The Merchant's Daughter

The Merchant's Daughter

by Melanie Dickerson
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The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310727613
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 11/29/2011
Series: Fairy Tale Romance Series , #2
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 101,075
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author and a Christy Award winner. Her first book, The Healer’s Apprentice, won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Best First Book in 2010, and The Merchant’s Daughter won the 2012 Carol Award. Melanie spends her time daydreaming, researching the most fascinating historical time periods, and writing stories at her home near Huntsville, Alabama, where she gathers dandelion greens for her two adorable guinea pigs between writing and editing her happily ever afters. Visit her online at; Facebook: MelanieDickersonBooks; Twitter: @MelanieAuthor.

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Merchant's Daughter 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
dianna26 More than 1 year ago
Annabel Chapman has always dreamed of joining a convent and becoming a nun so that she may read and learn of God's word and love. She desires to read the bible and commit herself to God but, only wealthy women may enter the convent and since her father died business went down and her family got in debt. Now instead of entering a convent Annabel must either marry the repulsive Bailiff Tom or enter in an indentured servitude to the new Lord of her village, Lord Ranulf le Wyse. Vowing to never marry Bailiff Tom who has shown horrible intentions toward her, Annabel enters servitude for Lord le Wyse. Despite the fact that the Lord is rumored to be beastly and terrifying Annabel doesn't see him that way and even starts to have feelings for him, but then she finds herself in a difficult situation that endangers both their lives and turns to God for direction. I believed this book would just be just another retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but it was much more than that. This book involved no sorcery or magic so it wasn't as if Lord le Wyse was cursed...I loved that the theme was all based on inner beauty and that is what really matters. The characters were easy to connect with, the plot believable and I absolutely loved that passages from the bible were integrated within the story! I hadn't read any books from Melanie Dickerson before but now I very much look forward to her books. Overall I rate it 5 stars. Many thanks Zondervan Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.
QueenofBlingEC More than 1 year ago
I adored this book! And lovers of historical fiction will adore it as well. It is obvious that Ms. Dickerson committed hours of research to the historical time and setting because the reader is immediately transported to the mid-1300¿s in Glynval, England. Annabel Chapman, the heroine, will capture your heart with her sweet spirit, her quiet beauty and her earnest desire to read through the Holy Scriptures, learning as much as she can. The hero, Lord Ranulf le Wyse will induce sympathy in the reader as he has been wounded physically; however, his emotional wounds are far more damaging. As Annabel and Lord Ranulf grow closer together, they grow spiritually, also, realizing that God truly loves them and wants only the best for them. The Merchant¿s Daughter is captivating and on a scale of 1-10, I give it a 12. This is a book that you will want to add to your 2012 reading list.
Blogger35 More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading this author, but it will certainly not be my last. This story pulls you in starting with its cover photo which captures the essence of the book perfectly. Even though The Merchant's Daughter is a Christian romance there are other themes presented such as discrimination, forgiveness, and honor which are just as powerfully written as the romance. Falling in love requires the main characters to face their personal issues and deal with them before a solid foundation can be created. Dickerson manages to illustrate this process in an accurate manner without slowing the pace of the story. Annabel has always lived a secure life with her mom and brothers until their debts catch up with them and Annabel places herself into the care of Lord le Wyse as his indentured servant. Not knowing what to expect and hoping one day to become a nun, she boldly goes into this life to help her family pay off their debts. She immediately catches Wyse's attention with suspicion and scrutiny, but works hard to prove herself and makes the best of her situation. She carries out her tasks with grace, determination, and wisdom even when things go wrong. As she learns about Lord le Wyse and his past, her fear of him becomes respect and she discovers beauty in him that would seem impossible. When I first read the summary I immediately thought of Beauty and the Beast, I was intrigued and eager to read The Merchant's Daughter. Even though I've read lots of good books lately, I can easily say that this one is my favorite. I greatly admired Annabel's faith and courage; she was determined to do the right thing no matter what the cost. I read through it quickly and was amazed that I was experiencing Lord le Wyse through Annabel's eyes. If she was afraid of him, I was afraid of him; if she felt safe around him, I felt safe around him, etc. Another precious part of the story for me was the Bible or the Holy Writ as the author describes it. The setting is England in 1352 and Bibles were not available to the public. The way Annabel regards the Bible with such awe and reverence really touched me and helped me see my own Bible in a different way. The author succeeded in making me consider the values of true love and true beauty as God intended them to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical Christian romances or if you just loved Beauty and the Beast as I did. I want to thank Zondervan and Zondervan's Z Street Team for the free copy they provided for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beauty and the Beast is quite possibly one of my favorite fairytales (a love that was sparked, I'll admit, by the Disney musical). This novel put a wonderful spin on the "tale as old as time". When Annabel Chapman is stuck dealing with her lazy family's debt, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She accepts the punishment herself: she must serve the new young lord in exchange for her family being able to keep their home. Annabel is ready for the challenge, for though this lord has been called a beast, she needs to escape the disgusting advances of Bailiff Tom, who is convinced that he wants her to be his bride, even though he's older than dirt and has a daughter Annabel's own age! As she comes to know Lord le Wyse, however, she finds herself attracted to him in what may perhaps be an unhealthy way. When she is with him, though, she feels safer than with anyone else. Ranulf le Wyse, however, is constantly tortured by the memory of an unfaithful wife, and of his promise never to love another woman. But then Annabel Chapman worms her way into his life, and eventually his heart. When the villagers rise against the young lord, both Annabel and Ranulf have their faith tested in ways they never expected. After reading The Healer's Apprentice, I was very excited to see more books in this wonderful series. I highly recommend all of them, but this one in particular. The love between Annabel and Ranulf is so sweet and adorable, I was rooting for them to get together from the first moment he helped her on the street. :) The ending was so satisfying, and I can't wait to see where else Ms. Dickerson takes these wonderful characters. