Title: The Merchant's Daughter
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Christian Romance
Series: Romance Fairy Tales, book two
Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The second in a series of clean fairy tale romances, I liked The Merchant's Daughter better than the first book--a lot better, actually. The Christian part of the story didn't take away from anything else.
This book was given to me by the publisher, Zondervan, in exchange for an honest review.
Annabel Chapman wants only one thing--to get through life in her village with her head down. But with lecherous men, a lazy mother and siblings, she is forced to become an indentured servant to Lord Ranulf de Wyse to pay off a debt. But he is grim and moody, and frightening. But as life begins to ease at the manor house, she must choose between her feelings for her lord, and what plans God may have in store for her..
What I enjoyed:
-The pacing--I really couldn't put this book down once I started it
-I liked Annabel a lot--in this, the author really did justice to the original tale, she reminded me a lot of the protagonist in the fairy tale, kind and gentle as can be, but also with visible flaws--I enjoyed that she wasn't too perfect
-de Wyse, the lord whose beastly sensibilities frighten everyone he happens to come near--I really enjoyed the way his issues and flaws shone through, but were improved upon in the end--it made the romance much more relatable
-The way the author addressed serious issues like sexism, in a very subtle way
-The ending--it was very sweet and very satisfying all at once
What could've been better:
-I didn't really like any of the villagers Annabel had to deal with
-It was hard for me to picture the setting of the novel--not much of it was described
-Baliff Tom--he was one of the worst characters in the whole novel for me
-Annabel's family, especially her brothers
Overall, I liked The Merchant's Daughter--a fine retelling of my favorite fairy tale. Next on deck: The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson!