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Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

Gwendolyn Barnes dreams of being a knight, but her abusive father will tolerate no such thing. Trained in secret by her brothers, Gwendolyn prays he never finds out.

Until she meets Sir Allen of Ellsworth, a kind knight who speaks of an even kinder God.

Her hopes of marrying Sir Allen are dashed when her father says she will marry a man as cruel as himself–and Sir Allen becomes betrothed to another.

Can she believe in a God who says He has good plans for her, only to crush every sliver of hope that springs to life within her? Find out in this amazing, spectacular, incredible book.

Seriously. I can’t get over how good this book was.

In book one of the Valiant Hearts series, Dauntless, Dina Sleiman weaves a story of the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest, a Robin Hood-esque band of outlaws who must survive under the harsh rule of King John. Oh, and another thing. They are children. Led by a deposed Baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison.

Book two, Chivalrous, seamlessly entwines the fate of the ghosts with that of the North Britannia, a King Arthur-like kingdom that values honor above nobility or rank. Overflowing with action, yearning, and impossible odds, both books have quickly moved to my favorites list.

And I want book three. Like, right now.

Two things instantly made me love this book.

1) I recently had a baby and named her Gwen. (And we considered Gwendolyn–but Gwenivere won.)


Best. Name. Ever.

2) I watched A Knight’s Tale the night before starting this book. Oh my goodness. If that doesn’t put you in a jousting state of mind, nothing will!

Okay. I have to add a “three.”

3) Who on God’s green earth doesn’t love King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table??? (Hence naming my daughter Gwenivere. Different spelling, but still…)

And once again, Dina Sleiman did an AMAZING job hinting at King Arthur, but making up a story that was entirely her own. Just as she did with Robin Hood in Dauntless. (See my review of Dauntless here.)

Yep. Definitely one of my favorite authors. Cannot wait for book three, Courageous.

And while you do not need to read the first book to enjoy the second, I highly recommend it. These books are just too good not to be read together!

Aren’t these covers just lovely? I mean, come on. You’ve got to have awesome covers to match the awesomeness inside. Just sayin’.

Happy reading!

In Him,




Series: Valiant Hearts, Book 2
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Gwendolyn wants nothing more than to be a knight--and to have her father's love. Denied both, her despair slowly fades into hope when she meets Sir Allen of Ellsworth, a kind knight who just may be the answer to the prayers she's been afraid to utter. But when Sir Allen and the life he offers is denied her as well, will she place her trust in a God who seems as cruel as her earthly father? Or is He?
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About the Book

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.

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