Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chivalrous: Valiant Hearts Book 2 by Dina L. Sleiman

With her future in jeopardy, this unforgettable heroine won't go down without a fight!

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers, but her parents view her only as a marriage pawn. When her domineering father makes plans to see her wed to a brutish man, Gwendolyn must fight for her future.

She's surprised, however, for that clash to include a handsome, good-hearted newcomer. Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, but he finds in Gwendolyn the most unexpected of women. 

Tournaments, intrigue, and battles-along with twists and turns aplenty-await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.


I loved book two even more than book one. In book one you meet Allen but you don't really get to KNOW him the same way as you do in this one. I love how you see the struggle within him to be something special to others and at the same time knowing the only One he is to please and follow is the Lord. Gwen is wonderful. While growing up under a very mean father, she was fortunate to have him away for a lot of the time. I believe that gave her the ability to have a kind heart and daring spirit. Having big brothers to allow her to learn things that only men could do back then kept her vibrant and later it kept her alive. 

This book has all the adventure and intrigue you would expect with a title and cover like it has. I enjoyed the tournaments. It felt just like I was watching one of the movies from that time period. The relationship between Gwen and Rosalind is one of my favorites. She is willing to follow her into whatever adventure she chooses but at the same time she tries to guide her the direction a lady of her status requires. I'm looking forward to reading her story in book three. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read of adventure with romance. I rate this book a 5 star. I found nothing offensive or out of line. It was the perfect mix of adventure, romance and spirituality. I found the characters faith to be balanced. Their struggles were real to life. Well done, once again! Can't wait for more. 


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. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US.

In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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