“Chivalrous” by Dina L. Sleiman, Book #2 Valiant Hearts Series

With a brute of a father and indifferent or faraway brothers, Lady Gwendolyn has learned to take care of herself and doesn’t have a high opinion of men—certainly not high enough to warrant marrying one.

As a noble, however, she has been bred to maintain wealth and family status and to provide heirs to the man her father chooses for her. But she would much rather meet a man on the jousting field, than learn to woo a noble.

Alan of Ellsworth, now a knight, returns to this series’ sequel—and this time he will get the girl. The only question is, which one? Is his purpose in life for an important work or for love? Must the two be mutually exclusive?

Dina did a great job with this novel, keeping a balance of excitement and spiritual depth. I found the romance in the plot more similar to the previous novel than I might have liked, but all things considered, it was an excellent read. I especially liked how she brought out the insidiousness of pride, which, while glaring to the reader, it proved much more subtle—as it is in real life—to the characters. I find myself more aware of prideful thoughts since reading it.

Thank you to Net Galley (https://www.netgalley.com) and Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review.

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