The Merchant’s Daughter is a book about a compassionate young woman named Annabel and her journey to find true love. Annabel’s family fell on hard times when her father died of the pestilence and his ships were lost at sea.
Annabel does her best to do her share of the work and more, but her mother and brothers can’t seem to realize they must work for a living. Instead, they seem determined to live just like they always have.
For years they shirked doing their share of the work in the old lord’s fields. The old lord’s steward, a dishonest man, let them get away with it year after year, much to the town’s disgust.
Then one day, word comes that the new lord, lord le Wyse, has decided to come and live in Glynval. Maimed in an attempt to save a peasant girl from an attacking wolf, lord le Wyse is said to look absolutely beastly and with a temper to match his looks.
With only one eye, a mangled hand, and a fierce scowl, lord le Wyse is a force to be reckoned with. Everyone uneasily awaits for his arrival, including Annabel and her family.
Lord le Wyse’s newly appointed steward and clerk supervise the hallmote that is to settle the town disputes, as well as to judge Annabel’s family’s case. The jury demands that Annabel’s family must pay their debt or a family member must become a servant in the lord’s house.
Annabel’s family does not have the money to pay off the debt but they are horrified at the thought of one of them becoming a servant.
Then Annabel’s older brother comes up with a plan. Bailiff Tom has offered to pay off their debt if Annabel agrees to marry him.
But Annabel has seen the way Bailiff Tom has looked at her and she is horrified at the idea of marrying him. Despite her family’s pleas and coercion, Annabel refuses to marry Bailiff Tom.
In order to escape the threat of an evil marriage, Annabel chooses to become a servant of lord le Wyse to pay off her family’s debt.
The work in the fields is more grueling than she anticipated. Mistress Eustacia, the head servant of lord le Wyses’s house, decides that she would be more suited to working in the lord’s house.
Annabel works hard but more than once she is frightened by lord le Wyse. With his angry scowl and fiery temper, Annabel is anxious in his presence.
Despite his temper, she can see the true man inside. The man who despite his standing and position would risk his life to save a defenseless maiden……….
His name was Ranulf, lord Ranulf le Wyse actually. He was traveling to one of his manors out in the country. He planned to build his home there.
He hoped he might finally find the peace that had eluded him all these years. Even after all this time the woman’s face still haunted his dreams, his every step that he took he carried the burden of her scorn.
When he arrives at his manor he quickly becomes busy directing the building of his new home and making sure the harvest is brought in and stored. He also has the town disputes to settle.
He is more than a little annoyed to find out that one family has been deliberately shirking their work.
Then, instead of sending the eldest son or someone capable to pay off their debt, they send their youngest daughter. Eventually Mistress Eustacia put her to work in the house.
Will he ever find peace in this town or will the past always haunt him?
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition (December 4, 2011)
Series: Book 2 in the Hagenheim series
Age Range: 14 and up
Media Type: Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook
What to expect: Romance, AdventureN
What I liked about The Merchant’s Daughter:
I like how it is a clean romance story. It doesn’t have the junk that a lot of romance books have.
Melanie Dickerson is a christian author and I like how she includes that in her stories.
She is also a very good writer. When you read her books you want to read more. You want to find out what happens. She makes you care about the people in her story.
The complete list of Melanie Dickerson’s “Hagenheim” series:
Book 1: The Healer’s Apprentice
Book 2: The Merchant’s Daughter
Book 3: The Fairest Beauty
Book 4: The Captive Maiden
Book 5: The Princess Spy
Book 6: The Golden Braid
Book 7: The Silent Songbird
Book 8: The Orphan’s Wish
Book 9: The Warrior Maiden
Book 10: The Pipers Pursuit