The Merchant’s Daughter gave me the same feeling as did The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie’s stories of love and Christianity are beautiful in their simThe Merchant’s Daughter gave me the same feeling as did The Healer's Apprentice. Melanie’s stories of love and Christianity are beautiful in their simplicity that manages to sing out with perfect love. Love of Christ that urges the characters to strive to live and better their lives and help others, and the love between the two main characters that make me smile and sigh and ache for them to be together, to love completely with no hindrances. I realize this book, as a Christian story, will not appeal to many readers, but as a Christian myself, I delight in stories like these. That are full of soul and love and are clean.
I’ll admit I didn’t read this book for the outstanding plot, or the brilliant execution thereof. The plot is a little weak, some of it I didn’t quite care for, some scenes could have been elongated, shown more emotion, or just dismissed. But it was the characters that livened up the story, that gave me the desire to read to the end and see their happily ever after. And the romance. I love a good love story, and this one was beautiful, so sweet and romantic and fun. It had me smiling, and had my heart aching for Ranulf and Annabel and for their blooming love that had a hard time fully manifesting.
This tale is based on Beauty and the Beast, and reminded me slightly of Heart's Blood, (which is an incredibly brilliant novel that you should read.) Fairytale’s are one of my favorite kinds of stories, and this rendition was most beautiful. Ranulf made a great beast, scarred and misshapen with a sad past and a cold, angry demeanor. Annabel was a strong heroine who was sweet, shy at times, but not afraid to love that which most people fear.
The ending was a little rushed. It certainly could have used more substance (even so, it still had my heart dancing at their romance). But all in all a beautiful end to a wonderful book. I believe anything Melanie writes, I will wholeheartedly love.
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I loved this book :) It was a sweet romance Christian story. And actually quite inspiring. I’ve only read a few of these Love Inspired Historical bookI loved this book :) It was a sweet romance Christian story. And actually quite inspiring. I’ve only read a few of these Love Inspired Historical books, and of them, I think this one speaks the most about God, and has the most powerful transformation that, honestly, brought a couple tears to my eyes. It was very nicely handled with heartfelt emotion. I could understand J.T.’s unwillingness to let God into his life, but then seeing his changing heart, his growing understanding and realization of God’s love, and what J.T.’s love for Mary really means to him, just made me smile with love and endearment. All of the characters were just so real, and what they did and thought made sense, and the development of them was done wonderfully. Mary was such a strong woman. J.T. had hurt her, and she was so determined to never let him have her heart again, but as she began to see this changed man, she began to have hope. The love story was beautiful, but it wasn’t without its hardness and regrets and pain. And Mary’s little brother Gus also became endearing to me, with his stutter, but then watching him overcome his embarrassment and finding courage. The end left me smiling and with a feeling of contentment. If you’re in need of a light, yet heartfelt Christian romance story, I highly recommend this book. ...more
Why do you think I thought of Quintus? Who better to protect a woman than the man who can’t keep his eyes of her?
Quintus is a gladiator. Stripped of hWhy do you think I thought of Quintus? Who better to protect a woman than the man who can’t keep his eyes of her?
Quintus is a gladiator. Stripped of his social status, his wealth, his life, he is forced to fight brutally for his life, because of his new belief in Christ, which he holds to strong, never faltering. While training for the gladiator ring, he catches the eye of the beautiful, well sought after Lady Adiona Leonia. Tall, dark, and handsome, she’s breathless when she watches him fight, fearful that this could be the day he died. And he can’t stop thinking about her either. But he tries to deny his feelings, he could never have her because of his new lowered status. Trying to make himself believe this, and not even knowing the lady, he tells a former gladiator what he really thinks about her, but knowing that he can’t know this for sure. Adiona hears him saying those rude things, and is hurt deeply. But she refuses to let it show. One night she is attacked, and she and her friends realizes someone is trying to kill her. Quintus is appointed her bodyguard as she travels to see a dying friend. They set off on their journey, both trying to squelch their feelings, both thinking the other could never possibly want them, but then finding out hidden things about each other that bring them to new light, and makes their budding love grow.
I loved Quintus' and Adiona's banter. It made their relationship so real and endearing. But I especially loved the parts when they let their guard down, and they shared little tender moments, a touch of the face, a link of her arm threw his, that made their hearts race, and wonder if the other could feel something more for them than contempt. I couldn’t stop smiling through the whole book. And several times I was laughing at the characters, at the sometimes awkward moments between Quintus and Adiona. And it takes them a time to realize they do love each other. I loved this bit of wisdom given to Adiona from her friend, When two people are in love they're often the last to know. So true, isn't it!
The ending surprised me. Not quite close to the end, they thought they had found the true attempted killer, and Adiona felt safe, especially when Quintus was with her. But then Capshaw threw a twist at us. Someone was almost lost, but their ardor for each other was shown, and they knew that they will always love each other, no matter what happens.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet, endearing, Christian love story. The religion was handled nicely, the dialogue was amusing and real, and the plot well thought out. I think I’m going to have to read more of these Love Inspired Historical books :) ...more