Fairytale lovers will be enchanted by Melanie Dickerson’s The Merchant’s Daughter. Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, The Merchant’s Daughter follows Annabel Chapman into the world of hate, fear, and eventually love as she faces a decision that will change her life forever. After her father dies, Annabel is left with a choice either to marry the despicable Bailiff Tom or go and work for the beastly Lord Ranulf le Wyse. She chooses to work for her lord and discovers that underneath the hard scars of his soul lies a kind and tenderhearted man. Through their time together, Lord Ranulf discovers what Annabel truly wants and he is willing to help her reach her dreams, even if it means letting her go.
This book is one in a million! Not only does it have an excellent plot, but it also has amazing characters. Annabel and Lord Ranulf do not see eye to eye at first, but through reading God’s Word they discover the love of their Creator and how astonishing His plan can be.
Annabel, a beautiful young lady, is tossed from her home of luxury when her father dies, also leaving her mother and two older brothers penniless. She is faced with the choice of marrying the man her brother has chosen for her, whom she loathes, or following her heart and working for her new lord. The choice is made: she would rather work as a servant than live the life of luxury in a marriage without love.
First Corinthians 13:13 says, “And these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” God’s plan brings two people together, but love drives them to do things they would not normally do. Through his unspoken love for Annabel, Lord Ranulf chooses to let the only woman he had ever cared about go so that she may fulfill her dreams of becoming a nun. Annabel discovers that her true dream was to read the Bible and be with the only man she had ever loved. But will she follow her dream before it is too late?
This is a can’t-miss story that flips its own pages. Readers will be left with the satisfied feeling they enjoy after watching or reading a favorite fairytale. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but mainly to young adults and women who grew up loving Beauty and the Beast. – Anna Williams, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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.