The Merchant's DaughterBook - 2011
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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Annbel's family lives on the brink of poverty. It wasn't always this way, and even now it shouldn't be this way. All Annabel and her family, including her mother and two older brothers, have to do is work their share amount of time in the fields each year. But Annabel's mother and brothers refuse because they were once related to a wealthy merchant. To solve their problems without working, Annabel's brother arranges for her to be married off to a wealthy but extremely vulgar and gross baliff with no honor or respect for women. To escape her fate, Annabel goes to work as a servant for Lord Le Wyse, the mysterious and scarred overseer of her province. He is kind if at times moody and even lets her read from his Bible-a rare privilege in 1352 England. He even considers fulfilling her dream and sending her to a nunnery. But when a crisis strikes and Annabel is confronted, she finds love in the most amazing way. A fantastic tale of looking beyond a person's face and instead at what's on the inside.