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The Merchant's Daughter


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ISBN13: 9780310727613
ISBN10: 0310727618
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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 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.

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Crystal_Dark, June 17, 2014 (view all comments by Crystal_Dark)
This interpretation of Beauty and the Beast was well written and did a good job of adapting the story to a historical romance that did not involve fantasy elements. This version takes place in England during the mid 1300's and unlike in most versions the character of Beauty has 2 brothers and a mother instead of 2 sisters and her father. I thought the author did a good job of showing the inner emotions of both Annabel and Lord Ranulf le Wyse.
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Sheila Deeth, March 27, 2013 (view all comments by Sheila Deeth)
Turning fairy tales into parables again, Melanie Dickerson sets the story of Beauty and the Beast in England in the 1300s, creating a fascinatingt Christian romance, the Merchant’s Daughter. Seventeen-year-old Annabel, beautiful, gentle and reserved, finds herself thrust from the quiet refined life of a merchant’s daughter into the rigors of serving the manor’s new lord. Casting aside her former dreams of going to a convent and reading her own copy of the Bible, she has to accept the scorn of fellow-servants for her lack of marketable skills. But Annabel soon finds her reading skills in demand with the somewhat scary, maybe even beastly Lord Ranulf. Injured and mutilated in an accident long ago, he’s a short-tempered master, though his heart, if anyone can find it, seems to be in the right place.
Friends and fellow servants would like to marry Annabel off, perhaps to someone influential in the household. But “their crude idea of love didn’t seem satisfying” and Annabel clings to the financially impossible dream of becoming a nun. Meanwhile Lord Ranulf protects his wounded heart by trying not to fall for her. While builders create the lord’s new home, Annabel imagines the beauties of London’s churches and cathedrals and bemoans the misery of the local church.
Ranulf and his beautiful servant spend long hours together comparing passages from the Bible and quietly teaching each other from God’s word. The lessons are well-chosen and well-told, making this a pleasing Christian parable. The growing romance is sweet, threatened, of course by someone else whose intentions towards Annabel are less than pure. Meanwhile the promise that God does indeed use all things for good is nicely illustrated as the tale unfolds. Some of the historical details seemed unconvincing to me, but perhaps my English Catholic background’s to blame. It’s an enjoyable read with wise lessons to tell, aimed well at the Christian marketplace.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to win an ecopy of this novel in a blog contest.

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Tim Lewis, September 15, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
For a clean, Christian retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, The Merchant’s Daughter does a satisfactory job. There is some violence and attempted rape, but it is not in any way graphic. The romance is palatable, though I am certain I am not really the intended audience. This would probably be more entertaining for a female teen than an adult male. Give this a chance if you are looking for historical fiction with a good message or if you simply like fairy tales and are looking for a different take on a classic.
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