Friday, May 4, 2012

{Review} The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson + Book Trailer

The Merchant's Daughter

by Melanie Dickerson
Publication Date: November 2011
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 288
Source: Paperback from Publisher

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.
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The Merchant’s Daughter gives me something to look forward to in young adult historical fiction novels. I had never been a real fan of the genre until now. In Melanie Dickerson’s writing, I was able to traverse time and space and land in 1352 Glynval, England. Words, actions, morals, and customs created a sense of authenticity within the novel that helped me to better understand the characters and their flaws.

The characters of The Merchant’s Daughter captured my heart from the time they were introduced until the very ending of the story, even afterwards. Annabel was young but strong willed. She ran from gossip and under the new Lord, Ranulf le Wyse, did her very best to repay the debt she and her family accrued. I sympathized with Annabel throughout the story because she, as Lord le Wyse so graciously describes her, was “the most beautiful, virtuous, courageous creature” in the small town and did not deserve to be treated as harshly as she was treated at times. As for Lord le Wyse, he was misunderstood but truly had a soft heart. He was vulnerable and understanding and just as “Annabel’s chest ached for her lord’s fate”, I had a hard time getting over how hateful and judgmental the townspeople were towards him.

Ranulf and Annabel’s falling in love was inevitable. From the first moments of their meeting it seemed as though they were doomed to face each other on opposite sides of the battle line, but time and circumstances brought them close and held them together. Their final confessions of love to one another made the sweetest scene of all the novel; a scene that calls to be read a few times before you can move on to finish the story.

The Merchant’s Daughter is inspired by Beauty and the Beast, and while the novel’s connection to the classic fairy tale is strong, there is more to the story than a retelling of unexpectedly finding love. The Merchant’s Daughter is shadowed by suspicion and mystery as a young girl defines her faith in God and love.

~ Book Trailer ~


1 comment:

  1. I just recently published my review of this novel on my own Blog devoted to Medieval novels which can be visited by clicking on my name.


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