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The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson
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Oct 25, 2011

really liked it
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Read from October 25 to 28, 2011

***E-Edition Provided by NETGALLEY***

A timeless, faith-based take on a classic fairy-tale. The story takes us to the end of the thirteenth century. To Annabel, who was once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is now struggling with her mother and two brothers to survive after her father's passing. When Annabel's family skips out on their duties as townsfolk, Annabel is the one who consequently has to pay the price to the new King, Lord Ranulf. It is ruled that Annabel must spend three years as a servant to Lord Ranulf, who is rumored to be mean and monstrous looking. Almost Beastly in appearance. As she has done all her life, Annabel does not take her Master at face value. Rather she sees the beauty in his heart that he tries so well to hide, and with a little coaxing and a lot of prayer, both Annabel and Ranulf are rewarded with something neither of them expected; Love.

Having never before read any version of 'Beauty and the Beast', I went into this book with an open mind. I think that may have helped me love this re-telling so much. Author Melanie Dickerson writes in a way that you feel transported back in time with the proper customs used by the characters as they address each other. Now, because this version was faith-based, I think the way that Annabel and Ranulf used the Bible as a guidance related to the story perfectly and didn't seem too 'pushy'.

A very well written story that makes for a great read.
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10/25/2011
1.0% "Said to be a re-telling of 'Beauty and the Beast.'"
10/25/2011
18.0% "Was the 'Beast' divorced in the Disney version? I haven't watched it in nearly twenty years."
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Its a Mystery I don't think the beast was divorced in the movie. I think he was just incapable of loving.


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