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  • Series: Viking I (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062019104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062019103
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruby and Jack Jordan have been married for twenty years and have two sons. After a year of fighting Jack finally walks out, and Ruby realizes she has let her personal life fall by the wayside while she has built up a successful lingerie company. Then, while listening to one of Jack's tapes on The Power of Positive Thinking, Ruby is transported back in time and awakens on a Viking ship. The leader, as luck would have it, looks just like Jack. While Ruby is intrigued by Thork's resemblance to Jack, Thork is confused by his immediate attraction to Ruby. Thork feels he must keep his distance, however, as he believes his half-brother will kill her, as he has killed anyone Thork has ever cared for. Thork's two sons are only alive because they have been placed with another couple as orphans, and their deaths faked. The boys' mothers were killed as well and now he fears for Ruby's life. She tells him that even a little time with someone you love is better than none at all. They are finally married, but their happiness is short lived when Thork's true enemy, Ivar, kidnaps his oldest son and demands Thork in exchange for him. Tortured while a captive, Thork suffers fatal injuries and although he is rescued, he eventually dies from his injuries. After Thork dies, Ruby finds herself back in 1993 with a new resolve to save her marriage. Though it seems to have been some time in the past, it has only been a few hours in the present and Ruby decides to go after Jack. It takes some sincere effort, but the two are not only able to work things out, but get some good news along the way!The Reluctant Viking is a wonderfully in-depth, ambitious challenge for a first time author, and Ms. Hill pulls it off with style! A major achievement from a new and refreshing talent! Ms. Hill takes the lead in time travel with a twist!Claire Haynes -- Copyright © 1994-97 Literary Times, Inc. All rights reserved -- From Literary Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The hypnotic voice on the self-motivationtape was supposed to help Ruby Jordansolve her problems, not create new ones.Instead, she was lulled from a failingmarriage to an era of hard-bodiedwarriors and fair maidens.

But the world ten centuries in the pastdidn’t prove to be all mead and mirth.Ruby had to deal with a Norseman whohad her husband’s face, habits, anddesire to avoid Ruby. Determined not tolose the same man twice, Ruby planneda bold seduction that would conquer thereluctant Viking—and make him aneager captive of her love.

