Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Chivalrous" by Dina L. Sleiman

About this book:

  “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.”

Series: Book #2 in the “Valiant Hearts” series. {Review of Book #1 Here!}

Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; ‘H’s are capital (except “God himself”); Many Talks about God, Scriptures, women & believing; Scriptures are quoted, read & discussed; Many mentions of those in the Bible & Christians; Mentions of going to mass; Mentions of nunneries; A book of sermons & discussing it; Allen says that God has put a certain place on his heart; Allen has a faith; Due to confusing religion in her childhood, Gwen ignores religion (*Spoiler* That changes during the book and it’s revealed that she’s mad at God. *End of Spoiler*);
*Note: Witchcraft, witches & Black magic is done (semi-detailed); a suit of armor that is “hot like Hades!”; Three ‘hellcat’s; Many mentions of goddess & demigods.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast it all’, a ‘drat’, a ‘shut up’, four forms of ‘idiot’, five ‘stupid’s, and seven ‘blasted’s; Sarcasm; Many mentions of spankings, slapping, lashes & bruises; Gwen’s mother loves her wine & mentions of slurred words; Drinking wine; Mentions of gambling; Hunting (semi0detailed): Blood & Killing (semi-detailed); Tournaments, sword fighting & jousting (semi-detailed to detailed): Killing & Fighting (semi-detailed); Planning a rebellion & killing; Mentions of murders & people who were butchered; A Mention of hanging; *Spoiler* Gwen’s father says that he should have killed her when she was an infant. *End of Spoiler*.

Sexual Content- three hand kisses, three cheek kisses, a nose kiss, a head kiss, three semi-detailed kisses and a detailed kiss; Remembering kisses (semi-detailed); Wanting to kiss, Mentions of kisses; Married couples kiss; Noticing, & Smelling (semi-detailed); Butterflies & pounding in stomachs; Touches (semi-detailed); Dancing (borderline semi-detailed // detailed); Flirting & staring at a woman’s form; A jerk comments and stares at Gwen’s low dress; a ‘hellion’, two ‘harlot’s, two ‘wench’s, and three ‘hoyden’s; Mentions of virtue; Rosalind is a romantic; A mention of rape; Mentions of cheating & being faithful; Mentions of forcing marital intimacies & consummating a marriage; Mentions of marital intimacies, showing love physically, being close, & submitting to a husband; Mentions of bearing children, the process & “seeds”; Mentions of a woman’s “valuable reproduction organs.”; A forbidden love; *Spoiler* Rosalind is pregnant, “takes care of it” and is no longer with child. Let’s not get me started on this. !! *End of Spoiler* Writing a love poem; Many Mentions of when Allen loved Merry (book #1); Love, falling in love, & lots of the emotions.
             *Note: Many mentions of figures, curves, low dresses, & cleavage;  

-Gwendolyn “Gwen” Barnes, age 16
-Allen of Ellsworth, age 18
                                         P.O.V. switches between them, Rosalind & Warner
                                              Set in 1217 {Medieval}
                                                        351 pages

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My personal Rating-
I’m being really nice giving this book a 2-star rating as I truly didn’t like a lot of it. While there was quite a bit of Spiritual Content that was nice, all the Sexual & Marital hints and mentions made the ratings very low! *sigh* I can’t recommend this series due to this book and its content. And that Spoiler in the Sexual Content? I am still so annoyed about that! Argh! Something tells me book #3 will be about her, but whether it is or not, I will not be reading it.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.

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