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.
My thoughts: I loved this story! Set in the early 1200's it is a lovely story about a young woman coming of age. I like that the story is told from several perspectives. I also appreciate that the story is somewhat realistic of how life was back then for a woman and the rights that she had (or didn't have, at times). For that reason, I would probably recommend this book for high school students and above, since it does deal with some sensitive subjects, though tactfully.
I fell in love with the characters and look forward to reading the next book in the series!
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.