Customer Reviews

The history in this book is outstanding and very accurate.
Tracy Talley
If you love a book that will make you laugh and cry this book is the one, but saying that all the books i've read of Sandra's make me feel this way.
J COFFMAN
The hero was just awful, rude, mean to the girl, just plain awful.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tina Engler Keen on June 7, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The word "Reluctant" in this book's title is decidedly apropos. Never has a man been more exasperatingly reluctant to love a woman than Thork, the Viking "hero" in this novel.
Admittedly, I read the stories of Thork and Ruby's children first ("The Outlaw Viking", "The Tarnished Lady", & "The Bewitched Viking"--in that order). So, I was disappointed when I went back and read the parents' story only to find an extremely aggravating relationship between the hero and heroine.
Ruby loved Thork from the get-go and remained faithful to him because of that fact. Thork, on the other hand, realized that he felt something for Ruby, but refusing to acknowledge it, availed himself of every woman he came across in the novel. He was hurtful to the heroine to the point where in one scene he actually threw her out of his bedroom, but not before she overheard him loudly ask a servant to bring his mistress to him to take care of "his needs".
Worse yet, Ruby continued to pursue the idiot...relentlessly. I knew ths novel wasn't for me when I started hoping that Hill would have Ruby take another lover. Thork simply didn't deserve her love, or even her caring. He didn't even come around and admit his feelings (and start being faithful) until the book was a chapter or two from being finished.
Still, I gave this novel 3 stars because it contained a lot of Hill's trademark humor and it was well written. There are some readers who will no doubt like this book a lot...my mom enjoyed it immensely. But my mom also enjoys Danielle Steele and ulcer-inducing sagas like "The Thornbirds". If you're like my mother and enjoy reading those types of gut-wrenching, harrowing novels where tragedy isn't triumphed over until the very end, then you will like this book. If you're like me and can't stand novels like that, then save your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Talley on November 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit, this isn't as funny as her other books, but I still loved it and thought it was EXCELLENT. The history in this book is outstanding and very accurate. The story is about a woman named Ruby Jordan. It's the year 1994 and her husband Jack of 20 years walks out. Ruby is distraught and confused. She sits back and listens to a tape to calm her emotions when suddenly she wakes up in the 10th century and aboard a Viking ship! Ruby sees a man that looks EXACTLY like Jack, but this man is a powerful Viking with long blonde hair named Thork. He thinks she is a spy sent by his enemy to destroy him and the village. No one believes she is from the future and Ruby tries to convince everyone she is married to Thork in another life, this is when everyone believes she is insane. The story takes us through the turmoil the Vikings went through and shows us they are a fierce and proud people, but also a gentle and loving people. We get to meet the characters from the other books in the series. Although I was upset with Thork's fate, I liked the ending a lot. What happened to him was meant to be and it touches your heart. This is the first book in the Viking Series. Here they are in order---'The Reluctant Viking', 'The Outlaw Viking', 'The Tarnished Lady', and 'The Bewitched Viking'.
Tracy Talley~@
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J COFFMAN on November 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was in tears reading this book, from laughter. I had tears of sadness at Thorks destiny. Even thought he was not very nice to Ruby until the end, he is still a man to die for. You are never disapointed by Sandra's hero's.
Ruby's antics in the 10th. century are absolutely hillarious. The things she got up to were totally unbelievable, like giving women contraception advice, starting her own lingerie business.
The ending had me in stitches while she was trying to seduce Jack into coming back to her.
If you love a book that will make you laugh and cry this book is the one, but saying that all the books i've read of Sandra's make me feel this way. Great read Sandra!!!!!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2002
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Though the writing was done well, I more then once wanted to put this book down. I found the character of Ruby to be frustrating. And her actions were painfully repetitive. For a 38-year-old woman, she seemed a little dense. Perhaps the first thing one does when one wakes up 1,000 years in the past is try to convince people you're from the future. Perhaps. But After 50 pages I think you would shut up and try to figure out what's going on instead of yapping so much. And though Thork looks like her husband Jack, I don't feel that's enough to make her love him despite all the horrible treatment she gets. That was another problem for me. Thork and Jack were two different people. Why couldn't she see that? OK, I know Thork is an earlier incarnation of Jack, and Ruby finally figures that out, but her constant insistence didn't make sense after the first few times. Once again, the character is not too smart. In all, I was reluctant to keep reading the Reluctant Viking, and only suffered through it because so many people gave it great reviews. I guess it's another case of chacun à son goût
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Annum Tariq on February 13, 2013
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Yes this includes spoilers, sorry but that's the way it is. So I am not exactly sure what is up with this author, she seems to get off, at least in this book, of physical abuse to women and a woman being punished in the time travel world for not giving her marriage enough of her time.

The main plot is about a woman named Ruby Jordan who finds out her husband wants a divorce. While listening to his self help CDs she travels back to the past where she finds her husband's look-alike who she eventually decides is her husband, he dies after a very short stupid marriage that she somehow gets pregnant in and then she forgets all about him and returns to make things up with her husband.

My first issue is the time travel, I have read these authors books before they were all right, not as funny as they're made out to be but I get the whole time issue. So what I don't get is this character's obsession with her husband to the point where she only remembers her children about 3 times when she knows she will never see them again, she in fact accepts their loss quite easily. Instead the whole time she is longing for her husband, whom she soon finds a bad replacement of and also a replacement for her kids almost instantaneously. Some might consider this wrong but I believe you should care about your children more than you do for your husband or at least equally, she was extremely selfish in that way.

So we move on to the time travel world where Ruby follows after her husband's replica Thork over and over again, despite the fact he drives her to tears constantly over the horrible things he says to her, sleeps with other women while lusting after her, even throws her out of his room after they are kissing and asks for another woman in front of her face.
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Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons. SandraHill.net

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