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Courageous (Valiant Hearts Series #3)

Dina L. Sleiman, Dina L. Sleiman
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Courageous is the 3rd book in the Valiant Heart Series by Dina L. SleimanInspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gla... Read More

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Courageous is the 3rd book in the Valiant Heart Series by Dina L. Sleiman

Inspired by the vision of the Young Lady Sapphira, Rosalind of Ipsworth joins a group of men, women, and children as a defender of the cross, seeking to free captives from prisons near Tripoli. She gladly gives herself to the cause, as she's haunted by a tragic mistake and no longer deserves such joys as marriage and family might bring.

Sir Randel Penigree was reared to serve in the church, but dreams of protecting the innocent as a knight. Joining a crusade to escape humiliation at home, he finds himself drawn to Rosalind as they partner to train and protect a group of young adolescents. When they face political machinations, danger, and an unknown enemy bent on their destruction, they are forced to reconsider their priorities and the very nature of the God they serve.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2016
  • UPC: 9780764213144
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Publish Date: Jul 5, 2016
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 17
  • Audience Age Minimum: 14
  • BISAC: "JUV033140"
  • ISBN: 0764213148

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Decent. by Halee on 7/16/2016

Well. This was a “cover buy” I guess you could say. I think the cover is strange but it did look exciting. Honestly, though, it seemed like the whole book was just a round-up of crusader battles with some romance thrown in. And, I really don’t mean any ugliness to fans of this series or any offense to the hard, HARD work that the author spent writing this novel, but I just didn’t like it.

I felt the romance was kind of rushed at times, it was very slow, and I felt it was really repetitive.

Now, all the negatives aside, I thought the spiritual aspects to this book were very well thought out and very well written. Rosalind talking to all the girls she looked after always brought a smile to my face. It was certainly very sweet to read.

I don’t normally do this, but I thought I’d give a little list similar to what I’ve seen for the inappropriate/romantic content:

(Thoughts of wanting to kiss, slight kissing a few times, several mentions of prostitutes, a few men pursue her (in the wrong way), lots of mentions of cleavage and tight clothing on women, the words tramp and wench are used many times.)

Even though you could consider a lot of negatives in this book, I found it fit the time period of the book, and the phrases and all that weren’t overdone.

The characters were really interesting, especially Sapphira. I REALLY want a novella for her. Rosalind’s backstory was COOL! Well done on that one, Dina.

I don’t mean to detour you from reading it! Not at all. It’s just not a favorite of mine. It did intrigue me enough to want to pick up the first two though.

All in all, this was a relatively clean, Christian book that I thought lacked in plot twists, but was entertaining and passed the time.
(This book was sent to me from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.)


Story of Courage, Hope and Healing for Your Young Adult (or the Young-at-Heart) by Suzie on 7/11/2016

Books geared toward young adults today are filled with images and insinuation some parents don’t want their kids immersed in. They probably get plenty of those things hanging around their unchurched friends at school. So it is encouraging that some authors are offering engaging, well-written coming-of-age stories that are not only entertaining but filled with a message of hope and salvation.

Dina Sleiman’s “Valiant Heart” series is one that offers adventure while at the same time offering a positive message. Book three in this series, “Courageous,” is the best yet.

Rosalind of Ispwich is determined to atone for her greatest sin—the one that haunts her and drives her forward. She believes that joining Sapphira’s crusade to help free captives in Tripoli will help God forgive her. Together with Sir Randel Pennigree, Rosalind helps train and care for the children brought along. As the two for a plan to ward of unwanted attention from others on the ship, each of the two adults begin to confront their past shame.

This story has so much to entertain readers—battles, miracles, fights—but the true heart of this story is the children. The children whose job is to support the knights and soldiers in prayer. Led by young Sapphira who listens to God with her whole heart, each of the children as well as Randel and Rosalind change as they listen to God’s direction for both battle and for their lives.

****Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own

…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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