The Merchant’s Daughter– 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 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.
The Healer’s Apprentice-Two Hearts. One Hope. Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill. When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
Who loves a fairytale? I do! I love, love, love a good fairytale so I was more than a little excited to discover that Melanie Dickerson was redoing some of the famous fairytales and I was not disappointed!. This will be a kind of general review. I loved both of these novels and really its a kind of a toss-up as to which one was my favorite, but I will go with The Merchant’s Daughter because Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairytale (dad had to take me to see the Disney version 3 times when it came out and I was only 3). I just really like that the couple has to get to know one another first; that there has to be a solid foundation to the relationship. Of course, by redoing fairytales it’s a little predictable, but to me the only thing that’s predictable is the core of the story and that the guy and girl get together in the end. So great novels and though they are considered YA, neither of these books really feel YA to me. Highly Recommended! And I’m so excited for her verson of Snow White this December.
Anyone else a lover of fairytales? Got a favorite you would love to see redone?