Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson

The Merchant's Daughter is released today, a new book by Melanie Dickerson who previously published The Healer's Apprentice, which retold Sleeping Beauty. The Merchant's Daughter retells Beauty and the Beast, a fan favorite here at SurLaLune.

Book description from the publisher:

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.

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