Monday Book Reviews


Today I will be reviewing two books. And the chosen are….Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman, and The Fragrance of Geraniums by Alicia G. Ruggieri.



By Dina L. Sleiman

Valiant Heart Series book # 1

My rating- 3.4 stars



I enjoyed this book. But it drove me crazy! Partly because the theology wasn’t very good. None of the characters have a proper view of God. Also because it was one of those ‘love triangle’ things. The main character is very fickle. One second she’s like decided against one guy…then the next she’s back with him (in her thoughts). Then when she’s at a castle she’s determined to enjoy her time with the other guy although she’s certain it won’t work with him. AARGH! I know we’re fickle creatures…but couldn’t she just make up her mind? Like I said, the theology isn’t very good. The main character is pretty much a fair-weather fan. Like seriously? It’s not true faith if you believe in God based upon what’s going on in your life. I almost think it would’ve turned out better if there was zero faith in it. Well…almost. I like Allan OKAY. But he doesn’t have a proper view of God either.

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?


But it’s interesting to read if you’re in the mood for something interesting. Just don’t let their theology depress you.


The Fragrance of Geraniums

By Alicia G. Ruggieri

A Time of Grace Book # 1

My rating- 5 stars



I LOVED this book! The first half was depressing. But I loved the gospel in the second half. It was very encouraging to me personally. Grace has a hard life, and she doesn’t handle herself well…but yet through the ministry of some friends she makes along the way…she hears the gospel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Yes, the witnessing style is all about how ‘God loves you’. But they still present the sinner’s state rather well.

Grace Picoletti has nothing going for her – but she’s determined to succeed in life, nonetheless. Born to severe destitution, she claws her way up from the pit of family shame and secrets. She avoids close friendships – even with the likable, persistent Paulie Giorgi…

Despite her own agonizing emotional pain, childless Emmeline Kinner reaches out to a young woman so far beneath her. She could never have known whom else God would set in her path through her friendship with Grace…

Long ago, Sarah Picoletti resigned herself to a loveless, abusive life – and she believes that her daughter Grace must inherit the same fate. Yet Sarah’s own soul cries out for the blessed peace and hope of which the radio minister speaks…


This is the overview of the book found on – if you hop over there you can get the book free! It’s free on kindle (I got it in the kindle store), but beware! It’s not gonna’ be there for much longer. So quick! Get the book for FREE before it’s too late.

This book is really good at showing suffering.

Adult Content: There are no inappropriate scenes. However, there are insinuations…and things which SUGGEST adult content. But all in all, I wouldn’t consider it serious enough to not read the book.






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