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The Merchant's Daughter

(Hagenheim #2)

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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 li ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published December 4th 2011 by Zondervan (first published November 15th 2011)
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Elizabeth Dragina I would have to say you could read them as stand alone novels. The characters in other books are mentioned, but they don't talk about them as if you…moreI would have to say you could read them as stand alone novels. The characters in other books are mentioned, but they don't talk about them as if you should know them already! ;)(less)
Sara I think it was because the brothers were raised in a pampered lifestyle, for example their mother lied about the whole family by saying they were too…moreI think it was because the brothers were raised in a pampered lifestyle, for example their mother lied about the whole family by saying they were too sick to work. Also Annabel mentions that they used to have a servant, so the brothers probably became lazy bums.
And a more literary reason is that if the brother's weren't lazy and cruel, Annabel wouldn't have needed to go work for Lord le Wyse in the first place, meaning there wouldn't be a plot. (less)

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Faye, la Patata
SWEET BABY JESUS

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
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Kara
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ca ...more
Alexis Lee
May 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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Laura
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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 charac ...more
Erin
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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 lea
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I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 wee
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Elevetha
" 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 lov
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Elizabeth Dragina
Awesome!

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!
Zoë
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, teens
This book was very good! I recommend it to everyone!
As i was reading this book, I happened to be learning about this same day and age in history class, and everything in this book lined up perfectly with my history book. So well done, Melanie, on your research!
And once more, the author did not fail to keep me spellbound throughout the entire story. This is the third one of her books i have read (the other two are The Fairest Beauty and The Captive Maiden) and while i loved the other two, i notic
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Booknut
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent, magical, haunting and mesmerising tale - a re-telling of a classic fairytale with many twists and turns, with characters that will make you feel happy, scared, sorrowful and mostly awed by the talented way Melanie Dickerson has told the story of a beautiful merchant's daughter whose misfortunes may just be the start of something beautiful.

It has so many life lessons that can be taken away; so much truth, so much human emotion. You feel for the merchant's daughter and her inner str
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Shantelle
An intriguing, medieval fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast from author Melanie Dickerson!
Erica (daydreamer)
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 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 a ...more
Katy
Sep 30, 2011 rated it liked it
If you're in the mood for some good historical (in the lord-servant days) romance for YA, this might be the book for you. The basic storyline is a lot like the classic Beauty and the Beast with just a hint of other fairytales (Annabelle's mom and brothers are almost like Cinderella's wicked stepmother and step-sisters). The pace for the romance is along the timetable and path of Beauty and the Beast.

The story is about the daughter of a wealthy merchant, who dies after misfortunes leave the famil
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Allison
The Merchant’s Daughter is a non-magical retelling of Beauty and the Beast, basically a historical romance set in the 1300s. It is also an ‘inspirational’ romance, meaning it’s the kind of book an evangelical Christian can feel safe reading. I’ve enjoyed some inspirational books in the past because you can be sure of getting the romance without the graphic sex, and the romance is usually more emotional than physical.

It does have its downsides, though, with characters who often go off into an as
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Annabelle
*****FINAL RATING: 4.50 STARS*****

CATCHALL
This was my first read from this author but it certainly will not be my last. The beautiful love story is romantic and everything about the book is absolutely lovely. I burned through it so quickly and I simply could not get enough. Every page left me yearning for more. This gorgeous retelling of Beauty and the Beast is marvelous.

THE HEROINE
Annabel is a beautiful and complex character and I loved her from the start. And I'm not just being biased beca
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Rosanna Threakall
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one just like the previous book in the series.

This was a retelling of Beauty and The Beast with Christian flare.

This series is like a warm hug, perfect when the rain is pouring!

(Read via audible)
Abigail
Is it bad that I finished this entire book in 6 hours?? I forgot how much I LOVE Melanie Dickerson's books!!! RTC in the morning!
Mary-Faith
I. Loved. This. Book.

This is the third book that I've read in the Hagenheim series (reading them out of order because why not) and it is by far my favorite. Yes, this series can be cheesy at times, and that was certainly true for this book as well. But it was just so sweet.

