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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition (December 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310727618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310727613
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (276 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A virtuous romance with characters who “fall in love with each other’s inner beauty in spite of outward appearance.” - Kirkus Review (Kirkus Review)

'True, readers will peg the happy ending at the start, but the progression of Annabel’s honorable love affair will have the rapt attention of Christian-fiction fans.' - Courtney Jones, Booklist Review (Booklist Review)

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer's Apprentice and The Merchant's Daughter, both Christy Award finalists, winner of The National Reader's Choice Award for 2010's Best First Book, and winner of the 2012 Carol Award in Young Adult fiction. She earned her bachelor's degree in special education from The University of Alabama. She has taught children with special needs in Georgia and Tennessee, and English to adults in Germany and Ukraine. Now she spends her time writing and taking care of her husband and two daughters near Huntsville, Alabama. Visit her on the web at

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I loved Annabel and Lord Ranulf's characters.
Novel Teen
The Merchant's Daughter is a beautiful retelling of the classic, Beauty and the Beast, my favorite fairy tale.
Angela Bell
The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson, is a retelling of the story Beauty and the Beast.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By DianaFlow on November 18, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
In The Merchant's Daughter, Melanie Dickerson has crafted a hauntingly beautiful, medieval tale, reminiscent of the timeless classic, The Beauty and the Beast. The setting is 14th century England, a time in which lords and castles, servants and comely lasses, and superstitious townsfolk abound! Our heroine, Annabel Chapman of Glynval, England, was once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, who died and left his family penniless. To avoid marrying bailiff Tom, a lecher who stalks and terrifies her, Annabel agrees to become a servant to Lord le Wyse, who is equally terrifying, but will not mistreat his servants.

Lord le Wyse is formidable; a man with one eye and numerous scars covering his body, and a disposition that leaves Annabel quaking in his presence. She has heard terrible rumors that the lord turns into a howling wolf and roams the woods at night, and actually sees him in the forest one evening on all fours, emitting a gut-wrenching howl from deep within. What has caused the young lord such anguish of soul and disfigurement in his features?

Annabel wishes only to become a nun and learn the Word of God, and is given an opportunity to read and discuss the Bible with Lord le Wyse, every evening before retiring. In those moments she sees a vulnerable, kind man, filled with torment and feelings of rejection because of his frightening looks, and a secret he has buried deep within. Just as Annabel is learning to trust God and let go of her fear, she is violently attacked in the woods one night, and a seemingly endless nightmare ensues. Can the beauty and the beast save one another, by the grace of God, or is it too late for both of them?

This book was amazing!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on December 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
For years Annabel's family shirked their duties and now that Lord Ranulf is moving to town, they must pay for their crimes. Unfortunately, the responsibility falls to Annabel. She must marry the evil bailiff or become Lord Ranulf's servant. Choosing the lesser of two evils, she packs her bags and begins three years of indentured servitude.

But life with Lord Ranulf is not as horrible as she feared. Though the man has a horrible temper and is scarred and disfigured, he allows Annabel to read from the bible, something she has always dreamed of doing. But when Annabel is attacked and a man gravely injured, everything good hangs in the balance, including Annabel and Lord Ranulf's futures.

Oooh, I love a good romance novel! And Melanie Dickerson writes very sweet romance novels. But they're fairytales, and fairytales always include an evil villain and danger. The Merchant's Daughter did not disappoint. I loved Annabel and Lord Ranulf's characters. I loved the initial misunderstandings, and I especially loved how it all worked out in the end. If you love fairytale romances, this one is a must read. And if you're looking for a sweet, clean teen read, this would make a perfect gift, as would Dickerson's first novel The Healers Apprentice. Highly recommended.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Evangeline Han on December 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Merchant's Daughter is an adaption of the fairytale Beauty and the Beast that contains resemblances to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. We have the ugly, deformed male character and the beautiful female protagonist. The circumstances to which Annabel goes to Lord Ranulf le Wyse is unmistakably similar to Belle's circumstances in Beauty and the Beast. Reading a novel that is similar to a fairytale, I couldn't help but compare both. By the end of The Merchant's Daughter (I completed it in less than 2.5 hours), I found myself liking the story even more than the Beauty and the Beast story.

Firstly, there is the Christian element in the story. It's no secret that I enjoy reading good Christian YA fiction. There is plenty of Bible reading done in the story, and secular readers wouldn't be able to give it a miss since the Bible reading sessions play an important role in the plot development. A glimpse to the treatment of clergy during the Middle Ages is given an important place in the book. I read quite a few literature books involving the Middle Ages era, and the depiction given of clergy in The Merchant's Daughter is accurate.

Then, there is plenty of "control" in the romance part of the story. When Annabel and Lord Ranulf finally cemented their relationship, it was in perfect timing. I liked the way the romance was not rushed. It was slowly revealed bit by bit and that made the story even more enjoyable. The surprises when it comes to romance in this story is endless.

Lastly, Lord Ranulf doesn't magically change to Mr. Perfect Looks. I don't want to give away too much of the story here, but suffice to say that once a person looks revolting, he is very likely to look the same unless the fairy godmother waves her wand over him.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By CamilleElise on February 3, 2012
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The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

I received a copy of The Merchant's Daughter in exchange for a review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

So let's go back in time. But not just a couple hundred years, like most historical fiction I review. Instead, let's go back much further to medieval times.

Annabel, a beautiful young woman forced into indentured servitude because of family circumstances, has just moved to the abode of Lord Ranulf le Wyse. A terrifying lord, his appearance is quite mangled, especially one arm and he is missing an eye.

Annabel has graciously offered to pay off her family's debt by offering herself up as the indentured servant to Lord le Wyse, but all she can hope for is the day she can enter a nunnery and serve God and read a Bible. But once in the service of Lord le Wyse, she is pressured by the bailiff to marry him. Yet the idea of marrying someone as cruel, vile and mean as the bailiff makes Annabel reel, inside and out. She just cannot imagine a life where she is married.

Then there is Lord le Wyse, whose defiguration lead to a marriage where his wife did not care for him one bit. After suffering through a horrible relationship and much loss, he has come to believe that no one could ever love a man who looks like him.

As Annabel and Lord le Wyse grow closer to one another, will she be able to see through his disfigured and scary appearance to his heart within? And will he be able to open his heart to emotions other than anger and bitterness?

Read The Merchant's Daughter to find out!

This book can accurately be described as a beauty and the beast retelling, set in medieval times with a Christian base.
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