The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

The 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 gr...

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ISBN:0718026608
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages

The Noble Servant Reviews

  • Tricia Mingerink
    May 18, 2017

    I enjoyed this book. It was a good, sweet read that was easy to pick up and put down while reading over breakfast while not making me late for work.

    I was looking forward to this book ever since I read The Beautiful Pretender, which is my favorite Melanie Dickerson book outside of her Regency ones, and I was looking forward to this even more when I realized it was a Goose Girl retelling.

    This book delivered...mostly. Magdalen and Steffan made a cute couple, and there were a few harrowing moments

    I enjoyed this book. It was a good, sweet read that was easy to pick up and put down while reading over breakfast while not making me late for work.

    I was looking forward to this book ever since I read The Beautiful Pretender, which is my favorite Melanie Dickerson book outside of her Regency ones, and I was looking forward to this even more when I realized it was a Goose Girl retelling.

    This book delivered...mostly. Magdalen and Steffan made a cute couple, and there were a few harrowing moments in the book. But something felt a bit missing in the book. I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe because, outside of 1 week that Magdalen spent as a goose girl, this barely followed the Goose Girl fairy tale at all. Not that I minded some changes (I'm rather glad no horses died in this version of the fairy tale), but I was still looking for more. *shrugs*

    It was still enjoyable and it was nice to revisit a few characters from the previous books there at the end.

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    Jun 07, 2017

    Melanie Dickerson does it again! Another extremely enjoyable novel from a talented author. :)

    I always enjoy Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale novels, and this one was especially enjoyable for some reason! :) It’s the final book in the trilogy which began with The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and The Beautiful Pretender, and it tells the story of Magdalen, the friend of the heroine in The Beautiful Pretender, which I was very excited about. However, each of the books stands alone (aside from a few r

    Melanie Dickerson does it again! Another extremely enjoyable novel from a talented author. :)

    I always enjoy Melanie Dickerson’s fairytale novels, and this one was especially enjoyable for some reason! :) It’s the final book in the trilogy which began with The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest and The Beautiful Pretender, and it tells the story of Magdalen, the friend of the heroine in The Beautiful Pretender, which I was very excited about. However, each of the books stands alone (aside from a few references/characters who reappear, which isn’t so important), so if you haven’t read the first two, you can definitely jump in on this one! :)

    The Noble Servant is a retelling of The Goose Girl (with nods to The Prince and the Pauper as well), which is not a fairytale I’m as familiar with as some, although I know the general idea of the servant taking the place of her lady and forcing the heroine to become a servant tending to geese. I enjoyed the retelling aspect but likely didn’t pick up on as much of it as I might have if it was a different fairytale. But far from making it less enjoyable because of that, I actually enjoyed it immensely because I had no idea what was going to happen!

    I really liked our heroine, Lady Magdalen of Mallin, who was very sweet but capable; and I especially liked the hero, Steffan, Duke of Wolfburg, who was kind but heroic and noble, and had some great lines. They are both nobles who find themselves in servant roles outside Steffan’s castle, and there is a plot by Steffan’s uncle and all sorts of intriguing things. I loved how they both ended up servants for awhile, which was interesting to read about. My favorite thing about the story was probably Magdalen and Steffan. They were super cute together, too. ;) I loved their dialog! Some of their discussions and times with the sheep and geese were my favorite parts of the novel. ^_^

    I especially loved how Steffan really disliked the geese. XD You have a Goose Girl retelling, and the hero doesn’t like the geese the heroine is around because he’s scared of them. It. was. the. best. XD Steffan’s comments about the birds were my favorite. :D

    As always, I enjoyed the medieval German setting (Steffan had even been away studying in Prague! I loved that!), with the smattering of German words, and the castle and the woods and fields, and even a sight of the sea. It was overall lovely and a great setting and time-period. Also, I want to eat those stuffed rolls with bacon, potato, and sauerkraut in them—they made me so hungry. XD

    It was exciting at times, and absorbing all throughout, and had a few surprise twists which I did not see coming! Especially with a few of the side characters surprising me. So that was neat. :) Something about it felt a little different than Melanie Dickerson’s previous books, I felt, but not in a bad way. It was just... kind of new. :) While still being slightly similar in a good and familiar way.

