiful Pretender is the second book in Melanie Dickerson's A Medieval Fairytale series. Reinhart and Avelina's relationship was adorable! I immensely enjoyed their romance but some of those kisses were eye rolling worthy, other than that there wasn't anything else I didn't like. I'm looking forward to reading the next book! ...more
Julianna Rowe
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Julianna by: Melanie Dickerson
Once upon a time in a not so distant land, there dwelt a writer who reigned as 'the undisputed queen of fairy-tale romance'. Although she started out writing for the younger generation, she soon began to see that her books also brought much pleasure to those who were forever young. I believe that most of us, if we were to admit it, are still young at heart in many ways. Yes, circumstances may cause us to push away or harden ourselves to childish things from bygone days. Yet, ultimately it is tho ...more
Jun 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
The cover of this book is fantastic - it made me think I was getting a story with a strong historical element. Since I love historical fiction and enjoy fantasy novels, I really wanted to read it. Once I got into the book I was disappointed to find it wasn't at all what I'd expected.

From the very beginning I was puzzled as to what kind of book I was reading. There were a few mentions of the Holy Roman Empire, a period which covered over 1000 years in Central Europe, but though there were castle
Amanda Tero
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
"A suggestion from most people is a suggestion, but a suggestion from the king is a command."

When Lord Thornbeck is commanded to find a wife, he balks at it, not wanting the traditional marriage of rank. He is persuaded to invite ten ladies to his castle so that he can test their character and determine which one is fit to be a margrave's wife.

The real Lady Dorothea has run off with her lover knight, and Dorothea's father, the Lord Plimmwald, is determined to gain Lord Thornbeck's favor. His bel
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Book Review #4 1 4 Oct 24, 2017 10:01PM  
Melanie Dickerson...: The Beautiful Pretender 114 73 Jun 07, 2016 01:16PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • For Love and Honor (An Uncertain Choice, #3)
  • A Daring Sacrifice (An Uncertain Choice, #2)
  • An Uncertain Choice (An Uncertain Choice, #1)
  • A Loyal Heart (An Uncertain Choice, #4)
  • A Worthy Rebel (An Uncertain Choice, #5)
  • Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)
  • The Vow (An Uncertain Choice, #0.5)
  • Beguiled (The Fairest Maidens, #2)
  • A Cowboy for Keeps (Colorado Cowboys, #1)
  • Besotted (The Fairest Maidens, #3)
  • A Reluctant Bride (The Bride Ships, #1)
  • Beholden (The Fairest Maidens, #1)
  • The Princess Companion: A Retelling of The Princess and the Pea (The Four Kingdoms, #1)
  • The Runaway Bride (The Bride Ships, #2)
  • Hereafter (The Lost Princesses, #3)
  • A Bride of Convenience (The Bride Ships, #3)
  • Unending Devotion (Michigan Brides, #1)
  • Princess of the Midnight Ball (The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy, #1)
See similar books…
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

Other books in the series

A Medieval Fairy Tale (3 books)
  • The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #1)
  • The Noble Servant (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #3)

News & Interviews

What will you do when it's your turn to pick your book club's next read? Well, this is what you won't do: panic. Why not? Because we've dug...
114 likes · 22 comments
“If you die fighting, I want to die fighting with you.” 21 likes
“We shall dedicate this battle to the woman who freed us.” Sir Klas turned from halfway up the stairs. “She is the bravest of us all.” “Ja!” the other soldiers shouted. “She is our lioness! We shall fight for her!” They” 3 likes
More quotes…