Chivalrous

ChivalrousChivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
Series: Valiant Hearts
Genres: Historical Romance, Young Adult
Published by Bethany House on September 8, 2015
Pages: 368

 

About Chivalrous (from the back cover):
Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit. 
When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles–along with twists and turns aplenty–await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.

Chivalrous is book two in the Valiant Heart Series whose main hero is one of the lovable characters who didn’t quite receive his happily-ever-after in Dauntless. The author does such a wonderful job reminding the reader of what has already occurred that it’s quite possible to pick this series up with book two and feel at home.

Chivalrous is book two in the Valiant Heart Series whose main hero is one of the lovable characters who didn’t quite receive his happily-ever-after in Dauntless.

I really liked Gwendolyn, the heroine. She’s not your average ‘Barbie doll’ type, but more of an “I have a mean father and because of that I don’t want to get married—ever,” girl. She must discover that all men are not the same, and must trust that God has ultimate control over all. The Biblical themes weaved throughout felt real in the characters’ thoughts and actions, and it made the budding romance more vibrant, as they learn what the Scriptures say about the roles of a loving marriage.

Gwendolyn’s friends were equally interesting and added needed depth. One side character’s story didn’t feel complete at the end….So, I’m predicting we may learn more about her in the third book of the series. (I hope!)

I wasn’t entirely put into the must-keep-reading state until a good half way through when higher stakes are revealed and a few twists and turns make an essential appearance.

Topics of pride, pregnancies, and understanding God’s path kept the pace running smoothly. However, I wasn’t entirely put into the must-keep-reading state until a good half way through when higher stakes are revealed and a few twists and turns make an essential appearance. I really enjoyed how book one’s characters held an important process in how Allen and Gwendolyn’s lives unfolded.

The villain of Chivalrous was similar to the type that appeared in book one. The I-want/need-more-power man. He never held me at the seat of my chair with his predictable greed and attitude. Witch craft played a slight part this time around, only enough for the plot to tick forward, nothing that should hinder a reader—no matter his or her thoughts toward that subject.

A fairytale-like-feel with Biblical principles, this coming-of-age historical romance will leave your heart happy.

Allen, a lowly man who is not simply a capable knight, but one who can also write poetry, and Gwendolyn, a girl who snuggles her puppies and yet yearns for adventure, together they’re a pair you’ll hope a happily-ever-after awaits them. Sure, they have their flaws, but those make the characters come alive. You’ll cheer for Gwendolyn when she’s spearing like a knight, and awe for Allen when love seems lost. A fairytale-like-feel with Biblical principles, this coming-of-age historical romance will leave your heart happy.

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