Forced into a controlling marriage when all she wants is to joust!
September 10, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance
Target Audience: Girls and Boys 13
Subjects: Faith in God, Pride, Trust in God rather than self, Abuse, Abortion, Immorality
Summary: Marriage. Every young womanís dream. Except Gwenís. Not only does she not have any interest in marriage, her fatherís idea of marriage is to get her under control by finding a strong man who will not allow her to do any of the things she enjoys, a man who will keep her very tightly under his control. All Gwen wants to do is spend her days jousting, horse riding and climbing trees Ė the very things her father finds completely unacceptable for a woman to do. Suddenly though, the simple act of attending the Dukeís tournament sets into motion a chain of events Gwen could never have dreamed of Ė including the meeting of the one man who actually stirs her interest.
Allen, still hurting a bit from a proposal rejection is simply looking for a place in the world where he can fight for the right reasons under the right leadership. Rumors says that Edendale is exactly that. Itís where the legends of King Arthur are lived out in the kingdom. The tournament sets of a whirlwind of events for him as well. He finds himself a pawn in a movement much bigger than himself.
Both must rethink exactly what it means for one to be chivalrous.
Notes: Chivalrous is second in the Valiant Hearts series. This series focuses on showing strong, independent women and the strong men who love them. The author is encouraging young girls to be bold and strong and follow where God leads them and then if/when God brings a knight in shining armor into the picture, to join together in following God.
Chivalrous focuses on a woman who is wrestling with her desire for things viewed unladylike by society and an independence from a controlling, abusive father. Due to her fatherís character and yet willingness to claim to be religious, she has no faith of her own and an incorrect view of God Himself. Allan opens her eyes to the truth of how God views people, especially women and the love God has for her. Allan wrestles a lot with pride. He starts off humble, but when he finds himself thrust into a position of power, he starts to believe itís owed to him, that God is just obviously rewarding him for being such an extremely good person. A word from a priest recalled at just the right time knocks him back down, showing him that he is allowing his pride to lead him places he was never supposed to go.
Overall, the book clearly shows the spiritual struggle of the characters from the very beginning and continues the theme consistently through the book.
Thank you to the author/publisher for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I greatly enjoyed it!
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