Review: The Viking She Would Have Married by Lucy Morris
Today, I'm delighted to share my review for The Viking She Would Have Married, a riveting fast-paced romance adventure by Lucy Morris.
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The Viking She Would Have Married
A Shieldmaiden Sisters story
Historical Romance / Viking Romance
Shieldmaiden Valda lives in unusual circumstances. Her mother, Porrunn, has never married, but raised Valda and her two sisters, Brynhild and Helga alone. But when their fates change, they end up in Jorvik, desperate to find their place in a changing world where not having a man to speak up for you is a big disadvantage.
Valda is looking to join a ship, as a warrior. Her reputation precedes her, yet men are reluctant to take a woman on board. Then she gets a tempting offer of a journey beyond her imagination. The only snag is that it's on Halfdan's ship. Once lovers, she never thought his offer of marriage was genuine, especially with rumours about another woman in his bed. Can she put the past aside for the sake of treasure and her family's future?
Halfdan Ulfsson is a trader, always on the move. His violent father, Jarl Ulf, always expects more, and, aware of his half-brother's fate as a thrall, Halfdan would do anything to gain his brother's freedom. Even agree to a marriage! But then Valda appears, and he offers her a post on his ship. Things begin to get complicated as they embark on their dangerous journey to Miklagard.
The Viking She Would Have Married is a riveting trip across the seas, and rugged landscapes, towards wondrous Constantinople (Miklagard). The author has researched the historical setting well. They trip is realistic, and there are enough hints at Viking life that make you step back in time quite easily.
I like Halfdan. He's stuck in the middle between his brother's fate as a thrall, and his brutal father. A fair man and clever negotiator, he has amassed much wealth for the old man. But it takes a journey with Valda for him to come to a vital decision.
Valda is feisty and proud, and a bit too stubborn for me. I thought she wilfully ran her head against the wall a few times, where a bit of sense would have helped. She's led a tough life, though, and her mannerisms are more those of a male warrior than a female. A twist at the end makes her see what she really wants in life.
This novel is a riveting ride across the seas, from early Normandy, to Jorvik, and on to Miklagard. All the while, their emotions are at boiling point, and there is much ’will they, won't they’ tension throughout.
A fabulous adventure romance.
In close quarters… With the Viking she’d loved and lost
A Shieldmaiden Sisters story—with her family fallen on hard times, Valda’s forced to join the crew on Halfdan Ulfsson’s merchant ship as he sets sail on the treacherous silk route.
But this handsome jarl’s son is the man she’d planned to wed, until his bitter betrayal. Knowing she can never trust him, she must focus on saving her sisters…and not the intense connection that still burns between them!
Passion erupts when these bold, spirited Vikings are reunited!
About the Author:
Lucy Morris has always been obsessed with myths and legends. Her books blend sweeping romance with vivid worldbuilding to whisk you away to another time and place filled with adventure. Expect passion, drama and vibrant characters.
Lucy lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two children, and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves Terry's Chocolate Oranges and Irn-Bru. In her spare time she likes to explore castles with her family, or drink bubbly with her friends.
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