Tuesday, December 13

The Merchant's Daughter: Book Review

by Melanie Dickerson
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 a comment that labeled this as a virtuous romance.  They nailed it right on the head.  By removing all the angsty lusty stuff I was able to open up and truly trust my imagination into the authors hands.  Doing so allowed me to really get into the feelings of the characters and made the experience all the more enjoyable.  It was a great read.  I also liked how the author gave us an opportunity to experience what life was like back in that age.  The superstitions, grudges, revenge, bitterness, cruelty, religion, law, and so much more were explored.  I loved watching the transition in Annabell and Ranulf.  How they came into the picture wounded and found ways to heal even in the midst of great turmoil. Thank you for refreshing my mind.  Such a delight!

If you have ever read and liked Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers or The Princess by Lori Wick you will enjoy this book.