Author: Melanie Dickerson
Genre: Young Adult/Christian/Fiction/Fairy Tale
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.
Positive Elements: Annabel is a gentle, selfless girl whose highest desire is to know the word of God. Lord Ranulf shows gruff kindness and is clearly a noble person who risks his life for others. Themes of love, kindness, goodness, virtue, patience, gentleness, purity, and Christian thought run rampant (that’s a good thing ;) through the book.
Negative Elements: A few of the servant girls lust after Ranulf. The Bailiff lusts after Annabel and tries to catch her alone several times; one resulting in a knock on the head that sends him into a coma. Annabel’s family display characteristics of selfishness, cruelty, and laziness. A woman whom we never meet was unfaithful to her husband.
What I Thought: I loved “The Healer’s Apprentice,” also by Melanie Dickerson, and was not at all disappointed in this book. It is not a sequel, but both are in the same vein of fiction (historical retellings of fairytales with Christian – and Catholic – themes). It is well-written and I grew attached to the characters. It isn’t a ‘great book’ with amazing plot twists and stunning style, but I truly enjoyed it and will read it again.
4 out of 5 stars
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