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The Merchant's Daughter This book was very good I recommend it to everyone As i was reading this book, I happened to be learning about this same day and age in history class, and everything in this book lined up perfectly with my history book So well done, Melanie, on your research And once , the author did not fail to keep me spellbound throughout the entire story This is the third one of her books i have read the other two are The Fairest Beauty and The Captive Maiden and while i loved the other two, i notic This book was very good I recommend it to everyone As i was reading this book, I happened to be learning about this same day and age in history class, and everything in this book lined up perfectly with my history book So well done, Melanie, on your research And once , the author did not fail to keep me spellbound throughout the entire story This is the third one of her books i have read the other two are The Fairest Beauty and The Captive Maiden and while i loved the other two, i noticed a few cheesy scenes in each of them But in The Merchant s Daughter, i couldn t find any scenes that i would call cheesy, which therefore made the story all theloveable to me The way Annabel fell in love with Lord Ranulf s inner beauty and not his outward beauty touched my heart and i have to say that i was very emotionally involved in this book i don t usually cry over books especially happy ones The heroine was actually one i really enjoyed and could relate to i usually love the heroes and want to slap the heroines So really, this was a very enjoyable book I highly recommend it especially if you love Fairy Tales, or Belle in particular Negative Content The townspeople are very rude and speak meanly of Lord Ranulf and Annabel Lord Ranulf has some less than peasant paintings in his chambers including pictures of two graves and a skull A man is hit in the head with a rock.See Sexual ContentSexual Content Annabel and Lord Ranulf falling in love.One of Annabel s fellow servants tries to seduce Lord Ranulf A man lusts after Annabel, attempts to kiss her, and tries one night to capture her for his own use.Spiritual Content Annabel desperately wishes for a Bible so that she might read it.Reading of the Holy Word.My Personal Rating Five Stars Recommended for ages 12 Possibly a review later lol 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 Rud 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 This was a sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast I am glad my daughters will have books, such as these, to read when they are older I appreciate the fact that Dickerson isn t afraid of applying such strong biblical themes to her stories I can easily understand why christian, YA girls devour these books up For me, however, it was just an OK read Often, I found myself skim reading through repetitive details just trying to get the plot to advance The ending was lovely though, and the charac This was a sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast I am glad my daughters will have books, such as these, to read when they are older I appreciate the fact that Dickerson isn t afraid of applying such strong biblical themes to her stories I can easily understand why christian, YA girls devour these books up For me, however, it was just an OK read Often, I found myself skim reading through repetitive details just trying to get the plot to advance The ending was lovely though, and the characters made for an enjoyable read I did not realize until I was about two thirds of the way through this book, but The Merchant s Daughter is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast Not only that, it is a Christian, historical retelling of Beauty and the Beast I am a huge fan of historical fiction which is what drew me to the book in the first place but I am also a big fan of retelling of fairy tales and Christian fiction To have all of those elements together in one book made for a great read for me It s been a couple of wee I did not realize until I was about two thirds of the way through this book, but The Merchant s Daughter is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast Not only that, it is a Christian, historical retelling of Beauty and the Beast I am a huge fan of historical fiction which is what drew me to the book in the first place but I am also a big fan of retelling of fairy tales and Christian fiction To have all of those elements together in one book made for a great read for me It s been a couple of weeks since I finished The Merchant s Daughter I was on a huge reading binge and got very behind on my book reviews but I still think back upon the book and sigh in contentment It was such a sweet story, tender without being too mushy One element of Christian fiction that I sometimes have problems with is the Christian element to the story being too forced That was not the case here Annabel s desire to read the Bible and serve God was a natural part of her personality.What I really liked about The Merchant s Daughter was slowly getting to know Ranulf We are first presented with him when he almost runs Annabel down in the street He comes across as a gruff man, even mean What we don t yet realize is that his gruff exterior covers a tender heart, a heart that is still recovering from betrayal and loss Ranulf and Annabel slowly get to know each other, and their relationship grows from there.The story moves slowly, but the detail and character development werethan enough to keep me interested I felt like there was a lotto this story, especially with the added interest of the Christian and historical elements to the story, than other retellings of classic fairy tales I liked it so much that I plan to buy Melanie Dickerson s previous book, The Healer s Apprentice I have to say I enjoyed this bookthan Dickerson s debut novel, The Healer s Apprentice Both stories are marked by a certain fantastic quality but The Merchant s Daughter ishistoric fiction than fairy tale.I loved Dickerson s approach A history fanatic, I was impressed by her decision to set her retelling of Beauty and the Beast in England 1352 Dickerson s attention to detail and the cultural practices of the day made her story fresh, fun and truly unique Impressive to say the lea I have to say I enjoyed this bookthan Dickerson s debut novel, The Healer s Apprentice Both stories are marked by a certain fantastic quality but The Merchant s Daughter ishistoric fiction than fairy tale.I loved Dickerson s approach A history fanatic, I was impressed by her decision to set her retelling of Beauty and the Beast in England 1352 Dickerson s attention to detail and the cultural practices of the day made her story fresh, fun and truly unique Impressive to say the least but Dickerson madethan one twist to the classic tale Annabel, the neglected daughter of a late merchant and an emotionally absent mother is the central figure of the story An outsider in her own family, she longs to join the church I can t say I understand her conviction but I found the exploration of it intriguing and made me realize how lucky I am to live in a time and place where I am not barred from literature by virtue of my sex Annabel herself is an interesting character but inconsistent At the opening of the novel she is determined to prove she is not the lazy