Courageous

Doc Courageous Note I received this book for free specifically to review it As a History major I have certainly learned a t

Doc Courageous Note: I received this book for free, specifically to review it.As a History major, I have certainly learned a thing or two about the Crusades. The basic gist? There were a lot of them, and they were–as Sleiman puts it– “messy”. Even during a class on the Crusades, it can be challenging to keep them all straight, and it becomes far more difficult when you’re not in class anymore. They seem to just combine into one jumble of violence, religious zeal, prejudice, and hardship (for people of all ages, not just men).With that ‘jumble’ in mind, I was eager to educate myself again as I read Courageous. Sleiman does not disappoint: although there’s not exactly an enormous history lesson in the book, I learned a lot about the children’s crusades in particular–and from a variety of perspectives. The book’s plot focuses on Rosalind and Randel, two young people who are (in essence) the chaperones for a young visionary, Sapphira, and the other children who have been permitted to accompany her. On a quest to save several prisoners in the Holy Land, the group (bolstered by a small fighting force, in keeping with Sapphira’s noble status) leaves Northern Britannia to achieve their goal.Sleiman in no way makes the journey easy. Several of the characters die, and the entire group faces a variety of struggles–including challenges against their faith. But one particular challenge manifests itself in the relationship between Rosalind and Randel: the ability to forgive oneself. Both Rosalind and Randel have committed sins that they punish themselves for–and both have, in turn, convinced themselves that they do not deserve love or marriage.As the two characters find themselves getting closer to their religious convictions on the journey, they also find themselves getting closer to each other. A cliche, yes; however, while this burgeoning romantic relationship is one that is clearly outlined in the book’s description (and one that manifests itself early on in the story with a ‘fake’ relationship), the romance’s similarity to a typical modern romance-novel ends there. Sleiman artfully manages to weave together multiple characters’ perspectives, and introduces enough problems to ensure that Rosalind and Randel’s relationship actually takes a back-burner many times in the book. There’s also none of the passive-aggressive tension that most fictional couples experience; Rosalind and Randel are great friends from the start, and there are no arguments between them. Their friendship actually lasts throughout the novel, which is truly refreshing. The only obstacle to their happiness is each person’s respective guilt; in short, both Rosalind and Randel are convinced that they don’t deserve the relationship–and the reader is convinced that they could both use a little therapy.The book’s main relationship is unique in that it is both subtle and consistently amicable; however, the other relationships are often less so, creating plenty of petty drama to entertain readers in between attacks. Sleiman has created an impressive roster of characters, and juggles them without any observable tension or hastiness in the story. She actually manages to add a bit of depth to almost every character–even those who only have a few lines–and also has the ability to aptly describe the perspectives of characters who are in very different situations and age ranges!The plot has an excellent progression, introducing each theme–romance, drama, humor, and battles–at just the right time. As soon as you start wondering what’s going on with a certain character or how a certain relationship is faring, Sleiman brings it back–almost as if she had read your mind. The language is also a nice mix between modern language and traditional speech patterns (and Sleiman does recognize the intentional mix in her historical notes). One thing that particularly struck me about Courageous was the rich, vivid descriptions: with only a sentence or two, Sleiman often manages to describe a scene in a way that is both very unique and, somehow, dead-on in accuracy.In addition, while the religious aspects of Sleiman’s story are virtually unavoidable, strong religious convictions don’t seem particularly necessary as a reader. You may not care much for organized religion–but you could probably still enjoy this book, particularly if you have any interest in the Crusades or the normal (as well as the abnormal) people who participated in them.Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I had expected an overwrought love story, with a pretty predictable plot and just a smattering of historical information; instead, I was exposed to a companionable story that was exciting, well-written, and riddled with plot twists. Well done, Mrs. Sleiman; I’ll be looking into your other books, including the other two in this series!. Courageous is Books Valiant Hearts Where Adventure and Romance MeetInspired 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 mValiant Hearts Where Adventure and Romance MeetInspired 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.. Award winning author, Dina Sleiman, writes stories of passion and grace Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards, and her cross over YA novel, Dauntless, won the 2016 Carol Award Also look for her books, Love in Three Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and the rest of her Valiant Hearts series with Bethany House Publishers Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well, and she loves to represent them at writers conferences throughout the US Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace For info visit her at dinasleiman Photo by Silly Little Sparrow.. Popular Ebook Courageous I've enjoyed the VALIANT HEARTS series by Dina L. Sleiman. They're adventurous, somewhat unique, romantic, and retellings of legends such as Robin Hood and Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Courageous was a pretty good tale, keeping my interesting and giving me some thoughts to mule over.It follows the life of a few different characters, one of them being Rosalind, who we met in Chivalrous and were left knowing only she had made some tragic mistakes and was far from healed inside. After a vision from a young girl named Lady Sapphira, Rosalind sets out on a crusade to free some prisoners with a group of other zealous warriors. Will they find victory ... and healing, along the way?I was excited to read Rosalind and Sir Randel's story! Lady Sapphira was an interesting POV character as well. And, oh my goodness, I totally did not figure out the whole mysterious villain! That was rather a shock for me, finally finding out who it was! I loved the secondary stories of people finding Christ ... beautiful. ^_^ It was fun to read about the travels. Delightful to get another peek at the lovely characters from the previous books in the series! Courageous was a thoughtful, messy, ultimately beautiful story of redemption, grace, and following God's guidance.There were certain points of the book concerning faith and whatnot that had me kind of confused. I wasn't sure what to think about a few aspects, and not sure I agreed with others. But in the end, I think most things were sorted out in a way I understood and found to be Biblical.Another note, I do not like reading from the villain's POV. Especially when it gets gruesome. Just not my thing. That happened in this book, just to give you a heads up.Anyway, I enjoyed this novel! And there were some truly poignant and precious moments. Adventure, faith, and some romance. It was a good book.I received a copy of Courageous from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

