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The Merchants Daughter (Hagenheim, #2) [Read] ➱ The Merchants Daughter (Hagenheim, #2) 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 beast 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 rud 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 The Merchants PDF/EPUB or 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.

About the Author: Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson is a New York Times bestselling author, a two time Christy Award finalist, two time Maggie Award winner, Carol Award winner, two time winner of the Christian Retailing's Best award, and her book, The Healer's Apprentice, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers ACFW and Romance Writers of America RWA Mel.

10 thoughts on “The Merchants Daughter (Hagenheim, #2)

  1. Faye, la Patata Faye, la Patata says:


    This was the preachiest thing I've ever read. I mean, I'm Catholic and I like values and insights inspired from the Bible but holy... did this book talk about Jesus and God a lot and how they're the reasons good things come, how they're the ones blessing every good thing that happens, how they're the ones that smite the bad guys and how they're the ones curing diseases etc. etc.

    Every time the MC would read the Bible for her Lord, we'd get paragraphs and pages explaining parables and the lessons learnt, with the occasional God is SOOO good!

    I mean I don't mind that. I'm a spiritual person, and while I don't take the Bible literally word for word, I do appreciate the lessons we can impart from it, but come on, man! There's a fine line between good and unreasonable. It got old quickly and annoying.

    Also, this book pretty much kept on emphasizing the fact that marriage is the most natural thing and that it's the most obvious thing to do. If you're beautiful and kind, you NEED to get married or your looks will have been for naught. Women deserve to be loved and protected and men deserve to be cooked for and have their wants and needs addressed. LIKE WTFFF

    Writing is a bit too young, and there is hardly any build up in some scenes. Transitions are bad too and there are too many POV changes in a chapter.

    Final Verdict: 2.5

    P.S. To be fair though, this was set in 14th century England, a time when religion was closely interrelated with one's lifestyle and it was more of a way of life. Chivalry and stuff, too. At least kudos for being consistent?

  2. Kara Kara says:

    This was my first time reading this author, but it will certainly not be my last. This story pulls you in starting with its cover photo which captures the essence of the book perfectly. Even though The Merchant’s Daughter is a Christian romance there are other themes presented such as discrimination, forgiveness, and honor which are just as powerfully written as the romance. Falling in love requires the main characters to face their personal issues and deal with them before a solid foundation can be created. Dickerson manages to illustrate this process in an accurate manner without slowing the pace of the story.

    Annabel has always lived a secure life with her mom and brothers until their debts catch up with them and Annabel places herself into the care of Lord le Wyse as his indentured servant. Not knowing what to expect and hoping one day to become a nun, she boldly goes into this life to help her family pay off their debts. She immediately catches Wyse’s attention with suspicion and scrutiny, but works hard to prove herself and makes the best of her situation. She carries out her tasks with grace, determination, and wisdom even when things go wrong. As she learns about Lord le Wyse and his past, her fear of him becomes respect and she discovers beauty in him that would seem impossible.

    When I first read the summary I immediately thought of Beauty and the Beast, I was intrigued and eager to read The Merchant’s Daughter. Even though I’ve read lots of good books lately, I can easily say that this one is my favorite. I greatly admired Annabel’s faith and courage; she was determined to do the right thing no matter what the cost. I read through it quickly and was amazed that I was experiencing Lord le Wyse through Annabel’s eyes. If she was afraid of him, I was afraid of him; if she felt safe around him, I felt safe around him, etc. Another precious part of the story for me was the Bible or the Holy Writ as the author describes it. The setting is England in 1352 and Bibles were not available to the public. The way Annabel regards the Bible with such awe and reverence really touched me and helped me see my own Bible in a different way. The author succeeded in making me consider the values of true love and true beauty as God intended them to be. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical Christian romances or if you just loved Beauty and the Beast as I did.

    I want to thank Zondervan and Zondervan’s Z Street Team for the free copy they provided. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  3. Alexis Lee Alexis Lee says:

    I'm a big sucker for Beauty&Beast books when they're done right, and trust me, some authors have really reworked the classic to become heaps better than the original tale. This one, however, is a terrible interpretation of the classic story.
    Firstly: I have nothing against religion, but this book goes totally overboard with the preaching in a very heavy-handed way that just sucks the life out of the story. I COULD have overlooked that if not for the ridiculous portrayals of the characters in the story. They're insipid. Shallow. Boring. And worst of all, they aren't strong enough to carry the B&B tale forward.
    A B&B story has to deal with emotions and motivations that are more realistic than the average fairytale. After all, the beast had to do *something* to become the beast, something not necessarily bad but probably not necessarily good, either, a lot like how we act in real life. Why did he do *whatever it was*? How? And how has he suffered with the consequences? Belle, on the other hand, has the task of falling in love with a beast. But how? Why? I believe that a successful B&B story has to build a slow realistic relationship over time, because all these questions have to be answered to get that HEA.
    If you judge by somewhat similar criterion, you'll find just like I did that nothing of the sort really happens. The conflict between characters is absurdly cliched and made even more frustrating by the non-existent chemistry that is supposed to develop (or even exist) between Belle and the Beast. The other characters just come off as thrown in for fun. They don't further the storyline or add to development in any way, except to facilitate more awkward meetings between Belle and the Beast. Belle turns out to be a weak, spineless, Mary-Sue of nonsensical prettiness and kindness, who just has fits of pessimism and never stands up for herself. She's an embarrassment to strong female leads. The Beast is no better. He never gets past the moody, irrational, and immature stage (and even with so much potential for character development because of the emotional reasons behind this all fails.) This, accompanied with odd descriptions of how Belle is some sort of lying temptress (in more flowery and morally right words...) just kill the whole character for me. I actually felt sorry for Belle. How on earth could anyone fall for such a ridiculous ass? And then I realized she was doing it anyway, and I wanted to kill everybody, but most of all myself. Really, the religious preaching that was interspersed amongst this claptrap was the last straw.
    I actually think all this happens because the author just doesn't have a way with words. Sometimes I think she's got the idea right, but she just describes it in a way that muddles everything and makes it sound ridiculous. I don't know.
    I couldn't finish this book. I read till about midway, then gave up and skimmed through it. Then I deleted it. My advice to you is to go pick something else to read and not waste your time with this. Try Robin McKinley's Folktale series. It has two rewrites of the B&B tale, and they're fantastic. Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier is another favorite of mine. You might even try Alex Flinn's 'Beastly' if modern fairytales float your boat. Anything, anything but this farce of a book.

