Lady Magdaln is is travelling to Wolfberg to marry Duke Steffan, whom she met two years ago at Thornbeck Castle. But when she finds her fortunes turned when her serving maid holds her at knifepoint and demands that they switch places. When they arrive at the castle, she is dismissed to go tend the geese, there she meets a familiar goat herd, and realizes that more might be afoot than she originally thought.
Steffan is returning from Prague when he is attacked by men who seem to be intent on killing him. He cautiously comes back to the castle to find that his uncle has replaced nearly all the staff, and set up his own son as the Duke of Wolfberg. Steffan befriends a familiar goose girl called Maggie, and plots to reclaim his rightful seat.
I was thrilled to find out that this book was about Magdalen the kind hearted young woman who befriended Avelina in the Beautiful Pretender. Magdalen is from a struggling kingdom called Mallin, she knows that she must make a good match to save her people. She is pleased to receive the Duke's proposal, hoping that she will be able to marrying for love. Magdalen is kind to everyone, and is a good friend, humble, and a wants to please. She holds to her faith in difficult times, and does her best to make the most of where she is placed.
This is a fast paced read that is hard to put down. I loved the interaction between Magdalen and Steffan, and how it just seems so natural and at ease between them. Magdalen is a great encourager and edifies others around her, she truly treats others how she would like to be treated. Full of mystery and adventure, this is a engaging read from beginning to end. Definitely recommend!
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