About Author

  1. Award winning author, Dina Sleiman, writes stories of passion and grace Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards, and her cross over YA novel, Dauntless, won the 2016 Carol Award Also look for her books, Love in Three Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and the rest of her Valiant Hearts series with Bethany House Publishers Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire as well, and she loves to represent them at writers conferences throughout the US Join her as she discovers the unforced rhythms of grace For info visit her at dinasleiman Photo by Silly Little Sparrow.

    Reply

Courageous Comment

  1. I ve enjoyed the VALIANT HEARTS series by Dina L Sleiman They re adventurous, somewhat unique, romantic, and retellings of legends such as Robin Hood and Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table Courageous was a pretty good tale, keeping my interesting and giving me some thoughts to mule over.It follows the life of a few different characters, one of them being Rosalind, who we met in Chivalrous and were left knowing only she had made some tragic mistakes and was far from healed inside After a v [...]


  2. Note I received this book for free, specifically to review it.As a History major, I have certainly learned a thing or two about the Crusades The basic gist There were a lot of them, and they were as Sleiman puts it messy Even during a class on the Crusades, it can be challenging to keep them all straight, and it becomes far difficult when you re not in class any They seem to just combine into one jumble of violence, religious zeal, prejudice, and hardship for people of all ages, not just men.Wi [...]


  3. Dina Sleiman s latest historical, Courageous, is set in the often overlooked medieval Crusades and is solid, satisfying ending to her debut YA trilogy With just the right mix of action, romance, and a plausible historical setting, Sleiman brings the Crusades to life While Sleiman s previous novels, Dauntless and Chivalrous, were based on Robin Hood and Arthurian legends respectively, the protagonists in Courageous do not seem to have the same legendary connections, though I can see shades of Joa [...]


  4. My 15 year old daughter s review Courageous is a compelling and interesting story about love finding you even when you re not even looking for it We follow Randel and Rosalind, whom are led by a prophetic vision from God, to find and rescue some of his people Along with Sapphira, the one who got the message, and several other children, they embark on a journey into new and foreign lands.I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first two, and I enjoyed the ending even so One way to get me h [...]


  5. Several characters in this story wrestle with spiritual issues, attempt to discern what is God s will in various situations, and seek truth, faith, and the peace of God Initially, since the story touches on differences in religions and spiritual beliefs, I was hopeful that it would have a powerful message of redemption, a loving presentation of the truth of the Bible, and a clear distinction between the Christianity of the Bible and the heartbreaking errors of belief held by the other religions [...]


