The Merchant's Daughter

The Merchant's Daughter

Book - 2011
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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.

Publisher: Grand Rapids : Zondervan, c2011.
ISBN: 9780310727613
0310727618
Characteristics: 284 p.

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readingfairy
Apr 26, 2018

In my opinion The Healer's Apprentice and this was way too similar, but I enjoyed The Merchant's Daughter more. I liked the characters a lot, plus I love the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast. This was an excellent retelling, and better than The Healer's Apprentice.

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nbbooks
Apr 16, 2018

This is definitely not one of my favourite MD books, but it was still very good. It got more exciting in the second half, I think, and was a very satisfactory ending. I think it also would have helped if I read the books in order😊

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pjmbrown96
Jul 15, 2017

Some parts were predictable - then others weren't, and all in all I enjoyed reading this book and seeing the way the author wrote the Beauty and the Beast story!

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Tabaqui
Oct 12, 2016

Too romantic. I would prefer it if there was more Christian fiction that wasn't all about people falling in love. Just not for me.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 27, 2016

In my opinion. this book was definitely worth the read and time. However, I was a bit confused in context to where this book was, in relation to Melanie Dickerson's other medieval fairytale spins. Perhaps there was a reference to another town or village, or to Lord Hamlin, but I did not see it or find it. Regardless, this storyline was great and fun to follow. Readers should be the sorts who enjoy fairytales and folktales, and especially spinoffs of them. Also, they should enjoy the classical adventure and suspense, along with the main element of romance. This book, just for an idea, is about the story of a girl who was once wealthy, and then lost her father and merchants. She then undergoes trials and is sent to work for the new lord of her town. Now, what could possibly happen to her? May those who read on find out soon enough! 4.5/5 - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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HSteinwand
Aug 04, 2016

Very good book!

crystal_dark Jun 17, 2014

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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mcleod007
May 23, 2014

one of my favourites read it in one sitting at fifteen,

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Love_Legolas_111
Jul 10, 2013

Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales. I love this book. The story was so captivating and the characters flowed so naturally it's as if (do I dare say) they were alive. The conflict between Annabel and the other servant girl (I can't remember her name) over Lord Le Wyse helps the plot not to get boring, and I could clearly see the resemblance to the original tale and it helped me to love it even more. I even saw some Disney Beauty and the Beast mixed in, which I loved when I was younger. Beautiful, beautiful book. It's definitely worth the read!

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bs_freiheit94
Aug 29, 2012

Super predictable but still a very good read.

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Firerose14
Feb 01, 2017

Firerose14 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Love_Legolas_111
Feb 27, 2013

Love_Legolas_111 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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bs_freiheit94
Aug 29, 2012

bs_freiheit94 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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HSteinwand
Aug 04, 2016

"Love is greater than justice."

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Love_Legolas_111
Nov 20, 2014

"For us mortals, love is greater than justice."

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Love_Legolas_111
Jul 10, 2013

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.

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mcleod007
May 23, 2014

Sexual Content: Annabel almost gets rapped at one point, and a much older man makes sexual actions and words at her throughout the book-nothing overly obvious-but it could be frightening to a younger child. He never secedes in this

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