The Merchant's Daughter
Annabel Chapman was once a wealthy merchant’s daughter, but due to her father’s death and the actions of her mother and brothers, Annabel is now an indentured servant to the new lord, Ranulf de Wyse. While the villagers spread rumors the lord is a terrifying and beastly man, Annabel has a much deeper worry—that Ranulf’s bailiff will continue his unwelcome and frightening advances on her, advances that have made her fear the intentions of men as a whole. Annabel sees life at a nunnery as her only escape from the bailiff’s intentions, although as her servant status brings her closer to Ranulf, Annabel begins to feel safe and secure. But are her feelings really a stirring of her heart?
As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she finds herself in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf’s future, and heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the dreams of her mind or the calling God has placed on her heart.