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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
Availability: In Stock
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.

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. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dauntless
    April 18, 2015
    EmilyAnne28
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    As King John murdered her family and people, Lady Merry escaped into the forest with the towns now-orphaned children and teens. For two years, they lived by secretly stealing, gaining the reputation of ghosts because of their skill in remaining invisible. But the appearance of someone from Merrys past who is now hunting her band for their crimes turns her world on its head.

    Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman was a great YA novel. Although it bears similarities to the tales of Robin Hood, it is not the same story. In fact, the characters in the book mention rumors of Robin Hoods existence. Instead, Dauntless tells a different tale of a young noblewoman doing everything she can to protect and provide for the ones she loves.

    Lady Merrys character was easy to love. Merrys strength, spunk, skills, and determination as well as her vulnerability made her a loveable, relatable character. All of the major characters, underwent noticeable growth in character. Each one matured and were influenced to seek Gods calling on their lives instead of trying to live their lives the way they wanted to.

    The plot certainly had its ups and downs. Aside from the obvious enemies, such as King John, an unseen villain attempts to turn Merry and her band in to the authorities who most likely execute even the smallest children. But there were times of triumph, success, humor, and romance that made the novel worth reading.

    Dauntless is a definitely a good book, full of fun escapades, danger, and romance. I would easily recommend it to someone who likes the legend of Robin Hood or YA historical romance.

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Greer, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Robin Hood Meets Joan of Arc
    April 16, 2015
    katiespen
    Greer, SC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    This book is a uniquely written, Christian version of the Robin Hood story but from a woman's point of view. Lady Merry Ellison is on the run from the king, who has killed her family and the families of her band of followers - an unlikely bunch of orphaned children. In order to survive, the children have become known as "the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest." Through her difficulties, Merry has lost her faith in God and her willingness to love.

    Living not too far away in the baron's castle is Merry's long-lost love, Timothy, whom she was supposed to marry before she was sought out by the king. But where do Timothy's loyalties lie? Is he just in it for the inheritance that Merry brings with her, or is he truly heartsick over the loss of his childhood sweetheart?

    Through it all, Merry is shown glimpses of God through her youngest charge's "sunshine men," whom only she can see. Could it be possible that angels are guarding the little troop?

    I don't think that I would recommend this for young adults. There are several instances when the baron eludes to extramarital relationships with his maids, and he also has an illegitimate son. The scenarios with the baron seemed to be stretching the boundaries for what I would allow my children to read.

    While I enjoyed reading this story, I did feel that it was extremely close to the Robin Hood story - just with the roles reversed. Throughout the book, Robin is even mentioned several times. I think that it's a good story, but it's not as original as I might have hoped, and I think it should be targeted more to adults.
  3. Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is an incredibly well written young adult novel!
    April 15, 2015
    Debbie Wilder
    Salinas, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    I have never read anything by Dina Sleiman but I will be looking for more of her books. I have labeled this a young adult novel simply because all of the main characters are either in their early twenties or younger. I found it a highly entertaining book myself and I am in my mid-fifties. So dont let the label "young adult novel" stop you from reading it.

    I absolutely love the development of the characters in this story. The two main characters, Merry Ellison and Timothy Grey, are especially strong. Yet Merry is surrounded by a number of other fantastic people as her group of "Elders" within "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest." I can't forget to mention the sweetness of cute little Wren who stole my heart just as she did all of the others within the story.

    The progression of the story was done in a marvelous way and kept my attention throughout the book. I couldn't stop reading until I knew how the story ended. I found myself hoping and praying that it would resolve in such a way that all of the orphaned children, Merry, and Timothy were safe from danger and settled down for a nice "happily ever after" life.

    One of the "elders" of the group of orphans is Allen. He is a strong believer in God. Throughout the book there are times that he is encouraging others to trust God. There are even times when he challenges both Merry and Timothy to let go of things that they believe to be true so that they can learn to trust God more.

    I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Slow and a curse word in it
    April 14, 2015
    AJH
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    I was excited to pre-order this. I thought it would be a fun tale to read, and it also said it was for teens and I was hoping to share with some from our church. It was a very slow read, predictable (which doesn't always bother me), and at the very beginning it made a note of one of lords possibly taking one of the maids to his chambers, and then at about three-fourths of the way through, it has a curse word that the same lord uses. Yes, I understand that in those times it may have been used and those things may have been done, but I don't think we need to write this in the books we give to our teens or anyone for that matter. If you're ok with that then go for it, but I wouldn't recommend it, sorry :(
  5. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good story for teens and adults alike
    April 4, 2015
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Dauntless, Valiant Hearts Series #1.
    Although Dauntless is targeted toward the young adult market, it is a book that I think can be enjoyed by slightly older readers, as well. The story is full of interesting characters in dangerous situations and raises all kinds of interesting questions about the reality of God.

    I do have to admit that the first third of the book moved a little slowly for me. I dont really know why that was, but I just kept reading and the action and romance kicked in and the story became much more interesting to me.

    There are many characters in this book and the author has done a very good job of creating their backstories. It is clear that Merry has taken on the guidance and protection of a group of young people when their village was slaughtered two years earlier. Merrys issues she must deal with in Dauntless range from a lack of trust in people to her loss of faith in God. She had quite the faith journey in this book and it was a very heartfelt one.

    Two men care for Merry and hope to win her heart. They each have their own heartaches of the past. Both still firmly love and believe in God, but must decide in this story where He is really directing them to go and what He wants them to do with their lives. Perhaps they have both relied too much on their own abilities and desires in the last couple of years.

    This tale is fraught with the persecution of innocents, as well as cruel men who wish to bring pain and death to others for their own gain. The possibility of the rebirth of a love that was long considered lost and sweet camaraderie between a group of young men, young women, and the children they strive to protect add warmth to the story.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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