06 August 2016

Courageous by Dina L. Sleiman

Rosalind of Ipsworth has set sail for northern Africa with a group of Crusaders on a quest to set captives free, based upon a spiritual vision of Lady Sapphira. Though the quest that she finds herself on is certainly noble, she has reasons far deeper as she searches for personal redemption from past mistakes. Can she see past her past to who God sees her as and what He has in store for her?

Serving by Rosalind's side in the training of the children on the crusade, Sir Randel Penigree has ambitions to join the Templar crusaders and redeem past humiliation. Together they make a great team, but can they stand up to the political intrigue that swirls ever deeper around them? The crusade not only pushes their physical limits, but tests their spiritual journey and forces them to see their faith in a way that neither foresaw.

Having not yet read a historical fiction set in the 1200's, nor about Crusaders, I found this read very interesting overall. The pace of the book started out a tad slow, but soon the action started, and the depth of the characters grew so much that by the end, I found myself hard pressed to put the book down. This book is part of a series, however, it certainly can stand alone and the previous two books need not be read to fully understand the characters or the plot.

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