    If I could, I'd give negative stars. Negative stars, *insert appropriate kill me now .gif here.*

  4. Laura Laura says:

    This was a sweet retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I am glad my daughters will have books, such as these, to read when they are older. I appreciate the fact that Dickerson isn't afraid of applying such strong biblical themes to her stories. I can easily understand why christian, YA girls devour these books up. For me, however, it was just an OK read. Often, I found myself skim reading through repetitive details just trying to get the plot to advance. The ending was lovely though, and the characters made for an enjoyable read.

  5. Elizabeth Dragina Elizabeth Dragina says:


    I loved this book so much! Melanie Dickerson seems to always have a way with writing romance novels! They always strike me as fresh, beautiful, pure, different, and unique! I have not been able to mark one Melanie Dickerson book beneath 4.5 stars!

  6. Elaina Elaina says:

    Possibly a review later ;) lol

  7. Elevetha Elevetha says:

    Her's lord's own scent of lavender and warm masculinity.

    Warm masculinity? You honestly used that? I wasn't aware that was a thing.

    Silly phrasing aside, this was okay. I didn't dislike it quite as much as The Healer's Apprentice .
    But I'm seeing an annoying trend in this lady's books. Perfect main characters that have been wronged in some way, overly Christian main characters, weird creepy dude A) stalking the main girl or B) trying to take advantage of but then love interest that isn't a love interest yet saves the girl and she doesn't trust him but he's always good looking and he treats her with kindness and he's gentle and she starts falling for him against all the odds and they can't be together because of reasons and God save me, I'm so attracted to him/her and then they end up together because true love prevails.

    Main thought in this one:
    Seriously, Annabel. Shoo.

    And then (This doesn't actually affect the rating) there was the Catholic priest that was all sexist and all woman are pigs and you can't read the Bible cause you're a woman! Am I saying that all members of the Church are perfect and that there weren't priests like that, esp in the Middle Ages? Nope. But it doesn't give a good message. And of course Ranulf is all READ MY BIBLE, PRETTY SERVANT straight after.

    So no, not recommended.

  8. Krista Krista says:

    Loved this take on Beauty and the Beast.

  9. Erin Erin says:

    I have to say I enjoyed this book more than Dickerson's debut novel, The Healer's Apprentice. Both stories are marked by a certain fantastic quality but The Merchant's Daughter is more historic fiction than fairy tale.

    I loved Dickerson's approach. A history fanatic, I was impressed by her decision to set her retelling of Beauty and the Beast in England 1352. Dickerson's attention to detail and the cultural practices of the day made her story fresh, fun and truly unique. Impressive to say the least but Dickerson made more than one twist to the classic tale.

    Annabel, the neglected daughter of a late merchant and an emotionally absent mother is the central figure of the story. An outsider in her own family, she longs to join the church. I can't say I understand her conviction but I found the exploration of it intriguing and made me realize how lucky I am to live in a time and place where I am not barred from literature by virtue of my sex.

    Annabel herself is an interesting character but inconsistent. At the opening of the novel she is determined to prove she is not the lazy inept young woman the villagers take her to be. I couldn't help but wonder where this determination came from. If she is so strong a personality, what kept her from contributing despite her mother's protests?

    The romance between Annabel and Ranulf was sweet for all that it felt underdeveloped. Dickerson's characters bond during their nightly readings of the Bible. I respect Dickerson's message but I believe there is more to love than shared belief. I also think her method may alienate more secular readers and limit their enjoyment of her work.

    The Merchant's Daughter is an unconventional retelling of the beloved classic. Recommended to fans of Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story by Lisa Fiedler and A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce.

  10. I& I& says:

    I did not realize until I was about two-thirds of the way through this book, but The Merchant's Daughter is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Not only that, it is a Christian, historical retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I am a huge fan of historical fiction---which is what drew me to the book in the first place---but I am also a big fan of retelling of fairy tales and Christian fiction. To have all of those elements together in one book made for a great read for me!

    It's been a couple of weeks since I finished The Merchant's Daughter (I was on a huge reading binge and got very behind on my book reviews) but I still think back upon the book and sigh in contentment. It was such a sweet story, tender without being too mushy. One element of Christian fiction that I sometimes have problems with is the Christian element to the story being too forced. That was not the case here---Annabel's desire to read the Bible and serve God was a natural part of her personality.

    What I really liked about The Merchant's Daughter was slowly getting to know Ranulf. We are first presented with him when he almost runs Annabel down in the street. He comes across as a gruff man, even mean. What we don't yet realize is that his gruff exterior covers a tender heart, a heart that is still recovering from betrayal and loss. Ranulf and Annabel slowly get to know each other, and their relationship grows from there.

    The story moves slowly, but the detail and character development were more than enough to keep me interested. I felt like there was a lot more to this story, especially with the added interest of the Christian and historical elements to the story, than other retellings of classic fairy tales. I liked it so much that I plan to buy Melanie Dickerson's previous book, The Healer's Apprentice.

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