  6. I have read and enjoyed Dina Sleiman s first two books in the Valiant Hearts series, Dauntless and Chivalrous Even though the books are young adult novels, I enjoyed spending time jumping back into the historical realm of the middle ages and following the heroines and heroes on their journeys With Courageous, there is no exception.I believe the most important aspect of a historical novel is the research If the research isn t done right, than the story falls apart Sleiman has definitely done her [...]


  7. Charming CourageRosalind of Ipsworth carries a burden she simply can t unload Sir Randel Penigree bears a shame he can t move past Together they board a ship to the Holy Land to fight in the Crusades Each with a different purpose Each wanting to pay penance for the sin they committed What they find is so much They re tasked with keeping watch on the children board the ship, but that proves to be a challenge when one of those children holds a special gift Plus, there s someone who wishes to see [...]


  8. I highly recommend reading Dina L Sleiman sValiant Hearts trilogy Each book is set during the medieval time period with complex characters making hard choices The books have aspects that bring to mind heroes from legends, like Robin Hood This book has a character who is a young lady who has visions from God She reminds me of Joan of Arc.This book is set during the Crusades Honestly, the Crusades are a point in history that bother me It is easy to look back on history and not agree with what our [...]


  9. I really enjoyed the diversity of characters in this story I knew Rosalind would be on a crusade, but I didn t realize how much the children would be involved I grew attached I think to almost all of them and loved seeing the spiritual growth in each of them For some reason I didn t fully connect with Rosalind as I had connected with the two previous heroines in this series Surprisingly, I very much enjoyed Lady Sapphira and her story I didn t expect for her to be one of my favorite character s, [...]


  10. Another exciting adventure from Dina Sleiman This is book three of her Valiant Hearts series and I m hoping we ll see a book four Because we need to know what s happening to Sadie next, right Set during the Crusades, Sleiman takes us to the Middle East during a very turbulent time in history Sir Randel Penigree and Rosalind of Ispswich are in charge of a troop of children who sail on ships filled with crusaders They are following the leading of Lady Sapphira, herself a child, who has had a visio [...]


  11. Review coming soon faithfullybookishRosalind and Sir Randel embark on a treacherous adventure with a large load of emotional baggage Rosalind is still determined to deny herself any happiness as she continues to grieve her unborn child Sir Randel has regrets of his own haunting him in his dreams and occasionally snatching his awareness during the day.Although I enjoyed the first two books of this series, Courageous quickly sailed away from my expectations and my heart just wouldn t go along for [...]


  12. This is my favourite in the Valiant Hearts series Rosalind of Ipsworth was a minor character in the previous book but in this novel she comes into her own The tragic mistake of her past haunts her, making her perhaps a rounded character than the other heroines of the series Sir Randel Penigree is also haunted by the past an accident in which he killed one of the troops in his charge.I didn t particularly like the literary device used to keep the villain anonymous, even when as a reader I was pr [...]


  13. 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 [...]


  14. Note I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.Medieval historical romance isn t my forte However, I ve always made an exception for Sleiman s books due to three main areas.1 The solid and balanced research into the cultures of the medieval period Such research and experience is even clearer in this book Sleiman handles the concept of crusading with a thoughtful view that acknowledges heroes and villains on both sides As someone with cross cultural experi [...]


  15. A new tale, a new heroine, and a great conclusion to the trilogy I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review The views expressed in this review are my own.Rosalind of Ipsworth has shouldered a burden for a sin she has committed for a long time Determined to atone, she trains to take part in the crusades The Duke s niece had a vision to go on a crusade and release the captives from the Holy Land She also saw that children should be included in [...]


  16. Haunted by their past mistakes and hoping to make penance, Rosalind and Randel join a group of men, women, and children on a crusade to the Holy Lands While on the ship, Rosalind and Randel find themselves partnering to train and care for the small group of children on the crusade Their friendship grows ever closer, and Randel and Rosalind soon agree to pretend to court each other to discourage the other single adults on the journey But the dangers of falling in love are nothing compared to what [...]


  17. When I first heard about this author s debut novel I was instantly intrigued and I knew I had to read it I was lucky to get a copy for review and I loved it so I eagerly awaited book two, hoping it would live up to its predecessor And it gloriously did, earning this author a spot on my must read list So this third book had a lot to live up to and thankfully it was as good as the first two I can honestly say I have never read a book that centered around a crusade so this was an entirely know new [...]