    Like I said, I wasn’t ever sure what would happen next, and the writing was extremely well done, and kept me turning pages all throughout the book, eager to find out how our sweet heroine and dashing hero would get out of their predicaments, with God’s help, and maybe find a little love along the way. ;) I couldn’t stop reading and was captivated until the final page.

    I can’t think of anything specific that I disliked. Occasionally it gets very slightly exasperating how long it takes the hero and heroine to actually let on that they like each other and get over their worries about not being worthy etc., but that seems to be a classic romance theme, so oh well. :P And it didn’t annoy me as much as sometimes.

    Overall, it was a very enjoyable story, which I quite liked. ^_^ I’d say that young adults and adults alike would enjoy this charming, sweet romance in medieval Germany, with a dash of retellings and Christianity, mistaken identities, lovable characters, and fun dialog about geese. :D

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    May 13, 2017

    About this book:

    About this book:

    Series: Book #3 in the

    series. Review of #1 Here! and #2 Here!

    Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & prayed; Many Prayers & crossing; A confession; Talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God & Jesus; Many mentions of prayers, praying, & crossing; Mentions of talks about God & faith; Mentions of Bible reading & studying; Mentions of those & events in the Bible; Mentions of churches, cathedrals, convents, nuns, priests, & confessions; Mentions of sins & forgiveness; A few mentions of Heaven & angels; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A couple mentions of miracle & passion plays at Easter; A couple mentions of Christians; A couple mentions of saints; A mention of the pope;

    *Note: A couple mentions of superstitions; A mention of heathens.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘stupid’s; Some eye rolling; Quite a lot of fighting, hitting, swords, blood/bleeding, & killing/murdering (self-defense) (up to semi-detailed); Being held at knife point & threaten (up to semi-detailed); Pain, being bit, beatings, blacking out, blood/bleeding, & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Being freaked out in small spaces & imagining the worse (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of fighting, violence, nearly being killed, being struck, beatings, being strangled, knifes/swords, being threaten, pain, blood/bleeding, & injuries (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of assassins, killing/killings, murders, attacking, & blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of executions, hangings, & torture; Mentions of deaths, bodies, & those starving to death (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of drinking, wine, poisons & poisoning someone; Mentions of nightmares of animals & a man attacking a girl or her geese (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of hunting animals preying on geese; Mentions of a young child being stuck in a well, screaming & very scared (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of thieves & stealing; Mentions of hatred & threats; Mentions of lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of gossip; Mentions of jealousy; Mentions of a lady having to use the bathroom outdoors; A few mentions of a father beating his son; A couple mentions of the thought of stabbing/killing someone in their sleep; A couple mentions of boys throwing rocks at a dog; A couple mentions of throwing up.

    Sexual Content- an almost kiss, four cheek kisses, two not-detailed kisses, five barely-above-not-detailed kisses, two semi-detailed kisses; Wondering about/Wanting to kissing someone (five times, barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Holding/Embraces, Smelling, & Flutters (barely-above-not-detailed); Remembering touches (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Staring; Mentions of being tempted to kiss, kissing & kisses; Mentions of seeing & hearing a couple kissing (twice, no details); Mentions of touches; Mentions of having to share a room with the opposite gender (nothing happens); Mentions of falling in love & not marrying for love; A few mentions of men staring at Magdalen & winking; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of a man having “a little fun” with a woman & doing unspeakable things (it doesn’t happen); A couple mentions of an apprentice who has bedded half of the maidservants; A couple mentions of unwanted advances; A couple mentions of flirting; A couple mentions of jealousy; A mention of men pursuing women & carousing; A mention of a hand kiss; Love, falling in love & the emotions;

    *Note: Mentions of a mother & baby that died in childbirth; A mention of kicking someone in his groin.

