Set in the time of knights and sword fights, The Princess Spy is a fun YA book. While there is some romance in the book it is not the central story. Mainly, the hero and heroine are fighting for their lives and the lives of her family. The events of the story ensure that their lives will never be the same again; but they mature throughout the story and view things in a better way at the end.
The story is in a time of walking or horseback riding, cheese and bread as a typical lunch, dungeons, secret passageways, and greedy aristocrats that want to take over more than they should. There is a variety of interesting characters sprinkled throughout but a lot of the time it is just the hero and heroine fleeing the villain’s men. The story jumps back and forth between their points of view without confusion or duplication. Including the different languages of German and English and the fact that the hero could not speak both languages made for some interesting moments and kept it true to life.
The heroine’s family has some major roles and I like their core family dynamic. The mother is a strong character, even though she has a small role, and I’d love to read more about her. The hero’s family comes in to play a little bit; and the hero learns some lessons that will make his family stronger than before.
After I finished the story I realized that there are more books by Melanie Dickerson about some of the other characters in the story. It in no way hindered my enjoyment of this story that I didn’t know that; but it did make me want to go find the other stories.
P.S. The cover does remind me of The Princess Bride movie, but the only story line resemblance is that the hero and heroine travel together and fight the bad guys.
Here is some backcover copy:
Margaretha has always been a romantic, and she 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.
Unable to pass his message on to her father, the duke, Margaretha convinces herself “Lord Colin” is just an addled stranger. But when Colin asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment for retrieving a lost heirloom, Margaretha discovers that she might be very wrong about both Colin and her potential betrothed.
You can find more information at the author’s site. Published by Zondervan. This book was sent to me through Book Look Bloggers for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.