Dauntless is the first book in the “Valiant Hearts” series by Dina L. Sleiman. It is an historical fiction novel that includes adventure, danger and romance.
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. Merry will go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children in her care. The group becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.”
Merry’s life becomes more challenging when an old friend finds her after thinking her dead for two years.
Ms. Sleiman did an excellent job creating characters that wind your care and your heart quickly. Merry appears as a female Robin Hood, but her and her group are quite different. As danger lurked around every corner, I found myself routing for Merry and her group. Another situation arises that caused a dilemma for my heart and mind as I read and found it difficult to know who to route for in the romance department.
Ms. Sleiman did an excellent job of resolving the story line at the end without causing my heart to break for any one of my beloved characters. I finished the book feeling happy for Merry and her group and satisfied that I had read a good book worthy of my time.
I recommend this story for anyone who loves to read about strong women, adventure, history and romance. I look forward to digging into Book Two of the series, Chivalrous.