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good, clean romance or a fairytale just as magical as the original. I will definitely be reading this again soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am religious and I love this book. Annabel shows what we should do in times of need. She follows her heart and follows God's commands. She prays in her times of need and gives God her issues. This is exactly what the Bible says to do. I loved how Melanie portrayed a God-loving, God-following character. Annabel is what many Christians should act like. I loved this book and ALL of Melanie's book. Another job well done by Melanie Dickerson.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful story set in the 1300's! This was a little predictable but was so well written with interesting events that it was worthy of five stars! The story is of a maiden whose family fell on hard times because of the death and demise of the father and his wealth. Her two lazy sibling brothers refused to work. Her mother convinced herself she was too feeble to work. A man Anabel felt to be despicable and old enough to be her father, sought for her hand in marriage which her elder brother granted against her wishes. In her community, a brother didn't have the power to force a sister to marry. However, her two siblings and her mother felt this was the perfect solution to their problems. When their tax debt came due, Annabel volunteered herself to the new, feared land Lord as an indentured servant to pay for their debts. The events began to unfold. I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and am very grateful to them and the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this and add it to my library. It is cleanly written so great for Young Adult reading as well. I recommend this to all Book Clubs! Great discussion points to it!
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
After reading The Healer's Apprentice, I knew that Melanie Dickerson was an author to watch. There are so few Christian fantasy authors out there, and even fewer whose style of writing I enjoy so much. If anything, I liked The Merchant's Daughter even more than the first. Annabel is a unique heroine. She isn't strong and doesn't stand up for herself, but she has a great sense of honor and loyalty and doesn't complain no matter how difficult things are for her. These traits gain her trust from many, even, very reluctantly, from the bitter Lord Ranulf. What I liked best about her was her sense of wonder at being able to do such a thing as read the Bible. The story is very realistic in the historical sense in that hardly anyone even owned a Bible back then. The romance was slow and sweet as Beauty (Annabel), unintentionally and unaware, captures the heart of the Beast (Lord Ranulf). Ranulf has been burned before (literally and figuratively) and doesn't trust anyone, especially women. That just makes it all the more lovely as he learns that he will do anything for this one, even give her up to keep her safe. Peril, in the form of Bailiff Tom, adds excitement and urgency to the story. First Annabel and then her friends are placed in danger and while she may not be willing to stand up for herself, Annabel would die for her friends. The eloquent writing and well-researched background make this story well-nigh perfect. I am looking forward to Melanie Dickerson's next novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very enjoyable read. Great story line and realy held my interest
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
Set in the Medieval Era, Annabel and Lord Ranulf will steal your heart in this unique story that mirrors the story of Beauty and the Beast. From a nasty "Gaston" to a sweet young boy, and a caring housekeeper...The heart of the story reminds us that it is not our appearance or circumstances that define us...But our heart. If you have read some (or all) of these books, you know that each novel can stand alone. But ultimately, they all intertwine. You can see the Family Tree on Melanie's website. I highly recommend this story and hope you enjoy it as much as I do! I purchased a print copy of The Merchant's Daughter. This review is based on the audio version which I borrowed from my local library. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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Loved it
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
I have finally reached Melanie's The Merchant's Daughter in my TBR pile and all I can say is, why did I wait so long? I will readily admit that Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale of all time, and Melanie did an amazing job with the story. For those hardcore fairy tale fans - the ones who read the original versions by Anderson and the Grimm brothers - you will not be disappointed. Melanie did a fantastic job of sticking to the core elements but fleshing them out into a real life scenario that is just as magical as the fantasy presented to us through the historical renditions. Even though I was very familiar with all the different variations of Beauty and the Beast, I was still wonderfully surprised and held in suspense throughout the story. It is easy to fall in love with kind, sweet Annabell who has her own wounds and broken past.Lord Ranulf le Wyse is an amazing beast who is all at once ferocious and yet gentle. My heart went out to him almost immediately. Spiritual truth wove masterfully and naturally into the story. I found myself transported and looking at the Holy Writ, as Annabell calls it, in a whole new light and with an excitement that I sometimes forget. I highly recommend this book and would sum up this review with The Merchant's Daughter is a fairy tale that reaches down to the soul and brings joy just by reading it. You simply must read this, and heart be still, Melanie has written a whole Fairy Tale Romance series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. Clean, easy and with a great happily ever after ending. I knew how it would end up but not the path it would take to get there. There were times while reading when I really didn't know what would happen next. I would read this author again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great!! I like the fact that there were a lot of bible verses in it. The characters really knew the Word of God. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every thing about this novel felt forced and clumsy. The prose was mediocre, the dialogue stilted, and the characters flat. There are far better ways to spend your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So, I just realized this is the second book in the series. Funny thing is I read the 1st book as well, after I finished this one and didn't even realize it. They are both set in medieval times, but pretty far apart from each other. In this retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I think Melanie does a wonderful job of showing how we can judge people from the outside without getting to know their heart and the dire consequences that can result.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story so much. A must read!!
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Beauty and the beast is my least favorite fairy tale but this was amazing! The romance was beautiful and clean. The detail was amazing! I felt as if i was Annabel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. In fact I couldn't put it down. I would recommend this book highly and would like to read more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*An excellent rendition of beauty and the beast.. The author obviously researched the workings of a medieval village.. recommended..
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My favorite book by Melanie Dickerson is her first, The Healer's Apprentice, but this one is nearly as good. My quiz teammates and I read that one and this one out loud during long car trips. It is nice to take a break from magic in a book once in a while, and this is also written from a Christian perspective. I would recommend this book to anyone twelve and up.