    -(Lady) Magdalen of Mallin, age 19

    -Steffan of Wolfberg, age 21

    P.O.V. switches between them & Hazen (4x)

    Set in 1365 {Medieval}

    313 pages

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    Pre Teens- One Star

    New Teens- Two Stars

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars

    Older High School Teens- Four Stars

    My personal Rating- Four Stars

    It’s over already?

    what a perfect ending.

    Being a loose retelling on The Goose Girl (a story I wasn’t familiar with) and The Princess & the Pauper, I could see the elements of both worked into this plot.

    This was such another great Melanie Dickerson novel! I feel like I say it again every book she comes out with, but this might be one of my favorites! However, I would say this is probably my favorite of out this trilogy.

    Just like all of Miss Melanie’s past books, the main girl is incredible, relatable, loveable, & inspirational for readers on her faith. Magdalen didn’t hate Agnes even after everything that happened, asking God to help her forgive and even mentions that she doesn’t want Agnes killed for she might repent someday. Steffan did kill a few men out of self-defense or protection for Magdalen, but I honestly don’t think it was gruesome or icky in the mentions due to the way it was written.

    Even though it had more of a serious undertone, there were many times I giggled out loud at Steffan or comments he made. There also was a part where I literally yelled out,

    {Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard} (pg. 234)

    But that ending took the cake and I loved seeing Avelina again! Awww! :)

    Link to review:

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) for this honest review.

  • Alyssa
    Jan 23, 2017

    I actually really enjoyed this one! I think this may be the best MD book I've read so far.

  • Kelly Tyree
    Mar 28, 2017

    I cannot say enough good things about The Noble Servant. It is a book that draws you in and you just enjoy the characters so much.

    Lady Magdalen lives at home with her sisters and her mother. Magdalen's mother treats her poorly and insists she marry well so that she can bring economic relief to her community. Magdalen is surprised to receive a proposal of marriage from the Duke of Wolfberg. They danced two years ago but she had not heard from him since then. As she heads to his castle, her serva

    I cannot say enough good things about The Noble Servant. It is a book that draws you in and you just enjoy the characters so much.

    Lady Magdalen lives at home with her sisters and her mother. Magdalen's mother treats her poorly and insists she marry well so that she can bring economic relief to her community. Magdalen is surprised to receive a proposal of marriage from the Duke of Wolfberg. They danced two years ago but she had not heard from him since then. As she heads to his castle, her servants betray her and make her switch places with them. Her servant is now considered to be Lady Magdalen and Magdalen becomes a servant in charge of the geese.

    Steffan is the Duke of Wolfberg. He has been away at school for two years. During that time, his evil uncle has taken over the castle and is using his son to pose as the Duke of Wolfberg. Steffan's only way of proving who he is lies in the castle walls. He poses as a servant so that he can gain access to the kingdom. When Steffan meets Magdalen he immediately knows who she is. She suspects him to be the Duke but she is unsure. When Steffan and Magdalen form a friendship and work together to reveal their true identities he gets dangerous for them. They are unsure who they can trust and learn they can only rely on each other.

    The Noble Servant is so well written and tender. You have to love the two main characters and their integrity. Both are noble servants. The ending of the book is just so good.

  • Julie Carpenter
    Mar 13, 2017

    I love the story of The Goose Girl and didn't realize that was what this book was about. I'd previously read and listened to (multiple times) "The Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale and absolutely loved it! This was a fun retelling by another favorite author and it did not disappoint! This one is more of a Christian fiction than Hale's retelling but I loved how it was done.

    I'll post my full review when it gets closer to the release date! I can't wait for Melanie Dickerson fans to read it.

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    I love the story of The Goose Girl and didn't realize that was what this book was about. I'd previously read and listened to (multiple times) "The Goose Girl" by Shannon Hale and absolutely loved it! This was a fun retelling by another favorite author and it did not disappoint! This one is more of a Christian fiction than Hale's retelling but I loved how it was done.

    I'll post my full review when it gets closer to the release date! I can't wait for Melanie Dickerson fans to read it.

    ----------Full Review-----------

    This is a sort of Prince and the Pauper type story...except the switch between nobility and servant is not a mutual exchange. Deceit and lies run rampant throughout this story as certain characters wish to be raised in status and the only way they know how is to achieve it through cunning lies and force.

