Zondervan - November 29, 2011
About the book:
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.
I read The Healer's Apprentice earlier this year and I loved that book so much I was anxiously awaiting The Merchant's Daughter! It did not disappoint me at all!
The Merchant's Daughter is loosely based on the Disney story Beauty and the Beast, and I personally thought it was a beautiful, sweet novel that was very enjoyable to read.
The characters of Annabel and Ranulf were endearing and many of the things that happened to them were sad - like Annabel's family doesn't seem to care about her, just themselves. Ranulf's been hurt by his late wife and doesn't think any woman can love him because of his scars.
There are so many things about The Merchant's Daughter that I loved: the characters, the story, how the book was clean and I didn't find anything offensive.
Even though this is YA, I think adults will enjoy The Merchant's Daughter as well. It is a great read that I completely recommend!
*I received a complimentary copy of The Merchant's Daughter to review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done.*