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The Merchant's Daughter

(Hagenheim #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  13,404 ratings  ·  1,375 reviews
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, 288 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 s…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)

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Faye, la Patata

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 parable
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 the
" 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 lo
Elizabeth Dragina

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!
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
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
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, 2015
Loved this take on Beauty and the Beast.
Historical Fiction
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
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
Booknut 101
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
Mar 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Wasn't as good as the first one and pretty slow getting into, but near the end it was pretty good! ...more
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
Andrea Cox
This fairy tale retelling definitely had strong connections to Beauty and the Beast, yet it held its own unique setting and delivery. I was better able to relate to this story that its predecessor. I found Annabel a charming “beauty” and Lord Ranulf a surly “beast.” I enjoyed their romance as well as their journey to find acceptance and fresh beginnings. The plot was well thought out and the twists logical. I now have hope that I’ll enjoy more stories in this series.

The faith thread was a bit co
Tris |Sometimes all you can do is breathe| Prior
Love this series
If you love romance and Christianity and historical fiction and mixed up fairy tales then this is a series for you
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!

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An intriguing, medieval fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast from author Melanie Dickerson!
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! ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
hehe that review was embarassing. idk if I would recommend these anymore tbh.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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
Erica (storybookend)
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
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
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
“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.
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ ✝✝
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
WOW!!!! Why did I wait this long to pick up Melanie!!!
Everything is perfect! The characters, the storyline, God's love, grace, mercy!
No questions asked - Melanie, thumbs up!
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5⭐ Loved it. Only the second Melanie Dickerson book I've read and I'm looking forward to reading more. ...more
*****FINAL RATING: 4.50 STARS*****

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.

Annabel is a beautiful and complex character and I loved her from the start. And I'm not just being biased
Melanie Kilsby
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Annabel captured the heart of what they thought was a beast. And he had captured hers!

*Happy sigh*

Oh so lovely.
She was so-so lovely.
The reading together was so lovely.
Oh! How beautifully Melanie intertwines genuine faith in Christ, the Bible, and a heart for God in her stories. I adore her and her books for that!

But Annabel was a true reminder of Belle and was so sweet and tender. Ranulf - though I don't know how to pronounce his name - was such a good character too! Also, the Head mistress.
4.5 Stars ✨

A different, yet sweet and pure rendition of Beauty and The Beast.
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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 ...more

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  • The Golden Braid (Hagenheim, #6)
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