Chivalrous is the story of Gwendolyn, a young woman who dreams to be a knight, but whose overbearing father believes her nothing more than a marriage pawn at best, worthless trouble at worst. Enters Allen from the first book in the Valiant Hearts series, except now he is knight out to prove himself and find his place in the world. Gwen struggles to come to terms with the austere, abusive nature of her father and a loving Father in heaven while Allen strives to do what’s right, but pride muddies the water.
This Arthurian-infused story is based loosely on medieval Europe during the 1200’s and set among the nobles of North Britannia, the author’s creation.
Not my typical reading choice, but it didn’t take me long to be swept away to a different time and place. I felt this story stronger than Dauntless. It moved quicker, especially since we know who Allen is already. And it was nice to revisit Lady Merry and the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest, and to see Allen come into his own with this story.
And the same is true for this book as I said about Dauntless, so I will quote it:
“Personally, I like a lot more action, fighting, and such in order to endure the emotional angst found in romance stories, but it was a nice change from my usual choice in books . . . I loved getting a glimpse into medieval England, one of my favorite time periods, and reminding me why I am thankful for living where I am today.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. When I can turn the last page and feel good about the journey, the book is a winner to me. If you love historical romance with characters figuring out their faith in God and their place in life, you’ll love this one.”
*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.
Dina Sleiman has been celebrating the release of Chivalrous with fun posts such as the inspiration behind Gwendolyn’s misbehaving pooches , the origins of the story as well as glimpses into the characters and the next book in the Valiant Hearts series, featuring Rosalind, Gwendolyn’s handmaiden.
Author 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. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and her Valiant Hearts Series with Bethany House Publishers.Dauntless, book 1, is a Library Journal pick of the month and Chivalrous is now available as well. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US. For more info visit her at her primary website.