Book Review, Historical

Book Review – To Love a Viking

To Love a Viking

by Heather Day Gilbert

About the book

Get swept up in an enthralling new romance series featuring women who rule the hearts of Viking men.

Forced into a financially advantageous marriage that spirals into a nightmare, Ellisif cannot help but imagine what might have been and ache for what was lost. The only lights in her life are her daughters and the friendships she’s forged with the household servants.

Though seven years have passed since Ellisif wed another man, Dagar still cannot forget the woman who captured his youthful heart. As the Viking warrior battles for his country’s future, he finds himself entangled in a personal war for Ellisif’s freedom that could cost his family their reputation and standing with the king. If he risks all, can he save the woman whose face still haunts his dreams? And if given another chance, will she choose him?

Escaped slave Inara is determined to start a new life. Under the guidance of warrior and shipbuilder Håkon, her sword skill grows, as does her confidence that the Viking men will accept her as a warrior in her own right.

When she is selected to lead a perilous rescue mission to protect Ellisif, Inara finds herself blindsided by feelings for Håkon…and by threats to her freedom far closer than she feared. As dreams and desires collide, she wrestles against the lies holding her captive. Can she conquer her doubts before all that she’s hoped for slips from her hands?

Written by award-winning historical author Heather Day Gilbert and fresh voice Jen Cudmore, two love stories entwine in this sweeping Viking-era romance, the first novel in the Tavland Vikings series.

My Review

This is the first Viking novel I’m reading by Heather Gilbert. (I’ve loved all the mysteries I’ve read by her, and I know this one will also be a great read!)

Those long ago, far off Viking days. I really don’t know much about them, but they are intriguing to me. Warriors. Slaves. Adventure. Romance. And much more…
The story intrigued me, but I didn’t like it quite as much as I’d hoped.
I appreciate the fact that the issue of women being abused was addressed. However, I didn’t quite like the way it all played out.

Some things I really liked about this story. I liked Ellisif. I appreciated her loyalty in spite of hard times.
I also really liked Inara. It was enjoyable to get to know her and see her make good out of a bad situation.
Heather Gilbert is a talented writer, and I’m not going to let the fact that one of her books isn’t quite as much my favorite as the others stop me from reading more of her work.
I recommend this especially for readers who like reading about the Viking era, and others who love historical fiction.
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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