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The Merchant's Daughter (Fairy Tale Romance Series) Paperback – December 4, 2011
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'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. Visit her on line at melaniedickerson.com Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks and Twitter @melanieauthor
Top Customer Reviews
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?
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. I loved Annabel's character from the start. The way she is so brave when Bailiff Tom harasses her is a great element of the book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bookworm21
It was hard to put this book down as emotions continued to change with each chapter. The greatest of all gifts is Love.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of my favorites from Dickerson's fairy tale series. Though none of them are astoundingly great, I thought this book moved along quickly enough to keep me entertained.Published 1 month ago by LFB123
I'm really enjoying this series because it goes further back in time than most of the historical romances. I can't imagine the time it takes to research.Published 1 month ago by M L Stockwell
This book was pretty good and very predictable. I wish it would have strayed more from the beauty and the beast story line but all in all it was nice.Published 3 months ago by Jared & Brandi Teuscher
I loved this Christian viewpoint of "Beauty and the Beast". It's clean, yet passionate and romantic. Five stars!Published 4 months ago by Beach girl 123
This re-telling of Beauty and the Beast in a historical-fiction setting with a lot of Christian themes was a good effort but left me with some mixed feelings. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sunbean72