The Merchant's Daughter (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Merchant's Daughter In author Melanie Dickerson's latest fairy-tale retelling, loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, Annabel Chapman is forced to work as an indentured servant at Lord Ranulf's manor house. The new lord is said to be beastly in appearance and temperament, but Annabel's greater fear is Bailiff Tom, who has made unwelcome advances upon her in the past. As she works closely with Ranulf, Annabel begins t
- Published: 06 December 2011
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780310727613 ISBN 10: 0310727618
- Sales rank: 208,643
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A Christian Beauty and the Beast
I love Beauty and the Beast and this retelling is wonderful. I normally do not like historic fiction, this I did not want to put down.
Set in England during the 1300's, The Merchant's Daughter had a real feel for the time period. The characters were complex and the story never dragged. I liked how the heroine Annabelle was strong and brave but all the while searching to understand God better.
This is one story I would recommend to teens and women alike. It is a clean, Christian romance and I give it 4 stars. by Dani Chapman
Captivating, dramatic and moving
After the death of Annabel's father three years ago, her family didn't have money to pay the censum - to keep them from working like the rest of the villagers. Her family managed to bribe the old lord's steward, shirking their duty. But things were about to change when a new lord came to Glynval. Her family needed to pay an expensive fine or work with the people during harvest time while one of them served Lord le Wyse as a servant. There was one other option: Annabel could marry Bailiff Tom who would pay the family's censum. But for Annabel, that was an option she wasn't willing to consider. She volunteered to be Lord le Wyse's servant instead of marrying the bailiff.
Annabel's character was gentle, kind, compassionate, loyal, understanding and loving. She's the kind of girl who was beautiful inside and out. From being a free woman she became a servant, bound to doing heavy household chores and running errands for her lord. She never complained but instead worked hard to fulfill her duties. As she stayed at the manor, she turned out to be a better servant than the ones who have served Lord le Wyse for a longer time. She really cared about her job and her lord. But staying at the manor meant being close to Bailiff Tom and that made her uneasy and scared.
Ranulf, the new lord, was physically beastly according to the people of Glynval. Worse, he had a temper. But his imperfection and temper were the results of his past. He had melancholy and painful experiences that made him who he was. But deep inside, he was a perfect gentleman who looked out for other people and always came to the rescue - mostly to Annabel's rescue. I've encountered characters in other novels that had a hero complex. Ranulf was not one of them. I liked that he acted out of concern and not for attention. Another thing that I liked about him was his concern for the welfare of his servants. He wanted make sure they were fed, safe and didn't have problems.
Annabel and Ranulf's relationship as servant and lord bloomed into something more. Although it was filled with tension and uneasiness, they've seen past their physical appearance and knew one another in a deeper way through their encounters. The connection between the two was undeniable. Soon tension gave way to understanding, concern and love. I loved how the romance developed between the two: from full-blown awkwardness to sweetness.
The characters in the novel were diverse and realistic. Most of them - the ones who really mattered - were well-developed. I enjoyed reading about them. The plot was interesting and well-thought. Even though I knew how the story of Beauty and the Beast goes, I was never bored with The Merchant's Daughter. The ambiance and culture of Medieval Glynval, England were refreshing. The author gave attention to detail, especially with the parts of the novel related to the judicial system, and I admire her for that.
Captivating, dramatic and moving, The Merchant's Daughter offers a darker, sadder and more romantic version of Beauty and the Beast. I highly recommend this to historical readers, romance readers and retelling fans! by Preciousunder review
The Merchant's Daughter
Thanks to NetGallley and Zondervan for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I just love retellings, and I love books in this time zone.
After Annabel Chapman's father, a wealthy merchant, dies, her family is left with nothing but debt. Annabel choses to work as a servant to the new lord of her village, Lord Ranulf le Wyse rather than marring the repulsive Bailiff Tom. Annabel has heard tales of the lord as a monstrous beast, while he is scarred terribly he couldn't be more "beastly". She begins to respect him; the lord even becomes a haven for Annabel when the bailiff sends unwelcomed advances toward her. While Annabel never intended to marry anyone, she wanted to become a nun, but her family couldn't pay the expenses, she can't help the feeling that start to grow for Lord le Wyse.
I'm not a huge Christian fan, but this book was easy to read even though Annabel reads from the bible every night but I kind of skimmed over those parts. Even though I'm not a fast reader, I read this book within a day. by Sarah