Tuesday, September 01, 2015
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.
After adoring this author's debut novel I was so excited to have the opportunity to be an influencer for this book! My expectations were high as I started the first page and Chivalrous exceeded every one of them! I loved it so much, maybe even more than book one!
Alan was such an amazing character in Dauntless and I just fell more in love with him over the course of this book. I loved his close relationship with God and the way he always put others needs above his own desires. He was determined to do the right thing no matter the personal cost.
And Gwen, she was a unique intriguing character and it was easy to love her. She didn't fit into society's mold and refused to be stuffed into it. She was a fierce woman with a hidden soft side and it broke my heart how she'd grown up believing she was not beautiful due to things her family said. I loved how she fought to get her heart's desires. Gwen and Alan were absolutely perfect for each other and I loved how Alan could understand her ways no one else could.
I really enjoyed the jousting tournaments and they were so vividly described that I felt like I was there. The story moved at a perfect pace and there were so many twists in the plot many of which I didn't see coming! All of the characters were extremely well-written even the ones you wanted to beat up! I especially loved Rosalind and Randel and I was beyond ecstatic to discover that book three would be about them! I can't wait!
Meet the Author
Dina L. Sleiman holds an MA in professional writing from Regent University and a BA in communications with a minor in English from Oral Roberts University. Over the past eighteen years, she has had opportunities to teach college writing and literature, as well as high school and elementary classes in English, humanities, and fine arts. She lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. She can be found online at www.dinasleiman.com.
I received a free copy of this book as an influencer and part of the author's launch group.