The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything...
I just love the title of this book. Mally Biddle is an awesome name. It just rolls off my tongue in a fun way. Mally Biddle, Mally Biddle. :) Yup, fun.
The cover is cute too, don't you think? I like it.
So, as for the actual book, (for this is a review and not a commentary on the title and how it rolls off my tongue in fun. . .)
Very enjoyable. This is a cute story about a girl who gets caught up in a castle scheme with a group of local rebels. Of course, along the way she makes friends who become like family to her. In her quest to find information for the rebels, she finds plenty of adventures and danger.
Mally is sweet. She has courage and some spunk when she needs it. Who can resist a girl who loves her horse like Mally does? Not me. ;)
I'd say the overall feel of the book to me was innocent. The danger was never too scary, the romance was almost not even there. The relationships between family and friends were sweet. It was gentle, easy reading and had a sweet happily ever after ending.
Content: A few instances of mild swearing
Enjoy the following excerpt followed by the giveaway!
Galen grinned widely at her. On his chin was a nasty scratch and beside his right eye a faint bruise.
“Are you all right?” Mally immediately demanded. “I heard about the raid.”
“I’m fine,” Galen replied a bit too casually for Mally’s liking. “I’m glad to see you!”
“Don’t change the subject!” said Mally. “What happened?”
Galen looked a little surprised by Mally’s furious demand and a little … pleased? That didn’t make any sense to Mally, so she ignored the slight curve of his mouth and continued to glare at him.
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