Audrey is a viscount’s daughter who has suffered her sister Maris’s cruel, jealous behavior all her life. An act of malice led their father to send Maris to a convent, but Audrey was still left with scars. Three years later, Audrey’s father is determined to marry off his damaged daughter, and Maris is returning. Desperate, Audrey sneaks away.
However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, injured, and in dire straits. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier.
Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, each must make a life-changing decision about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.
In this Ugly Duckling retelling, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson brilliantly crafts a high-stakes, encouraging tale about the power of love.
This series just gets better and better! I read A Court of Swans before picking this one up and I would recommend that one be read before this one. The author does a good job in explaining what happened before this book but it’s nice to see it all unfold.
This story was my favorite of the Dickerson books that I’ve read. I loved that there was a villainous character in the story and several nail biting moments of suspense.
The atmosphere is rich and the time period is one that I always find fascinating to read about…living in a time of earls, dukes, knights, and kings…so different from what we experience now.
The pacing was steady and I found myself flying through the pages. I definitely recommend this series!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.