A challenging wife
For a warrior Viking
When Thorstein Bergson rescues a beautiful woman from a storm-tossed long-ship he little expects to broker a powerful marriage alliance with her. This high-status ice queen is not the comfortable wife this warrior chief is seeking. But maybe the bitter-sweet pain in Gyda’s eyes hides another woman beneath? The one he tasted that first night when she’d kissed him with such pent-up longing…?
The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance is published today and is Lucy Morris’s debut novel for Harlequin Mills and Boon in their Historical line. Many thanks to Lucy for offering me a copy of the book for the purposes of review. I have reviewed it honestly and impartially as always.
I can’t recall ever reading a book featuring Vikings that wasn’t a children’s book or non-fiction. I have definitely never read a Viking romance before, but it is a genre I have been missing out on if Lucy’s debut is anything to go by.
Gyda is sailing to a new life in England, escaping a past that wasn’t happy for reasons that are gradually revealed through the book. her ship is wrecked off the coast near Viking chief Thorstein’s settlement, and he rescues her from the storm-tossed waters. Through a series of subsequent events, they end up being tied together in a marriage alliance, but can they forge a romance from marriage of mutual convenience?
This is the driving thrust of the novel but so much more is explored throughout the story. It’s about the powerlessness felt by women in these times, who were valued by men only for the status and alliances they could bring, and the children they could bear. About the way people make assumptions about people based on first impressions, and how they can remain fixed if we don’t take the time to dig below the surface and find out what makes people behave as they do. How misunderstandings so easily arise if people don’t talk. And what true love and passion look like.
Despite being set in a time that is so distant and alien, the author has created characters that are very relatable to the reader, and attractive to read about. Thorstein is a man who would make any woman’s knees weak, never mind Gyda, and Gyda seems like the perfect woman, beautiful and feisty. The chemistry coming off the page between them was palpable from the beginning, and I was sold on the relationship from chapter one.
Being from Yorkshire, and having visited the sites in York that celebrate its Viking history, I was also gripped by the way Lucy brought the world of Jorvik to life with all of the senses (especially the smells. Anyone who has visited the Jorvik Viking Centre will remember the smell!). There was so much to enjoy in this book, beyond the fiery romance, I absolutely loved it.
The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance is out now in paperback and ebook formats and you can buy a copy here.
About the Author
Lucy Morris lives in Essex, UK, with her husband, two young children and two cats. She has a massively sweet tooth and loves gin, bubbly and Irn-Bru. She’s a member of the UK Romantic Novelists’ Association and is delighted to begin her publishing journey with Harlequin Historical in 2021 with her first release ‘The Viking Chief’s Marriage Alliance’.
She adores writing strong, passionate women and the brave, honourable men who fall in love with them. Weaving her fascination with the dark age of medieval Europe with her compulsion to give her characters a happily ever after. But only after they’ve had an adventure along the way.
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