  18. 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 [...]


  19. Crusade stories can be hit or miss for me, as I do not always agree with the author s interpretation of what happened This story started out a bit shaky on that ground, though as the story progressed I found that I agreed with While I cannot say I was satisfied with all the characters decisions and conclusions toward the end, I can say that I was overall satisfied with the story.Randel and Rosalind are two characters who have committed tragic acts in the past and continue to punish themselves L [...]


  20. This is another incredible medieval tale This is a stand alone story A number of the characters were in secondary roles in the earlier books in the series but there is enough information included in this book about them that you don t need to have read either of the previous novels before this one.I loved getting to know about Rosalind and meeting Randel They are both wonderful though flawed characters They each have deep seated guilt that they are carrying from things that have happened in the [...]


  21. Ah, the third and final installment of the lovely Valient Hearts series I have enjoyed each one of them Courageous was a great book and a great finish to the series Sad to see them end, but they are a great collection and one I am ever so pleased to own Not to mention, they are utterly beautiful to look at I only had one concern about the book In my opinion, it gave off the impression that all religions are almost equal, as if we all worship the same God, just differently However, we don t all w [...]



  22. Dina Sleiman s third entry in her Valiant Hearts series continues the journey into the medieval era with a trip to the Holy Land during the Crusades Rich in historical detail, full of the grace of God, this one completes the series It s quite clear Sleiman has done her homework with her detail research into the era and events Quite an adventure with some romance thrown in, we read Rosalind s story She was a secondary character in last book, Chivalrous Rosalind carries the weight of a grievous si [...]


  23. My Thoughts This one started slow for me There is a lot of set up, a lot of learning about characters and the situations of their past Even though I wasn t immediately drawn into the book, I persevered for a couple of reasons First it was a review book I had to read it Second I had read CHIVALROUS her last medieval novel I knew she is a good writer When I got to page 142, I started getting interested Things started happening By the time I passed page 200, I had to finish it smile Truthfully, a l [...]


  24. Overall a decent read, although I wasn t a big fan of Rosalind from the second book and I think I would have enjoyed a book with Sadie as the main character .


  25. First, thanks to Bethany House, for the free copy in exchange for an honest review Also, this review has a lot of spoilers Dina Sleiman s book Courageous, book three in the Valiant Hearts series, sets a story of second chances, love and adventure against the colorful backdrop of the crusades in the 1200 s.I wasn t sure what to expect when I started this book I did not realize it was a book three, and I had not read books one and two However, since each book has a different main character and set [...]


  26. CourageousBy Dina Sleiman Rating 2 stars It was okay Age range 16 and upFor starters, I ll just say I haven t read the first two books in the series I heard that person in the back gasping I think it probably detracted from my enjoyment slightly, just because I didn t have the backstory of the characters I mean, I could piece together the characters simply because I ve read the synopsis of the first two novels in this series, and because there are some slight explanations, but it most likely wou [...]


  27. Courageous was a good read with an unusual setting, but I did feel that it was not as strong as the first book in this trilogy, Dauntless Those who have read the previous titles will have come to know Rosalind, and the reasons why she felt she urgently needed forgiveness, and will have met many of the other characters including Sir Rendel The characterization was good and realistic, with both the protagonists wounded from past misdeeds and mistakes and yearning for redemption As before, the chil [...]


  28. Sir Randel Penigree has the purest, the gentlest heart a knight could ever possess He threatened Sir Sebastien to protect the children, but I know he would never murder anyone Let his guilt over the accident at Gravensworth be proof enough that he is not capable of such an intentional act of evil Why would you believe her The venom turned Rosalind s way She is no better Thief Harlot Murderer Each word hurled like a dagger Slow and sure Straight to Rosalind s heart.Book Courageous by Dina Sleiman [...]


  29. In Courageous, author Dina L Sleiman returns readers to the medieval England setting of her previous novels briefly However, most of the story takes place on a journey to the Holy Land a journey precipitated by a teen girl s vision This setting is one I ve never read about before in fact, I ve never spent much time thinking about the Crusades aside from minimal facts memorized for high school history tests , so I enjoyed seeing a crusade through the eyes of participants.Rosalind, Randel, and Lad [...]


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *