Thursday, March 15, 2012
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.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book. Was it a Beauty and the Beast retelling? A Historical Romance? or what? But it kind of a little bit of all of the above. It's not a Beauty and the Beast retelling in the classic way, no magic or curses. But of the damaged man, young beauty type. It's a nice story with a strong focus on God and beliefs. It was good but really didn't stand out of the crowd and the characters need a little more depth. But if you enjoy books about God and love stories this might be your cup of tea.
I recived this book through the Goodreads Firstreads program.