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Series: Hagenheim #2
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Also in this series: The Healer's Apprentice, , The Golden Braid
Also by this author: The Healer's Apprentice, , Fairy Tale Romance Collection, The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, The Princess Spy
Genres: Christian Historical Fiction, Fairy Tale Retelling
Published by Zondervan on December 4th 2011
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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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Melanie Dickerson, the Award-Winning author of
“The Healer’s Apprentice,” returns with another inspiring retelling of a classic fairy tale
Following the success of her multiple award-winning debut novel, The Healer’s Apprentice, Melanie Dickerson revisits the alluring fairy tale world with an eagerly anticipated follow-up, THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER (Zondervan; December 2011; $9.99).
Inspired by “The Beauty and the Beast,” THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER follows Annabel Chapman, the daughter of a once-wealthy merchant, whose fate changes when her family goes into debt and she is forced into the role of servant for the beastly Lord Ranulf le Wyse.
Dickerson’s long-awaited second book blends the romance of The Healer’s Apprentice with the fantasy of the classic “Beauty and the Beast” tale. THE MERCHANT’S DAUGHTER is a must-read for teens and young adults interested in fascinating love stories and historical fiction.
Combine Jane Eyre with a bit of Beauty and the Beast and you might have found yourself in The Merchant’s Daughter. Earlier this year I found myself reading Melanie Dickerson’s debut being a mixture of Tristan and Isolde with Sleeping Beauty in The Healer’s Apprentice. I was very delighted to learn that this fall she had something new in The Merchant’s Daughter. Again I have the same qualm as before in that… my first and only qualm is that this book is listed as young adult. I don’t agree with that, it’s not a teen novel. It is shorter than my normal read, but it is definitely one for girls of marriageable age and boy is it an adventure. … but then perhaps I just do not understand the genre behind “young adult” as I thought I did.
In a way, there is even a bit of Cinderella here. Not in the plot line perhaps, but in the personality of Annabel. There is not magic in the sense of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, he doesn’t suddenly float in the air and become beautiful. In a sense, it’s always there, just marred and hidden until an unexpected (to him) healing can occur. Yet… isn’t that what the entire book is about? You read it, and tell me. 🙂
PRAISE FOR The Healer’s Apprentice:
“Fans of fairy tales will enjoy this story.”-School Library Journal
“Female readers should savor this romantic fare.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Captivating.”-Young Adult Books Central
“It well satisfies the desire for sweet romance in all of us.”-Romantic Times
“This is definitely a book to be read by anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a touch of romance or romantic fiction with a touch of history.”-Examiner.com
“The Healer’s Apprentice contains true-to-life situations, detailed historical accuracy and a love story so captivating that you can almost see the gallant knight coming to the rescue of his fair maiden.”-Suite 101
“Gripping story, full of twists and turns.”-Christian Book Previews
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