The Merchant's Daughter
Melanie Dickerson's debut novel, "The Healer's Apprentice," news of her second book release last November had me putting "The Merchant's Daughter" on my MUST READ list.
Yesterday afternoon, with snow piling up outside and no one else at home (for once), I snuggled into my recliner to start Dickerson's latest fairy tale inspired story.
Several hours later... I'd read the whole thing. All in one sitting. That wasn't my plan, of course. I just wanted to start reading it, and then I planned to exercise, and take a shower, and clean my house, and ... yeah. Ever happen to you?
I'm not a fan of preachy inspirational fiction, so for me to say the spiritual arc was my favorite aspect of the story is really saying something. I love Dickerson's ability to weave faith and spirituality and God's word into her plot and characters without resorting to cut-and-paste Scripture quotes or characters whose spiritual awareness is only demonstrated in church attendance or bedtime prayers.
Although the book is "loosely based" on Beauty and the Beast, it isn't a copycat tale. Don't go into it looking for comparisons or you'll miss out on the freshness of Dickerson's story.
"The Merchant's Daughter" is available at:
Barnes & Noble
About the Author: Niki writes fiction, blog posts, articles in the local newspaper, grocery lists, and Facebook status updates. She can be found at her own blog, In Truer Ink, in addition to posting here. She was a 2009 finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love "Touched by Love" contest.