My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Netgalley (received to review)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Book Description: Though once a baron's daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed "The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest," her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king.
Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, will he choose fame or love?
My thoughts: I have a fascination with the medieval time period. This book was one that I really enjoyed reading.
The book is set during the time of King John. The legend of Robin Hood is mentioned a few times. The band of outlaws were different that Robin Hood, this band was made up of children whose families had been killed when the Baron rebelled against King John.
They are led by a young woman by the name of Merry. Her father was the rebel and she felt responsible to keep the children alive. They were already outlaws because they lived. It made sense that they made their living by stealing from the rich.
I couldn't help but love the children. Their love and acceptance of each other was admirable. The devotion the older children/teens of the band had for their charges was inspirational. I liked the spirit of giving and not giving up that filled the pages of the story.
This book contains some violence and a bit of a love story. I didn't find the violence graphic and the romance is clean.
About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) 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. Dina also serves as an acquisitions and content editor for WhiteFire Publishing. For more info visit her at http://dinasleiman.com/ or check out her latest series at http://valiantheartsseries.blogspot.c....