Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blog Tour: The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette


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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...

This book is a clean, fun read! It starts right after Queen Amara has a riding "accident" in which she dies and King Sebastian is poisoned shortly after that. One of the servants, Alice Spindle, is accused of killing him since she is the one who brought him his drink and she is executed. None of the other servants believe she is guilty but they are unable to do anything to help her. Salir Romore, the King's advisor, takes over as King.

Cayla Black is another servant who takes care of Princess Avona (who is currently a baby) and she is convinced that the Princess is not safe and after getting a scare one night, she forms a plan and we pick up 16 years later with Ivan Finley, a rebel who is part of a group that wants to restore the kingdom to the way it was when King Sebastian was in charge. Life is more dangerous now with ridiculous laws, high taxes and knights who could do whatever they wanted without fear of consequences. Ivan has a plan and he sets off to find someone to help him. He meets Mally Biddle and she agrees to help him.

There are lots of characters that are introduced and sometimes it was hard to keep everyone straight. Mally has a lots of spunk and charges ahead with what she needs to do, even if she's scared by it. She's likable and forms great relationships. The plot was predictable but the characters were fun to read about so that didn't bother me at all. This was a hard book to put down and I wanted to keep reading it to find out how the mystery would unfold. I loved the ending and highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good, clean read with great characters, mystery, lies, betrayal, friendship, and light romance!!

My Rating=4.5 stars

Praise
"To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!"
~April Holgate


Author Melissa LeGette
Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel.



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7 comments:

Jinky said...

Oooh, sounds sooo good! Mysteriously fun. --The cover is beautiful. I wonder if it's a drawing.

Melanie said...

I love the cover, too! And it does look like it's a drawing. I'll see what I can find out.

mllegette.com said...

The cover art was done by Ileana Hunter. She is incredible. Her work amazes me -- the things she can do with a pen and pencil ... Look her up! You won't regret it!

~Melissa

Melanie said...

Thanks for the info, Melissa! I did look her up and, wow, she is amazing! I liked her Facebook page so I can continue to view her work. Did you pick the cover from work she had already done or did you give her an idea of what you wanted and she created it specifically for you?

mllegette.com said...

She's also hilarious and really great to work with. I gave her a reference photo by Sergiu Cioban and told her all about Mally. This is actually the second time that I've worked with Ileana. She did the 2nd cover version of my first novel and I liked it so much that I asked her to do Biddle, too. I've got a suspicion that I might have been her first book cover request. She's done lots of custom pieces, but I think I was the first author to knock on her door, so to speak.

Melanie said...

That's great! I looked at more of her work and do want to warn my readers that she does have some female nude pics (they don't appear to be featured on her Facebook page). The first group of pics I looked at were all faces and those are incredible. She is extremely talented!

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