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 undetected and avoiding being selected as the margrave’s bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.
Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences. Will Avelina be able to stop the evil plot? And at what cost?
My opinion: I was so eager to read this book, after all the gorgeous cover was enough to get one engaged. I love fairy tales re-imagined and while this one was well written at times it just fell a little flat with me. I was not overly fond of how into looks the author is, making the main character just a bit much despite being a servant girl. I like some rags to riches stories but this one was a bit much. If you are into fairy tales and a heroine that is oh,so beautiful then this book might be for you. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.