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The princess spy
Dickerson, Melanie.
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Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, 2014.
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293 pages ; 22 cm
The year is 1413. Margaretha hopes her newest suitor, Lord Claybrook, will be her one true love, but when an injured man is brought to Hagenheim Castle claiming to be an English lord who was attacked by Claybrook, Margaretha is drawn into a plot, not knowing who is telling the truth.
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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 convinces herself "Lord Colin" is just an addled stranger. Then Colin retrieves an heirloom she lost in a well, and asks her to spy on Claybrook as repayment. Margaretha knows she could never be a spy--not only is she unable to keep anything secret, she's sure Colin is completely wrong about her potential betrothed. Though when Margaretha overhears Claybrook one day, she discovers her romantic notions may have been clouding her judgment about not only Colin but Claybrook as well. It is up to her to save her father and Hagenheim itself from Claybrook's wicked plot.

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Booklist Review

Margaretha is the daughter of a fifteenth-century German duke, and her family and acquaintances have always noted not only her penchant for talking incessantly but also her deeply romantic nature. She is looking forward to finding her one true love, and she thinks it might be her latest suitor, Lord Claypool. In a chance meeting with Colin, an Englishman come to the continent claiming that Claypool has murdered good people and seeking justice, Margaretha learns not only that her suitor may not be as honorable as she thought but also that she can successfully pare down her chattiness, keep an important secret, and help take righteous action. She and Colin join forces in a well-paced adventure that pits good against evil, features a strong and credible young woman, and relies on accurate social history in its Christian orientation. Margaretha's sensations, expectations, and fears are all evoked realistically, making this a good choice for readers who loved Katherine Paterson's Lyddie (1991) or Karen Cushman's Catherine, Called Birdy (1994) and are now ready for more romance.--Goldsmith, Francisca Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dickerson (The Healer's Apprentice) is off her game in this medieval historical romance set in early 15th-century Germany. Margaretha, the eponymous princess, is being wooed by the English noble Rowland Fortescue, Earl of Claybrook, whose foppish hats she rather dislikes. Into Margaretha's German stronghold arrives an injured Englishman, Colin le Wyse, whose situation is tied to Claybrook. Colin's startling disclosures force Margaretha to spy on her potential betrothed and act to save her family, as Colin and the princess slowly develop a relationship of warmth and trust. Title notwithstanding, the princess doesn't do a lot of spying, and the potential for adventure in the story is underdeveloped. The Snidely Whiplash of a villain is portrayed with a painful lack of subtlety, and Margaretha is similarly characterized by stereotype (she is repeatedly referred to as a talkative flibbertigibbet, though more evidence is provided of her resourcefulness than of her flightiness). Sparks between Margaretha and Colin are well-rendered, but not enough to redeem a by-the-numbers story. Ages 15-up. Agency: Books & Such Literary Agency. (Nov.)? © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-It's April 1413, and 18-year-old Margaretha, eldest daughter of Duke Wilhelm of Hagenheim, is reluctantly entertaining the pursuit of her latest suitor, Rowland Fortescue, Earl of Claybrook, when a handsome, severely injured stranger, Colin, arrives. The heroine is immediately drawn to the alluring young man and the daunting information he insists that he must share with her father-information that could put her and her entire family at risk, but could also save their lives. Talkative, sheltered, and carefree, Margaretha must undertake the task of spying on Lord Claybrook and his men to learn for herself if what Colin has warned her of is true and if so, how she can save her family from certain death. Throughout the story there is an undertone of attraction between the protagonist and Colin that builds gradually, leaving readers yearning for the moment the two will finally express their love. The story and the characters are believable, and the author seamlessly weaves details about this Holy Roman Empire village and courtly life, while maintaining the narrative's even pace. References to God are made throughout the story: Margaretha and Colin's thoughts and prayers often address the deity, making this an appropriate title for teens who enjoy princess-themed Christian romance.-Susan Harris, Ridgeway High School, TN (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.