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Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff-a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past.
Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart. 304 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Fairy Tale Romance
An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulfs bailiffa revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiffs vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulfs future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist. Her first book The Healers Apprentice won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchants Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.
'True, readers will peg the happy ending at the start, but the progression of Annabels honorable love affair will have the rapt attention of Christian-fiction fans.' - Courtney Jones, Booklist Review
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Inspiring Young Adult Fiction!May 18, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When the beautiful merchant's daughter, Annabel Chapman avails herself as an indentured servant to Lord Ranulf le Wyse on behalf of her family's debt, she is attempting escape the unwanted advances of the surly Tom atte Watter, the lord's bailiff. Upon reaching the lord's manor, she discovers that the bailiff is still determined to stalk her in an attempt force himself upon her, only she is rescued on more than one occasion by her handsome, but ill-tempered employer.
Ranulf le Wyse finds himself enchanted by his new employee and in spite of his tortured past continues to seek her company; finding her kind, compassionate, loyal and highly educated. During their evening Bible readings, Ranulf discovers that Annabel's deepest desire is to enter a convent and serve her God for the rest of her days. When an unfortunate accident puts Annabel's life in danger, Ranulf has a decision to make; one that may fulfill her dream, but would separate him from Annabel forever.
Melanie Dickerson has vaulted inspirational young adult fiction to a higher level with this story; Annabel and Ranulf are introduced as two tortured souls who find freedom and strength from a steady inhalation of God's Word, embracing a faith that will inspire young readers for generations to come.
JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Melanie Dickerson has done it again!July 2, 2014JCMorrowsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These books truly are the absolute BEST versions I've ever seen of the classic fairy tales!
Melanie Dickerson brings together the romance of fairy tale and the harsh reality of life - blending them together seamlessly to tell a beautiful tale of Love, Healing and Forgiveness.
You think you know where the story is going and you think you know precisely how it's all going to end up because the stories are following the classic fairy tale we all know_ Right?
Melanie Dickerson has surprising twists and turns all through the book that you will never see coming, all the while still weaving in bits from the original fairy tale. And you will find yourself so entranced with the story, you may not even realize it until later.
"The Merchant's Daughter" once again deals with some hard-core themes. And once again Melanie Dickerson does so with class and diplomacy. There is no sugar coating but the descriptions are done in the best possible taste.
I recommend these books to anyone and everyone! In fact, I plan to introduce them to my daughter, instead of the more traditional fairy tales!
Personally I never understood how such tales became so very popular - especially in a time where magic and witchcraft was so suspect. People from the times described originally in these tales did not delight in magic and sorcery, they hunted down anyone suspected of it and dealt them a quick and harsh death. So why tales filled with such magic would ever have become popular, I have no idea. Unless it was simply the temptation of the forbidden - we humans do seem to have a particular weakness for wanting those things that we cannot have.
Melanie Dickerson has told these stories in such a realistic way - retaining the romance and excitement but adding in truth. And in my opinion, it makes them that much more appealing! I would rather my daughter have realistic fairy tales to grow up with and not ridiculous stories that could not possibly have happened - that I will one day have to tell her are entirely false and quite impossible.
Any woman would greatly enjoy these stories of adventure, love and danger.
And with Melanie Dickerson at the helm, you may know where you'll end up but you can never accuse her of being predictable.
The NerdHerd Reads4 Stars Out Of 5Great retellingFebruary 10, 2014The NerdHerd ReadsThis isn't usually the type of book I read, but I pleasantly enjoyed this one. It can't be called a modern version of Beauty and the Beast since it did happen in, like, the 1300s, but it is a...more modern? retelling? adapted? version of Beauty and the Beast. And yes, that is my weakness. I did try to read The Fairest Beauty, a Snow White story, but couldn't get into it. But then, I've never really cared about Snow White. But give me anything Beauty and the Beast and I'm there. (Also, side note, why aren't there as many Rapunzel stories?)
Annabel was lived a luxurious lifestyle, until her father died. Her mother and brothers, however, still feel entitled. They are not well-liked in the village, due to the fact that they haven't had to work or pay their dues to the lord like the rest of the villagers. But when the old lord is replaced by a new one, he collects on their debt. One of them must work in indentured servitude for three years. And since her brothers are worthless, Annabel is left to do so.
This story was cute, a fun read. This is Christian fiction, but wasn't preachy. Annabel's servant heart and desire to read the Bible are just a natural part of who she is. I loved seeing the relationship blossom between Annabel, and Ranulf. The lord is scarred on the outside, but also on the inside from previous heartache. But once he allowed himself to drop his gruff exterior, he was really a nice guy.
The dramatic part of this--"Annabel is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger"--was drawn out and over-the-top. I felt like there were other, better paths it could have taken. It wasn't bad, or a deal-breaker, just a lot of stupid decisions that I couldn't figure out why they were making.
This was a great book, a breath of fresh air in the world of Christian fiction. If you're a Beauty and the Beast fanatic like I am, then I would recommend it. Or if you're looking for something different in the Christian genre, then I would definitely recommend this.
Diane ManuMozambiqueAge: Under 18Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5In love!January 3, 2013Diane ManuMozambiqueAge: Under 18Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Merchant's Daughter is probably one of the sweetest, purest, and most wonderful books I have read in my life. Even though it is a little bit predictable, the author throws in new surprises and twists. Even though you know what is going to happen, it is the journey there that makes it all the most exciting. A wonderful tale of unconditional love, trust in God, and the healing of wounds. I finished it in one day!
bzzybeeRiverside, CAAge: 25-344 Stars Out Of 5A pretty good readJuly 23, 2012bzzybeeRiverside, CAAge: 25-34Quality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This story reads like a Disney movie gone Christian. If you like the fairytale plot you'll appreciate this book. Fairy tales are not my favorite, but I can stay with a story that's well written and consistent. This plot in this book is very consistent and flows at a decent pace to the conclusion. However, I would have liked to see more character development and description. I found myself confused at times about the scenery and had trouble imagining the environment. I also found the characters a bit shallow, either mewing at 2 decibels or shouting at 10. I kept waiting for explanations about who the characters were and how they came to be, but the personalities and behaviors were never fully explored or explained. I also found them at times to be paradoxical. With that said, I did enjoy the growth that each character seemed to make and found that I could not predict form scene what was happening. I thought it was a decent read.