My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Book Description: 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.
My thoughts: When I requested Chivalrous to read, I thought that it would be a companion story to Dauntless. It had been a while since I had read the book and didn't recognize the names of some of the characters. To my surprise and delight, I found out that continues with one of the characters from Dauntless.
Gwendolyn is a young lady who doesn't like the future that is presented to her. She has trained to be a warrior with her brothers from her youth and the thought of being wed to a man she does not love holds little interest for her. She continues training on the sly, because it has been forbidden by her father, and enters a tournament. That is where she meets the Knight Allen of Ellsworth.
Allen is one of the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest from Dauntless. He has moved beyond his origins and finds himself a Knight and on the Council for North Britannia. His honor and duty may take precedence over his heart as he struggles to find his place in his new home.
This book is a second in a series, while it makes references to the first, it could read as a stand alone. It is well written and full of romance and adventure. I loved the characters. The setting is in the middle ages and the Duke has tried to emulate the Kingdom of Camelot. I love Arthurian Legend, so that aspect was a bonus for me.
The book has some violence and kissing. Allen of Ellsworth is a devote Christian and this book has many religious references.
About the Author: (taken from Goodreads) 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. Dina also serves as an acquisitions and content editor for WhiteFire Publishing. For more info visit her at http://dinasleiman.com/ or check out her latest series at http://valiantheartsseries.blogspot.c....