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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

'Like all of them she was fighting to live' (Caragh's thoughts as she is suffering from starvation)

To Sin with a Viking (Forbidden Viking) by Michelle Willingham

The tragic life of the Irish during drought and famine is brought to life in this historical romance set in 875 AD. The relations between Vikings and Irish is based on historical fact and interestingly portrayed
Viking Styr is seeking to inject new life into his relationship with wife Elena. He and his men sail to Ireland.

After a long and tiring voyage they land at a cove removed from Dub Lihn. The  reality of the drought conditions in this embattled part of Eire is not what they'd envisaged.
Styr is captured by a young woman, Eleanor and his men are taken by the Caragh's brother and the story follows the finding of Elena and Stry's men, and the doomed love that grows between Styr and Caragh.
Willingham says that in this historical romance she is exploring the idea of arranged marriages that don't work despite the willingness of the couple to make it succeed. And then what happens if they meet their soul mate. I think she has successfully fulfilled her aim with this novel.
A more than enjoyable read!
I look forward to more in this series!

A NetGalley ARC

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