Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts #2)
by Dina L Sleiman
published by Bethany House
genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Lit, Fantasy
**received e arc from publisher and netGalley in exchange for an honest review
Summary (Goodreads): 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: DNF: Unfortunately this just wasn't working for me. I really liked Gwendolyn. If it had only been her story told from her POV I might have been able to finish it but Allen's POV is what turned e off.
First, I didn't know this was a second in a series. It would not have been a problem if Allen hadn't been part of some love triangle in the first book. Knowing this and the fact that Merry was all he talked about in the part of the book I read made it difficult to see him as someone for Gwen. Also, I know it is christian lit, but Allen's POV was very preachy. The author did a good job of being subtle but still showing the other characters faith without over doing it just not with Allen.
Others will enjoy this. It has a great fantasy setting and Gwendolyn really is a great female lead. I just couldn't get past Allen's voice in the part of the story I read.