Viking in Love
Sandra Hill
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Viking in Love
Sandra Hill
400 pages
January 2010
rated 2 of 5 possible stars

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I think I'm being quite kind to Viking in Love by giving it two stars when I wasn't actually able to finish it. When this ultimately disappointing read started out, I thought there was some potential: an unhappily-married woman kills her abusive husband and her four sisters help her to cover it up, finding themselves being hunted down as possibly to blame for the mysterious disappearance of the husband.

The sisters go to a distant kinsman, Caedmon, to try to get his help. He isn't keen and has to be 'persuaded' by sister Breanne. This persuasion involves her eventually seducing him, then the book goes on and on about her 'large nipples' (about which I was distinctly bored within a couple of pages). The other sisters variously disappear, and we just read of Breanne and Caedmon in bed, knowing that the authorities are looking for the Viking sisters and Caedmon doesn't seem to want to agree to help them or not. At this point, I got too fed up and gave up with the book (probably about three-quarters of the way through).

I haven't read many books set in the Dark Ages so there were some interesting aspects to the story. The mixing of the Vikings and Saxons in the east of England (where I live) is interesting, as are the ways in which the two lands traded and intermarried. Unfortunately, the story is light on character - neither Caedmon nor Breanne feels convincing - and it didn't hold my interest enough for me to want to finish it.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Helen Hancox, 2010

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