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The Orphan’s Wish

Orphaned and alone, Aladdin travels from the streets of his Arab homeland to a strange, the orphans wishfaraway place. Growing up in an orphanage, he meets young Lady Kirstyn, whose father is the powerful Duke of Hagenheim. Despite the difference in their stations, Aladdin quickly becomes Kirstyn’s favorite companion, and their childhood friendship grows into a bond that time and opposition cannot break. Even as a child, Aladdin works hard, learning all he can from his teachers. Through his integrity, intelligence, and sheer tenacity, he earns a position serving as the duke’s steward. But that isn’t enough to erase the shame of being forced to steal as a small child—or the fact that he’s an orphan with no status. If he ever wants to feel equal to his beautiful and generous friend Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim and seek his fortune. Yet once Aladdin departs, Lady Kirstyn becomes a pawn in a terrible plot. Now, Aladdin and Kirstyn must rely on their bond to save Kirstyn from unexpected danger. But will saving Kirstyn cost Aladdin his newfound status and everything he’s worked so hard to obtain? An enchanting new version of the well-known fairy tale, The Orphan’s Wish tells a story of courage and loyalty, friendship and love, and reminds us what “family” really means.

My Review:

I am so disappointed with this book. Why, Melanie Dickerson, did you have to have the main character’s name be Aladdin.  In the Captive Maiden, the main characters were not named Prince Charming or Cinderella. This book was not like any of her other books, or the ones I have read before. Most of the time in the book the main two characters were thinking about the past. For example, Kirstyn thought about that day when she was 12 or Aladdin remembered the day Kirstyn turned 13. And things like that were in the book more times I could count. The story was rather bland as well. So, the main girl gets kidnapped and her dad, who is a duke, pretty much gave up on trying to find her.

In my own opinion this is not Dickerson’s best work. I am not a fan of this book and was really disappointed.


Title: The Orphan’s Wish

Author: Melanie Dickerson

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.



The Knight and the Dove

Eager to secure a permanent loyalty from this promising young knight, King Henry commands Bracken to marry into one of the crown’s most loyal families. But Lord Vincent’s oldest daughter, the beautiful yet deceitful Marigold, scorns the king’s edict. She will never marry a lowly earl. Now Vincent must call his beloved Megan from the abbey and send her to Hawkings Crest to wed.
When Marigold discovers that Bracken has been made a duke for his obedience, jealousy drives her to madness – a madness that will stop at nothing to bring her youngest sister pain. Will Bracken rescue Megan from Marigold’s wicked scheme? Will Megan ever hear the words she longs to hear from her knight?
A moving epic of God’s tender care in even the darkest moments.

Knight and the Dove

I actually talked about this book in an earlier review for The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson but only now have I realized that I have not written a review on this book. So here is my review of The Knight and the Dove.

I absolutely love Lori Wick as an author. I have read most of her books more than twice. This is one of those books. The book is the fourth book of Wick’s Kensington Chronicles but really it is a stand alone book, since the book jumps to the 1500s instead of the 1840s like the rest of the books in the series. I think Wick should have kept writing in this time period. The book is not my personal favorite but is not my least. Actually, I like all of Wick’s books.

Back to the book. Wick weaves a good story, which in the end makes you disappointed it had to end. Unlike many of inspirational authors that write in this time period, Wick did get one thing right that the rest sometimes forgets. During this time period the girl could not argue about getting married to their intended. I like this author because she follows the time period.

So, I absolutely recommend The Knight and the Dove. The book is a good love story. It is one of those books that can be read anytime.


Title: The Knight and the Dove

Author: Lori Wick

Reading Resolution 56: Read a library book.


Just FYI, I have read all of Wick’s books and can recommend them all.


This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

A Dangerous Engagement

Just as merchant’s daughter Felicity Mayson is spurned once again because of her meager dowry, she receives an unexpected invitation to Lady Blackstone’s country home. Being introduced to the wealthy Oliver Ratley is an admitted delight, as is his rather heedless yet inviting proposal of marriage. Only when another of Lady Blackstone’s handsome guests catches Felicity’s attention does she realize that nothing is what it seems at Doverton Hall. Government agent Philip McDowell is infiltrating a group of cutthroat revolutionaries led by none other than Lady Blackstone and Ratley. Their devious plot is to overthrow the monarchy, and their unwitting pawn is Felicity. Now Philip needs Felicity’s help in discovering the rebels’ secrets—by asking her to maintain cover as Ratley’s innocent bride-to-be. Philip is duty bound. Felicity is game. Together they’re risking their lives—and gambling their hearts—to undo a traitorous conspiracy before their dangerous masquerade is exposed.

A dangerous engagement

This book is the third book in Melanie Dickerson’s series The Regency Spies of London. This book was is not my favorite Dickerson book but it is not at the bottom. The idea of the story was good but in my opinion it dragged on. However, the story was still good.

The cover of the book was actually the reason I picked up this book and wanted to read the book. Also I knew it was a Melanie Dickerson book and I have read almost all of her books.

I would recommend this book because Melanie Dickerson is the author and all of her books have been good, clean books that can be read my teenagers and adults. I have younger teenage sisters and it makes me happy that there is an author that I can recommend to them because of her wholesome books.


Title: A Dangerous Engagement

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Author’s Website: http://www.melaniedickerson.com/

Reading Resolution 15: Read a teen book.

I received this book from Waterfall Press for this review.


Have you read all of Melanie Dickerson’s books? Well if you have, Jody Hedlund’s  The Uncertain Choice Series is a good clean series that I would also recommend to teenage girls, as well!


This review is witten in my own words and is my honest opinion.

National Book Lover’s Day

Hello Book Lovers Everywhere,

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” Jane Austen.

Happy National Book Lover’s Day! Wow, A day to celebrate people who like to read–that is super cool. What am I reading? Well, I currently have four books on my nightstand, which are: A Name Unknown by Roseanna White, The Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson, The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling, and a book all about painting portraits. I also should be receiving the newest Kristi Ann Hunter book, An Inconvenient Beauty, very soon. I am very excited about that book! Those reviews are all coming very soon.

A name unknownThe Promise of DawnColored Pencil PotraitsA Viscount's ProposalAn Inconvenient Beauty

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  C.S. Lewis.


What are you reading?


A Noble Servant

She lost everything to an evil conspiracy . . . but that loss may just give her all she ever wanted. Since meeting Steffan, the Duke of Wolfberg, at Thornbeck Castle, Lady Magdalen has not been able to stop thinking about him. She knows—as a penniless lady with little to offer in terms of a dowry—she has no real hope of marrying such a highly-titled man, so it comes as a great surprise when she receives a letter from him, asking for her hand in marriage. But all is not what it seems at Wolfberg Castle. Steffan has been evicted by his scheming uncle, and his cousin has taken over the title of duke. Left for dead, Steffan is able to escape, and disguised as a shepherd, hopes to gain entry to the castle to claim the items that will prove he is the true Duke of Wolfberg. Journeying to the castle, Magdalen has no idea what awaits her, but she certainly did not expect her loyal maidservant to turn on her. Forcing Magdalen to trade places with her, the servant plans to marry the duke and force Magdalen to tend the geese. Without their respective titles—and the privileges that came with them—Steffan and Magdalen’s lives are adrift. If Lord Hazen discovers them, he will kill Steffan and force Magdalen to marry his own spoiled son—to insure the success of his evil plans. A Goose Girl retelling, with shades of The Prince and the Pauper.

A Noble Servant PIC

I am very pleased with this book!

This is the third book in the Thornbeck/ A Medieval Fairy Tale Series. I have read almost all of Melanie Dickerson’s books and for the most part I have been pleased with them all, including this one. I grew up being read fairy tales, so I like it very much that Dickerson’s books all include a retelling of a fairy tale. This book was a unique version of the story, the Goose Girl originally told by the Grimm Brothers. I would say Dickerson did a fine job with this retelling and made this story intriguing and fun.

Dickerson is one of those authors that you can read anytime, because her books are clean and have a good story line. That is why I like her books.

Title: A Noble Servant

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Author’s Website: http://www.melaniedickerson.com/index.html

Reading Resolution 59: Read a fairy-tale retelling.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing Company through Netgalley for this review.


Read my review of The Beautiful Pretender, the second book in Thornbeck/ A Medieval Fairy Tale Series.