Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Book Review: The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

****--4 Stars.
November 2011, 288 pages.

Description (from amazon):
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. 

My Review:
Annabel's family hasn't done their share of the work in the village and they are demanded to pay back the three years they've neglected. Since her father has died and they have no money, she goes to work, as an indentured servant for the "beast." Her dream is to become a nun, but there are many men who want her attentions.

Set in the medieval ages, this story has a Beauty and the Beast feel to it, but with a Christian twist. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favorite fairy tales. 

I really liked Annabel. She knew what she wanted in life and worked hard to get it, yet was so kind to those around her. She definitely didn't use people, like some of the girls around her did. She is definitely someone to look up to.

Content: a man tries to attack a girl, otherwise clean.

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