Lady of Disguise
by Melanie Dickerson
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Pub Date 13 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 13 Mar 2024
Thomas Nelson--FICTION, Thomas Nelson
Only the hidden treasure will allow Louisa and her sister to gain their freedom.
England, 1388. All her life, Louisa’s dreamed of finding the rumored “Giant’s Treasure,” a collection of ancient, lost riches said to be hidden on a mountaintop in Scotland, guarded by a fierce monster. It’s a story her father used to tell her, and when he dies and she and her younger sister have to go live with their shiftless, greedy uncle, Louisa is determined to find that treasure. It’s the hope that has kept her defying her uncle’s efforts to marry her off to the highest bidder.
After her uncle starts to parade Louisa’s twelve-year-old sister Margaret in front of potential husbands, Louisa realizes she has no time to waste. She disguises herself as a boy and takes off for Scotland. But the road is a harsher place than she’d imagined, and she is relieved to find a friend in the knight, Sir Charles, who goes along with her on her journey.
Charles is intrigued by this young woman who claims her name is “Jack” and is set on going to Scotland. He goes along, pretending to believe she is a boy, in order to make sure nothing bad happens to her. As they meet new friends along the road, and as Louisa comes clean about her identity, the pair find themselves falling in love. But what will happen when they reach Scotland? Will they find their independence and the freedom to marry in the form of a buried treasure, or will the monster from Louisa’s own past keep the young couple apart?
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A lovely tale of love and mistaken identity, this gem takes place in medieval times, and at its heart is the love of a sister for a sister. Melanie Dickerson writes charming romances that warm the heart, and this one is no different. I found it a very engrossing, enjoyable read that I will return to!
LADY OF DISGUISE by MELANIE DICKERSON is a delightful romantic “fairy tale” which takes place in England in 1388, and in which we come upon the Dericott family again, with Sir Charles Raynesford of Dericott coming to the rescue of Louisa Lenton of Maydestone, who has run away from her wicked uncle who wants to marry her and her twelve year old sister Margaret to the highest bidder. Dressed as a boy, she sets off to Yorkshire to find the Viking treasure she has heard so much about. The characters she and Charles come across are interesting, and I love to see how they interact with the simple truth of Christ’s love and compassion flowing through the story…….
I like this description of Charles, a knight dedicated to his king and “going about the English countryside seeking wrongs to make right, damsels in distress to rescue, and other good deeds and noble quests,” and that of Louisa, who, as she left on her jourey, “hugged her sister, praying silently, God, help me come back to her with enough money so I can provide for us both.”
I found Lady of Disguise most enjoyable and inspirational - a “breath of fresh air” in its simplicity and truth.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Thomas Nelson. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
The way women have been treated down through the years is abominable. Instead of being treasured, so many (including myself) have suffered being demeaned and abused.
In this tale, two young women are seen only as a means of money to their uncle.
The oldest sister (I relate) will go to any length to protect her younger sister.
Along comes a knight who will protect women and children from the injustices of the time.
I love the quiet romance that lends hope that some good men can still be found.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. My opinions are my own.