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(Valiant Hearts #3)

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Valiant Hearts: Where Adventure and Romance Meet

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 m
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 2016)
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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.
Sharon C
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
(Jenna) The Artist Librarian
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
Darlene L.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Charming Courage

Rosalind 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 more. 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 wis
Diane Estrella
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
(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 more so. One way to
I LOVED the first two books in the Valiant Hearts series. Sadly I didn’t enjoy this one as much and I have specific reasons as to why. It’s not the characters nor the plot; the main characters are nicely developed and likable and the plot is engaging and exciting.

However I just had some MAJOR issues with certain things. One, the author did a nice job writing sympathetic likable Muslim characters despite the ingrained prejudice of the European MCs and the not-likable “bad guys” that were also Mu
Lizard :)
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-favorites
A great way to end a pretty neat series! I love how all of Dina’s books are in completely different settings, all with awesome characters that show up throughout the three novels.

This book was incredible with all the elements of faith and prayer, and I loved reading about the Muslim faith and how it worked alongside Christianity. Beautiful.

I actually loved this book!!
Jul 10, 2016 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I highly recommend reading Dina L. Sleiman's Valiant 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
Laura A. Grace
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 charact
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Beth Erin
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon...

Rosalind 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 wo
Anne Hamilton
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval, christian
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 more 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
Janeen Ippolito
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
((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-cult
Jessica Higgins
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 w ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 n
Suzie Waltner
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 posit
Rebekah Gyger
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 more 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 thems
Debora Wilder
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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 more 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
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
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
Susan Snodgrass
May 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 grievo ...more
Laura  Lane
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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~
Kelcie Hansen
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This book seemed to have the most historical information of the series. (Meaning: I didn’t enjoy it quite as much) it took me longer to read than the others because it was filled with so much info instead of getting on with the story. The last half/third went a lot quicker and seemed to pick up though. It had a good message and wasn’t as sappy as the others either.
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 more.
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
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 c
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
By: Dina Sleiman
Rating: 2 stars (It was okay)
Age range: 16 and up

For 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
Ctf Devourer
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“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.

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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 t ...more

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Valiant Hearts (3 books)
  • Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)
  • Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)