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Castle of Refuge by Melanie Dickerson {Blog Tour}

Huge thank you to both JustReads Tours and Thomas Nelson for having me on this tour! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. Keep reading for my thoughts!

: Castle of Refuge
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Series: The Dericott Tales #2
Age: YA
Genres: Christiaan Fiction, Fairytale Retelling, Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: ARC
Purchase: Hardcover | Kindle | Audible | Christian Book | B&N 
Audrey is a viscount’s daughter who has suffered her sister Maris’s cruel, jealous behavior all her life. An act of malice led their father to send Maris to a convent, but Audrey was still left with scars. Three years later, Audrey’s father is determined to marry off his damaged daughter, and Maris is returning. Desperate, Audrey sneaks away.

However, life outside her home is dangerous, and she soon finds herself attacked, injured, and in dire straits. She is taken in at Dericott Castle to be nursed back to health. While there, she decides to keep her identity a secret and work as a servant in the castle. But she doesn’t count on falling in love with the young and handsome Lord Dericott, who lost his arm several months earlier.

Meanwhile, Edwin—Lord Dericott—is curious about the new, well-educated servant’s identity. When the man Audrey’s father wanted her to marry comes looking for her, each must make a life-changing decision about what to believe and whether or not love is truly worth trusting.

In this Ugly Duckling retelling, New York Times bestselling author Melanie Dickerson brilliantly crafts a high-stakes, encouraging tale about the power of love.
My Rating

Melanie's writing is always lovely and easy to read. Her retellings are always so beautifully done. I did get the chance to read Court of Swans, book one, of the series and I knew I wanted to continue reading the series. Book one got a 3.75 star rating from me, so I had high expectations for this book and it did get better to me. 

Edwin was one of my favorites from book one so I was excited to see how he would fair in his own book after such a tragic mishap with his arm. I loved seeing him really want to fight for justice after his own horrible battle at the hands of twisted men and women. 

Audrey is the daughter of a viscount. She is sweet and compassionate. She was physically harmed and scarred by her own sister. At some points I did find her a bit whiny, but she was more interesting to me than Delia, Edwin's sister.

Maris, the villain of the story, was by far annoying. I don't want to waste my words on her character.

I liked seeing the two of them bond and learn more about themselves and one another. Seeing them want to help others and do better for themselves was inspiring. Their friendship was beautiful. They didn't allow tragedy and misfortune to ruin their lives. Rather, they allowed the ashes to turn to beauty.

I enjoyed the story and can't wait for more books in this series!



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