THE MERCHANT'S DAUGHTER
A fresh take on Beauty and the Beast. Even though this is a young adult novel, adults will enjoy this as much as teens. The message will resonate with readers of all ages: Beauty is within all of us. Regardless of physical appearance, a person’s true value lies within.
Annabel Chapman would rather be a servant for the beastly Lord Ranulf le Wyse than marry the harsh Bailiff Tom. At first she is scared of the new lord — not because of the way he looks, but because of his gruff manner. But the longer she is in his employ, the more she starts to see what a gentle, kind man he truly is. Lord Ranulf wants to protect Annabel and feels the only way she can be free of Tom and other unwanted attention is by sending her away from him. Will the beauty and beast be able to have a future together? (ZONDERVAN, Dec., 288 pp., $9.99)