inept young woman the villagers take her to be I couldn t help but wonder where this determination came from If she is so strong a personality, what kept her from contributing despite her mother s protests The romance between Annabel and Ranulf was sweet for all that it felt underdeveloped Dickerson s characters bond during their nightly readings of the Bible I respect Dickerson s message but I believe there isto love than shared belief I also think her method may alienatesecular readers and limit their enjoyment of her work The Merchant s Daughter is an unconventional retelling of the beloved classic Recommended to fans of Romeo s Ex Rosaline s Story by Lisa Fiedler and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C Bunce Awesome I loved this book so much Melanie Dickerson seems to always have a way with writing romance novels They always strike me as fresh, beautiful, pure, different, and unique I have not been able to mark one Melanie Dickerson book beneath 4.5 stars Her s lord s own scent of lavender and warm masculinity Warm masculinity You honestly used that I wasn t aware that was a thing.Silly phrasing aside, this was okay I didn t dislike it quite as much as The Healer s Apprentice But I m seeing an annoying trend in this lady s books Perfect main characters that have been wronged in some way, overly Christian main characters, weird creepy dude A stalking the main girl or B trying to take advantage of but then love interest that isn t a loHer s lord s own scent of lavender and warm masculinity Warm masculinity You honestly used that I wasn t aware that was a thing.Silly phrasing aside, this was okay I didn t dislike it quite as much as The Healer s Apprentice But I m seeing an annoying trend in this lady s books Perfect main characters that have been wronged in some way, overly Christian main characters, weird creepy dude A stalking the main girl or B trying to take advantage of but then love interest that isn t a love interest yet saves the girl and she doesn t trust him but he s always good looking and he treats her with kindness and he s gentle and she starts falling for him against all the odds and they can t be together because of reasons and God save me, I m so attracted to him her and then they end up together because true love prevails.Main thought in this one Seriously, Annabel Shoo.And then This doesn t actually affect the rating there was the Catholic priest that was all sexist and all woman are pigs and you can t read the Bible cause you re a woman Am I saying that all members of the Church are perfect and that there weren t priests like that, esp in the Middle Ages Nope But it doesn t give a good message And of course Ranulf is all READ MY BIBLE, PRETTY SERVANT straight after So no, not recommended 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 ca 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 I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I m a big sucker for BeautyBeast books when they re done right, and trust me, some authors have really reworked the classic to become heaps better than the original tale This one, however, is a terrible interpretation of the classic story Firstly I have nothing against religion, but this book goes totally overboard with the preaching in a very heavy handed way that just sucks the life out of the story I COULD have overlooked that if not for the ridiculous portrayals of the characters in I m a big sucker for BeautyBeast books when they re done right, and trust me, some authors have really reworked the classic to become heaps better than the original tale This one, however, is a terrible interpretation of the classic story Firstly I have nothing against religion, but this book goes totally overboard with the preaching in a very heavy handed way that just sucks the life out of the story I COULD have overlooked that if not for the ridiculous portrayals of the characters in the story They re insipid Shallow Boring And worst of all, they aren t strong enough to carry the BB tale forward A BB story has to deal with emotions and motivations that arerealistic than the average fairytale After all, the beast had to do something to become the beast, something not necessarily bad but probably not necessarily good, either, a lot like how we act in real life Why did he do whatever it was How And how has he suffered with the consequences Belle, on the other hand, has the task of falling in love with a beast But how Why I believe that a successful BB story has to build a slow realistic relationship over time, because all these questions have to be answered to get that HEA If you judge by somewhat similar criterion, you ll find just like I did that nothing of the sort really happens The conflict between characters is absurdly cliched and made evenfrustrating by the non existent chemistry that is supposed to develop or even exist between Belle and the Beast The other characters just come off as thrown in for fun They don t further the storyline or add to development in any way, except to facilitateawkward meetings between Belle and the Beast Belle turns out to be a weak, spineless, Mary Sue of nonsensical prettiness and kindness, who just has fits of pessimism and never stands up for herself She s an embarrassment to strong female leads The Beast is no better He never gets past the moody, irrational, and immature stage and even with so much potential for character development because of the emotional reasons behind this behaviorit all fails This, accompanied with odd descriptions of how Belle is some sort of lying temptress inflowery and morally right words just kill the whole character for me I actually felt sorry for Belle How on earth could anyone fall for such a ridiculous ass And then I realized she was doing it anyway, and I wanted to kill everybody, but most of all myself Really, the religious preaching that was interspersed amongst this claptrap was the last straw.I actually think all this happens because the author just doesn t have a way with words Sometimes I think she s got the idea right, but she just describes it in a way that muddles everything and makes it sound ridiculous I don t know.I couldn t finish this book I read till about midway, then gave up and skimmed through it Then I deleted it My advice to you is to go pick something else to read and not waste your time with this Try Robin McKinley s Folktale series It has two rewrites of the BB tale, and they re fantastic Heart s Blood by Juliet Marillier is another favorite of mine You might even try Alex Flinn s Beastly if modern fairytales float your boat Anything, anything but this farce of a book.If I could, I d give negative stars Negative stars, insert appropriate kill me now.gif here


About the Author: Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two time Christy Award finalist, two time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two time winner of the Christian Retailing s Best award, and her book, The Healer s Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers ACFW and Romance Writers of America RWA Melanie earned a bachelors degree in special education of the hearing impaired from The University of Alabama and has worked as a teacher in Georgia, Tennessee, and Ukraine She lives with her husband and two children in Huntsville, Alabama.


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