    Steffan, the Duke, has been away at school. He is the only remaining member of his immediate family. His uncle has stepped in to help care for his castle and people while he is away but his sinister designs are put into action and Steffan will soon find himself in the center of it all, trying to save his people and himself. Then when he realizes who else is in danger, he must work extra hard to save her as well.

    Magdalen is not as noble born as Steffan but has dreamed that he might remember her and their sweet night of dancing and talking together years ago. That he just might desire to marry her, but the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. So imagine Magdalen's surprise when she receives a missive from Steffan asking(maybe demanding is a better word here) that she come immediately and be married to him. Magdalen cannot believe her dreams could come true and her mother is beside herself and rushes Magdalen out the door and on her three day journey to her new home, village and husband.

    Both Steffan and Magdalen encounter terror on their journeys back to Steffan's home and find themselves needing to disguise who they are. Magdalen's maid servant, Agnes, dresses as Magdalen and tells her if she tries to tell anyone the truth they will kill her and her friend. Steffan escapes from two servants trying to kill him. Both Steffan and Magdalen find themselves relegated to the servants position and in need to convince somebody of the truth of who they are and to overthrow the evil usurper Hazen, Steffan's uncle.

    Help and strength come from some surprising sources throughout the story. Steffan and Magdalen find each other, in disguise, and work together to free his people and themselves.

    Danger, intrigue, geese, cows, hidden rooms, mines, unlikely friends, kisses, God, cunning wits, peril, beautiful dresses, rags, towers, protection, love, marriage, stolen items and much much more is all contained within this gem of a book. I loved it! If you haven't read the story of the Goose Girl, now is your chance! It was sweet with some very fast paced moments, some tender moments, some moments of forgiveness and some of unrepentance. There were several characters that I thought I liked them only to be deceived and others I had a change of heart for the better about.

    I love Melanie's books and I love how she connects her characters to God. If you enjoy Christian fiction, especially Fairy tales and medieval tales, I highly recommend reading her books.

    Content: Clean, some fighting and a couple deaths but nothing graphic. Characters talk about God and pray several times asking for his help and guidance.

    I received an ARC from the Publisher, Thomas Nelson, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
    Mar 09, 2017

    The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

    This story grabs the reader immediately and pulls them straight into the medieval era and Magdalen's life. Dickerson possesses magic in her fingertips because she weaves such a spellbinding tale that the reader cannot put it down! Magdalen's character drew me in with her sweet disposition and her kind and beautiful heart. I had no idea how she would resolve her situation but I knew she would persevere somehow because she never gave up. Her kindness towards o

    The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

    This story grabs the reader immediately and pulls them straight into the medieval era and Magdalen's life. Dickerson possesses magic in her fingertips because she weaves such a spellbinding tale that the reader cannot put it down! Magdalen's character drew me in with her sweet disposition and her kind and beautiful heart. I had no idea how she would resolve her situation but I knew she would persevere somehow because she never gave up. Her kindness towards others and her faith in God made for a heroine that all women would want to be like. My heart was pumping with adrenaline for all of the precarious situations she and Steffan found themselves in! And man was Steffan handsome, he would make any girl swoon with his good looks and chivalrous personality! Dickerson has done it again with The Noble Servant! She transported me to another time and place to where I forgot my world completely and became entrenched in Magdalen's! Bravo for a beautifully written Christian medieval tale! Five stars and I cannot wait for whatever Dickerson writes next! I received a copy of this via Netgalley and I was under no obligation to review it.

  • Cara Putman
    Mar 14, 2017

    This book is a sweet step back in time to medieval Germany. Magdalen has been forced from her rightful position by a servant and now works as a goose girl. The duke has also lost his position. Together they must try to save their positions so they can save their countries. The plot has threads of danger, romance, and intrigue. It was a sweet story, and one I enjoyed. It is also a retelling of a Grimm tale I wasn't familiar with. Perfect for teen readers and those who enjoy a great story.


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