Author: Dina Sleiman
Book #: 2
Series name: Valiant Hearts
Setting: medieval Europe during the 1200's
Publication date: Sept 8, 2015
Cost: $13 for Paperback, $9 for Kindle
Rating: 3.25 (Fair but nothing spectacular)
I received a free ebook copy from the publisher in exchange for this review. (Net Galley and Baker Publishing Group)
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.
Alright. So I read this book earlier today in a computer program that wont let me use the right key to read at a normal pace. Instead I have to move the mouse to go on to the next page and its harder to get into the story that way :/ I am leaving feeling that its a 3 (for fair but not spectacular) and practically I know that part of the reason I feel that way is just the format I got the book....
However, this book was still pretty good. I am drafting this about 75% of the way through and while there has been nothing surprising or intensely interesting, the book is written well with an intriguing story line. It is easy to follow and I'm not getting characters confused or anything that would make the experience worse.
I think it would be improved if there was more dramatic conflicts, only now am I getting to a place where if they dont act within hours there will be a huge dilemma. :)
Also it is awkward to read about "seed" and at one point there may be an abortion and I dont particularly like that the girl (age 16) has no male leadership/mentor/good father as she has to deal with all these mature things at this critical step in her life.... To go into detail more on these would give away half the plot though.
Although the male MC (Main Character) has issues deciding his feelings for his past fiance, Gwen, and some widow its convienient for him to hook up with, he is always a good guy. I really respect that, and that the good guys are moral and the bad guys are not sugar coated. We cant be saying abuse isnt a big deal, now can we?
All in all, this book is good for people into romance, although probably 15+, and those that want to know what the Bible says about divorce, women's roles, etc. along the way.