4 out of 5
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 know this is labeled as a YA novel, but I loved The Merchant's Daughter and I am far past teenage years.
It was hard to put down because I wanted to find out what happened to Annabel. This is a well done romance novel set in the 14th century. Melanie Dickerson did a great job!
Recommendation: I definitely also recommend Melanie’s latest release—The Fairest Beauty. I really enjoyed it. Read my review here.