Book Review: Dark Side of Valor by Alicia Singleton

Title: Dark Side of Valor: A Novel
Author: Alicia Singleton
Pages: 352
Publisher: Strebor Books
ISBN: 1593093853
Source: Author

A child advocate and a mercenary must work together to overcome their past losses and save both of their lives and hearts.

Lelia Freeman created a life for herself after growing up homeless on the streets of Los Angeles. When the horror has passed, Lelia vows to make a better life.

Now, Lelia spends her life trying to save children. As the director of ChildSafe Shelters, she is summoned to Washington and asked to serve on a committee that aids the children of a war-torn African nation. Life takes a dramatic turn when Lelia uncovers terrible corruption and is kidnapped for her knowledge.

Her fate is in the hands of Elijah Dune, a mercenary stuck in the past. Haunted by the loss of his daughter, Elijah is the only one who can save Lelia—but he believes she is to blame for his daughter’s death.

Dark Side of Valor delves into the destructive forces of guilt and revenge as two people are connected by their love for a lost little girl.


I was due for a review of Dark Side of Valor but unexpected circumstances was unavoidable but I am glad that I did received it and to review it now. Reading Dark Side of Valor was a combination of sadness, love, happiness and overwhelming satisfaction.

I won’t go on telling you what the book is about since the synopsis covers everything but what I would tell you is what makes this book awesome. First of all, Lelia was such a strong lead. Having dealth with so much difficulties early in her life, it made her strong and respectable. The story will tell us the story of Lelia’s struggle, how she survived, how she managed to straingthen up her act and made a name for herself with child advocacy until how she was captured and kidnapped by Deng until she returns back to the US.

Elijah on the other hand was hard to crack. You can feel that he’s a troubled soul but won’t actually understand the dilemma after the middle part of the book. The moment I heard his piece I actually stopped reading and re-read a few page back. The twist left me both stupefied and amused at the same time – I wasn’t expecting that one but a very good one I tell you.

I remember a particular line in the book that made me catch my breath all of a sudden –

“How can two broken halves make a whole?”

Yeah, it’s really hard to fathom how two broken soul can make a whole but that is also the answer to her question. It’s both a dilemma and a solution at the same time. It’s sad that two people can be this sad and broken but I feel so much happiness that they have one another.

Deng was a very effective villain. I really felt scared for Lelia’s life. What I would have loved more was to read more about Deng in the middle part of the book since so much anticipation was building up but we’ll see him again in the last pages.

I’ll share one of the scenes my heart broke the most –

“Yes, I’ve seen them. My pride won’t allow me barefooted and wearing the same wrinkled dress.”

Makol’s chin dropped. “Mistress Freeman, I do not understand because I do not Know what pride feels like.”

Don’t get me wrong, this is a great book but not easy to read mainly because of how heavy the topic is. I have a few struggles with the start of the story but it all worked out for me in the end. I can definitely recommend this one.

SIDE NOTE: Book was provided by Alicia for an honest review. I would like to thank Alicia for personally sending me a copy and thank you for Dorothy for coordinating this one for me.

Here’s a short video from Alicia about Dark Side of Valor


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