I loved the characters in this book. Annabel and Ranulf's relationship was so cute. (Also, it took me almost 100 pages to make the connection between the names "Annabel" and "Belle." Go figure.) I feel like Beauty and the Be
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Victoria Goodbrand
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OH. AH. *sighhhh*
When I first read this back in late 2017, I thought it was pretty good but definitely my least my favorite Of the series. No way. I just finished rereading with a friend and it made it to one of the Melanie Dickerson books ever.
Annabel is the sweetest, most amazing, and charming person ever. Arghhh, I just love her character SO SO SO MUCH.
Lord Le Wyse. Why didn’t I like you before?? He’s just so SWEET and Heartbreakingly amazing.
As I closed this book, my heart was literally
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E.F.B.
“The Merchant’s Daughter” by Melanie Dickerson is the second book in the Hagenheim series.

Great book! :) It got my attention much sooner than the first book in this series, (though I ended up loving that book too) and I really enjoyed it beginning to end. Such a wonderful, sweet, romantic story, and a very creative retelling of Beauty and the Beast.<3


Full disclosure: I won this book from a giveaway on a blog, but had I not won it, I would have bought it because I wanted to read it anyway.
Hannah Rodriguez
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites-2016
wowowowowowowow. Did I mention beauty and the beats is like my fav disney priness movie and that this was just as amazing? Well the end almost had me in tears when (view spoiler)
Donna
Sadly, this author hovers in the 2 star range for me. This is the third book I've read by her and for future reference, I need to remember NOT to be seduced by her book covers and her titles.

I love Young Adult books. I love fairy tale retellings. I love historical fiction and even Christian fiction. These genres draw me in. So by those accounts, I should have enjoyed this book. As I started this one, I actually felt like this one was going to be a solid 4 stars. I enjoyed the set up. It was a g
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Katie
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

This book kept me burning the midnight oil! After enjoying Melanie Dickerson’s The Healer’s Apprentice, I have been eagerly looking forward to this next fairytale retelling, The Merchant's Daughter. And I was not disappointed! Taking The Beauty and the Beast fairytale(which is my favorite!), Dickerson spins a delightful story set in medieval England. Get ready for an enchanting adventure (though without any magic or spells! ;-)

When Annabel’s family is
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Amber Stokes
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
This engaging historical romance combines elements of some well-loved stories to make it an enjoyable read! Intentional or not, this book brought to mind Jane Eyre (Mr. Rochester and Jane), North & South (the BBC version, as I haven't read the book), and Disney's Beauty and the Beast (I confess to being more familiar with Disney's version than any other adaptation). I could go into detail about the scenes and characters that brought these great romances to mind, but it will be much more fun ...more
Jill Williamson
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For years Annabel’s family shirked their duties and now that Lord Ranulf is moving to town, they must pay for their crimes. Unfortunately, the responsibility falls to Annabel. She must marry the evil bailiff or become Lord Ranulf’s servant. Choosing the lesser of two evils, she packs her bags and begins three years of indentured servitude.

But life with Lord Ranulf is not as horrible as she feared. Though the man has a horrible temper and is scarred and disfigured, he allows Annabel to read from
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Kristina
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what to say...

Full disclosure: First off, this is my first delve into religious fiction and not being particularly religious, I went into it with some trepidations. When I entered the giveaway for this book I didn't realize it was a book deemed "religious fiction," I just thought the synopsis was interesting and I entered. When I did realize what it was, I forged ahead determined to read it and review it to the best of my ability without prejudice since that is the whole reason boo
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Sarah
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley and Zondervan for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I just love retellings, and I love books in this time zone.
After Annabel Chapman's father, a wealthy merchant, dies, her family is left with nothing but debt. Annabel choses to work as a servant to the new lord of her village, Lord Ranulf le Wyse rather than marring the repulsive Bailiff Tom. Annabel has heard tales of the lord as a monstrous beast, while he is scarred terribly
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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
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Rebecca
Seventeen-year-old Annabel Chapman grew up as the daughter of a wealthy merchant in 14th century England. Several years ago, her family’s fortune was lost when her father’s ships sank in a storm. Soon after that, her father died from the pestilence. Since then, her family, who believed themselves better than the other villagers because they were once wealthy, has refused to do their share of the required fieldwork. Until now they have managed to get away with it, but with the death of the absent ...more
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Other books in the series

Hagenheim (10 books)
  • The Healer's Apprentice (Hagenheim, #1)
  • The Fairest Beauty (Hagenheim, #3)
  • The Captive Maiden (Hagenheim, #4)
  • The Princess Spy (Hagenheim, #5)
  • The Golden Braid (Hagenheim, #6)
  • The Silent Songbird (Hagenheim, #7)
  • The Orphan's Wish (Hagenheim, #8)
  • The Warrior Maiden (Hagenheim, #9)
  • The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim #10)
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