Lady Merry is left to face the world on her own after her father tried and failed to overthrow the king. She along with the orphans from her village are left to hide in the forest for their protection. She loves the children and goes to great lengths to care for her charges.
Timothy Gray left in charge of the earl's castle while he is gone begins the hunt for the "Ghosts of Farthingale Forest" in order to make a name for himself. When your the ninth child in the family, you feel as though you will never make it to the top.
He soon comes to realize he needs to re-think his view on the world, when he meets the orphans and their leader.
Author Dina L. Sleiman takes you back in time when castles on the hill were commonplace, nobleman had sword fights, and kings ruled the countryside. She describes all of it in such magnificent detail, that it kept me so absorbed that I read this book every chance I could.
Merry shows exceptional strength and courage living through this survival situation with the orphans. I do have to say though Timothy Gray was my favorite character in the end. His belief in God to help him to do what's right shines through.
The description of this book says its for teens, but as an adult I loved this book. I have to admit that it was a slow go for me at first (probably because I'm not used to reading about this era) but suddenly the book had me hooked and there was no stopping.
This wonderful book will leave you thinking about God in times of your hardships. Will you blame God or will you lean on him for support? We all hope for the latter.
I was given a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.