Historical Fiction, Review, YA

Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

Chivalrous by Dina L. SleimanStrong 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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My Thoughts

Hear ye, hear ye! All knights and damsels shall acquire a copy of this tome without delay! Okay, so I’m a goof but y’all really should pick up this young adult title. It is delightfully entertaining and incorporates some weighty issues.

At first glance, Gwen seems like the classic medieval tomboy. While it’s true she’d rather be out jousting with her brothers or her loyal lady’s maid than sitting by the fire for hours embroidering, her true joy is the feeling of freedom being active and outdoors gives her. Gwen’s father is an awful man, he’s power-hungry, cruel, and abusive towards his wife and children. He goes to great lengths to keep his family under his thumb including choosing an oppressive husband for his daughter.

Our friend Allen has finally set off on his grand adventure but few things turn out as he expected. He is brave, courageous, and strong but struggles with his pride and a new attraction. Fans of the first book will be happy to be reunited with Allen and get a peek at what the rest of the Ghosts are up to as well. Chivalrous is action-packed and full of excitement!

Dina SeilmanAbout the Author

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.

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