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Though once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest," her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame or love?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441265371
ISBN-13: 9781441265371
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Series: Valiant Hearts

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Where Legend and History Collide,
One Young Woman Will Fight for the Innocent

Born a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father's failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village--a group that becomes known as "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest." Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he's forced to reexamine everything he's known.

"Sleiman launches an action-packed, historical series of adventure and romance, starring a strong, intelligent female Robin Hood who lives up to the famous outlaw's reputation. This fun read makes a great adult-YA crossover for Robin Hood fans who enjoy a twist to a classic tale." -Library Journal, starred review

Author Bio

Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at www.dinasleiman.com.

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  1. NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful take on a Miss Robin Hood...
    August 12, 2015
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    What a delightful take on a female Robin Hood! I liked having such a strong, capable, intelligent yet compassionate young lady as the main character. This story of survival was well written giving each character a unique set of talents. I really enjoyed the mix of legend, action, suspense and the set in medieval times. Young, older and in between will enjoy this story of Lady Merry Ellison!

    I was gifted a copy from The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) for my honest opinion which I have given.
  2. Grand Junction, CO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    discouraging juvenile fiction
    August 3, 2015
    Kayla
    Grand Junction, CO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    From the moment I laid eyes on the gorgeous cover of this series starter, "Dauntless," I was eager to read. I have always been enthralled by the legend of Robin Hood and the idea of a feminine spin off seemed promising. However, I was very disappointed with this book, perhaps mostly because my hopes were so high and my expectations so unmet. I was intrigued from the book's description, and was hopeful that my younger sisters would enjoy reading this book. After reading however, I would not recommend this book to anyone of any age group. The story was incredibly slow, and I struggled getting through the book.

    First off, I had a very difficult time connecting to the main characters. From the start it is evident, the author, Dina Sleiman, did her research and tried very hard to put the reader in a 13th century setting. However, the dialogue and thoughts of the characters, in my opinion, did not match the setting. The main characters are said to be between 16-17 years old, and in 13th century, the main characters would be considered adults, not teens as in today's society. I recognize that the author wrote this to be young adult/juvenile fiction, meant to relate to teens. She kept the speech and mannerisms of the main characters to match what teens in today's world would understand. This created a huge barrier for me. Historically it did not match. I could only picture my little sisters, since they are the same age as the characters, and I kept thinking, "These are just kids, put in very adult situations." There were many scenes in the story that I was uncomfortable reading, and would not want my sisters (ages 15-17) reading.

    The romance throughout the story, I feel, was too mature for teenagers to be reading. Our youth in today's society are already bombarded with worldly teaching in regards to romance. In books deemed "Christian" fiction there should be a higher standard to educate, inspire and challenge readers, regardless of age. I am not saying that the romance should have been eliminated, but I do think there was a great opportunity to teach purity and what a godly romance could look like to young readers and that opportunity was greatly missed. Never should biblical teaching be compromised to simply attract more readers, no matter the age group. The author already had my attention before I even read the first word, her synopsis was so enticing from the start. A great chance to educate youth on love and living out their faith was missed in the telling of this story.

    To conclude, it is my opinion that this book was a disappointment in biblical content, historical continuity and fluid craftsmanship of storytelling. I likely will not read the rest of this series, nor will I recommend my sisters to read this book.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
  3. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Written in the vein of Robin Hood, The Black Arrow, & Kidnapped
    July 26, 2015
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    Dauntless

    Valiant Hearts 1

    By Dina L. Sleiman

    Lady Merry Ellison is no more. Her father's attempt to dethrone King John failed - ending in the slaughter of her family and most of those living in the village that her father ruled. But Merry along with most of the children survived and Merry is determined to protect these young innocents no matter the cost.

    But Merry and her young "band" must remain hidden because if word reached King John that the children of Ellsworth and the Baron's own daughter had escaped the slaughter they would be hunted down. But to survive they need to borrow and steal upon occasion, earning them notoriety as The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.

    But when Merry is spotted by the young man to whom she had been promised as a bride, life becomes suddenly much more complicated. Timothy Grey believing she's been held a prisoner is determined to save the young woman he thought dead these past two years.

    Timothy is determined that Merry shall be safe, but the King's anger has yet to abate and Merry knows that Timothy's loyalty lies with the King. But when the heart is involved where does loyalty truly lie? This is the question that Timothy and Merry must work through if they are to have a future - whether together or separately.

    Though marketed for the Juvenile / Young Adult market anyone who loves well-written historical fiction will enjoy this the first book in the Valiant Hearts series. If you enjoy Robin Hood give Merry Ellison and her band of ghosts chance to join your shelves, you'll enjoy the trip to 13th century England.

    I was provided a copy this book by the publisher Bethany House through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Plot but not for me
    June 15, 2015
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    Hiding in the shadows of the forest, a group of thieves known as the ghosts steal from the king to help stay safe and fed in the forest. Merry Ellison used to be a Lady of high esteem until the day her father decided to go against the King's rules. Now she must protect all the children she is now in charge of. Timothy Grey is a man of the King, but in his heart he still misses the one girl he truly loved.

    I was really looking forward to reading this book. I just wish I had enjoyed it more. I enjoyed the setting and the plot but for whatever reason I just couldn't seem to get into it. I enjoyed the character of Merry. I felt drawn to her strong protective nature. I enjoyed Dina's writing style, but just couldn't enjoy the book. I would like to read more by Dina to see if it may have just been this particular book. I will be trying again.

    I received this book through the Book Club Network review program in exchange for my honest review. A positive review was not required.
  5. Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dauntless
    June 11, 2015
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman entertains in a story of legend and history. A barons daughter, Lady Merry Ellison, has to make a new life for herself after her family is killed. Her fathers assassination attempt on the kings life failed, and her family paid with their lives and fortune. Merrys escape leaves her with nothing, and she has to use her wits and her skills to survive. It would have been easier for her had she not felt a burden for the orphaned village children whom she vows to protect and instruct. With only fleeting thoughts of regret over her childhood friend, Timothy Grey, the ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, she accepts her fate and willingly cares for the children. In another existence she and Timothy had felt an attraction that might have evolved into a lifetime of commitment but now her life is following a different direction. After her familys death she has denied the existence of God.

    With no means of support or sustenance, Merry and her little band have resorted to a bit of thievery to exist. They use their hunting prowess to provide some food, but the rest has to be gleaned from their skill at stealing. These infrequent forays to acquire necessities have gained them the reputation of The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest and that has brought unwanted focus upon them.

    Timothy Grey longs for a position and title and has gained employ as an assistant to the local earl. Unfortunately for him, he is handed the task of finding and eliminating these ghosts who are eluding the kings men. Naturally, his path crosses with that of former childhood friend, Merry, and her band of young people. The two are forced to face their past, their attraction to each other, and their values. Neither Merry nor Timothy realizes that they share a common enemy who seeks to destroy all of them because of his unfortunate life circumstances.

    The author includes a Historical Notes section in which she explains the history of the time, the liberties that she has taken with history, and the plausible events that she has supplied. This is a very enjoyable tale for those who like the tales of Robin Hood and others who protect the innocent. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
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