An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice.
I was super excited about receiving an Advanced Reading Copy of this book because I loved, loved, loved Dickerson’s The Healer’s Apprentice. My favorite genres are historical, fantasy, and romance. This author beautifully blends all three and adds a dash of… fairy tale.
What could get better than that?
The Healer’s Apprentice gives a whole new meaning to the fairy-tale of Sleeping Beauty and her latest release, coming just in time for Christmas this year, features a twist on my favorite fairy-tale of all time, Beauty and the Beast!
The Merchant’s Daughter is a faithful portrayal of life in a medieval village and contains a balance between historical accuracy and the Disney rendition. Historical lovers will enjoy the glimpse into the fourteenth century and Christian readers will rejoice over the fact that the Beast learns the meaning of true beauty in an un-cliche way.
There’s not much I can complain about with The Merchant’s Daughter.
Except for the fact that it ended.
I thought the faith element was woven in expertly, though a bit heavily. Also, the ending might have been a little rushed, in my opinion – but this can chalked up to I didn’t want to say goodbye to Annabel and Ranulf just yet.
An entertaining story that is sure to get you thinking…
The Merchant’s Daughter transcends the traditional and offers a grown-up version of Beauty and the Beast for those of us who fell in love with the movie at age five.
Simple storytelling and a lovely plotline combine to form a classic I’ll be keeping on my bookshelf and re-reading.
About the Author
Melanie Dickerson is the author of The Healer’s Apprentice, a Christy Award finalist and winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award for Best First Book. Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Alabama and has been a teacher and a missionary. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Alabama.
- Read my review of The Fairest Beauty.
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