Friday, September 19, 2014

"The Merchant's Daughter" by Melanie Dickerson

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 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.”

Series: It will be connected to Melanie Dickerson’s other books when the new book “The Princess Spy” comes out in November. “The Merchant’s Daughter” is considered #2 in this series. “The Healer’s Apprentice”(#1, review Here!), “The Fairest Beauty”(#3), “The Captive Maiden”(#4); should be read in this order for the least amount of spoilers. 

Spiritual Content- Annabel’s dearest wish was to enter a convent so she could read a Bible & to know all that God had spoken; Mass going (very detailed, but the village priest is rude to Annabel (see what he believes in Sexual Content); Hymns are song; Lots of Bible reading and Many Prayers; “Holy saints above” and “Sweet saints above” are both said.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a form of ‘idiot’, a ‘witch’, a ‘stupid’, and five curses are said but not written; Mentions of dead animals for food; Bullying (a mention of it, barely-above-not-detailed); Ale is drank (and for some, drunk); Mentions of arrows & where they laid; Ranulf has bad nightmares (pretty detailed); Blood (highest being a barely-above-not-detailed); Almost dead & dead people; A knife; People talk mean about another.

Sexual Content- a ‘wrentch’; A not-detailed kiss, Three semi-detailed kisses, and a detailed kiss; Almost kisses & touches; Mentions of how Bailiff Tom looks at Annabel (he kisses her once (semi-detailed), tries to hurt her and later Annabel wonders what would have happen if nobody showed up to save her; later and almost attack (she’s saved)); Annabel tells of the village priest who makes “it sound as if women were fiend of h*ll, luring men into adultery.” And he says “Woman is the gate of h*ll.”; Servants hoot, cackle & talk about guys (one goes as far as saying about keeping your husband warn at night); A girl says a man forced himself on her (he did not, she’s a big liar and has a crush on him); “other privileges of marriage” is mentioned; Love, falling in love & the emotions.

-Annabel Chapman
-Lord Ranulf le Wyse
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1352 {Medieval}
                                                        268 pages

Pre Teens-

New Teens- 
(and a half)

Early High School Teens- 

Older High School Teens-

My personal Rating- 

This was a cute story—in the D*sney ‘Beauty & the Beast’, Belle loved to read (she always had a book in her hands!) (Ohmygoodness! Typing this up I just realized that Bailiff Tom is that jerk! :O ) My favorite part of the D*sney’s ‘Beauty & the Beast’ is (of course!) the library and how happy Belle was! In “The Merchant’s Daughter”, all Annabel wanted was one book—The Bible! Her craving to read the Bible was truly inspiring, making this my favorite Melanie Dickerson book yet.

See y'all on Monday!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.


  1. Thanks for mentioning all the negative,
    etc. content. I probably won't read it. :/ Have you read any more of her books (besides the first)? Here's my review of The Captive Maiden, if you'd like: What's your favorite book genre?

    1. Hi Sofia Marie!
      Yes, I have read all four of her published works and own (but haven't read yet) her new book. Out of those four this one was my favorite. :) Nice review! :) I really like historical but read many, many different genres. :)
      Thank you for commenting!
      Owner of BFCG

    2. I really like contemporary YA. Books like Nancy Rue writes. Btw, she's awesome. Have you read anything of hers?

    3. I own a few by her but haven't read them yet! Hopefully soon! :)
      Owner of BFCG

    4. Most of her book are pretty awesome. :) I've read a number, but there's still a lot that I haven't. She's written SO many books. :)