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The Shipwreck (The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch ) [Kindle Edition]

Glynnis Campbell
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Origin NOVELLA* for The Warrior Maids of Rivenloch by Glynnis Campbell

When his wife and children die, Viking marauder Brandr has nothing left to live for, so he sails away on one final voyage. A storm at sea leaves him shipwrecked, alone, and barely alive on a foreign coastline. Along the Pictish shore, Avril, a warrior maid and the victim of a Viking berserker, banished from her ancestral home of Rivenloch to a seaside cottage, dreams of the day she’ll raise her sword, take back the castle that is rightfully hers, and find her half-Viking daughter a proper father. Discovering a broad-shouldered, fair-haired, broken castaway washed up on her beach among the wreckage of his longship, she takes him captive and binds him in chains. She refuses to be a Viking’s victim again...never imagining that soon her fiercest enemy will earn her trust, invade her heart, and enthrall her senses.

*PLEASE NOTE this is a NOVELLA--a shorter novel about one-third the size of a full-length book (124 pages)

Product Details

  • File Size: 369 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Glynnis Campbell (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AYO3W2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Muppets' Treasure Island was more believable. February 12, 2013
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I think I've been spoiled by some really good authors, because I did not find the glowing satisfaction other readers seemed to find in this particular work.

The flavor, the real SENSE of the time period and the characters' actions within it was very poorly executed, I felt. The premise, the setup wasn't believable, the characters were more like caricatures, the plot pathetically wandering from one point to the other. Almost a puppet-show novel, if that makes sense-- no background richness or depth, just bright figures lurching from one side of the stage to the next. Okay, maybe that's a bit harsh... I didn't HATE this book. It just didn't wash over me with a delicious escape from reality the way I look for in a story.

Specific gripes: A gently-bred (though wily) woman with an infant is suddenly cast out to live in the wilderness. Not only does she have the gumption to survive-- thrive, even-- without the comforts she's used to, she manages to raise her firstborn daughter (borne of a rape) with the ability to recognize instantly, at the age of four, that a man dressed a certain way and bearing certain features (none of which the girl would ever have actually seen, of course) is a Viking and also her "da".

Then, when said Viking washes up on her lonely beach, all the woman can think to do is drag him home and chain him to the wall, make soup and listen while he tells her daughter stories. We're supposed to believe the main character is emotionally and physically scarred from her encounter with the Northmen... but somehow she's careless enough to allow her four-year-old to skip merrily into the arms of this supposed brute over and over.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vikings are people too... January 25, 2013
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After being raped by berserker Viking, seeing these same Vikings murder and pillage her home, Avril has no trust or empathy for any Viking. She thinks they are all nothing but mindless rapists and blood thirsty thieves. Avril becomes pregnant as a result of her rape and bares a child, Kimbery. Avril's brothers take away her title and her community exiles her, leaving her to die. But, Avril and Kimbery don't die. They adapt to their sea shore new environment and become quite resourceful. After a major storm, they are searching the shore line for food or provisions or driftwood that could made into something useful. When Kimbery stumbles across her new 'da'. Avril can tell right off that this ship wrecked victim is a Viking and she is not taking any chances. She clubs him and trusses him up until she can decide what to do with him.
After loosing his wife and kids to a plaque, Brandr thinks his god Loki must be toying with him after he survives yet another tragedy and witnesses the death of more of his loved ones. He feels he must be cursed. When he wakes up only to be clubbed and dragged and tied up, he doesn't know much what to think and when he realizes that he is being held captive by a female and her daughter, he is even more at a loss. What follows is a wonderful story of healing, trusting and true love.

I've read Glynnis Campbell before and I love her work. The Shipwreck is no exception. For a novella, the story was full of thought provoking plot points, I could identify with both Avril and Brandr. The editing was spot on. The flow was great. The love scenes had just the right amount of 'hot'. My only critique of this book would be the ending. The ending seemed rushed and not fleshed out very well. I would recommend this book and this author to anyone who loves a great love story.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a lead up to a sex scene, waste of time July 30, 2013
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This is a book review, not a book report, as such I won't go into every detail, but give my opinion and why. Ok, so short answer, I don't like the book and can't imagine why there are glowing reviews. Basically the whole thing was little more than the build up to a steamy sex scene, and when they finally got to that, the book ended w/a little paragraph that said everything worked out, read the next books.

The basic idea of the story had merit, and could have made for a good book. The heroine, although poor now, was from the ruling class until Vikings attack, kill her father, rapes & impregnates her & her inheritance is stolen by her brothers. Now, ostracized, she lives in a small hut along the shore where she is raising her daughter. One day a viking is shipwrecked, and is washed ashore. Finding a Viking, her enemy, but not wanting to be dishonorable and just kill him she keeps him prisoner. The story got stupid after that. So she has this viking chained up, and there he lives for a few days, no idea how long, but the guy never has to get up and relieve himself, or the story would have been over. Instead our heroine gets the hots for the dirty, injured "salt crusted haired" enemy Viking. Everything from here on is all about the sexual tension, & her throwing herself on him.

Finally after the predictable misunderstandings, they realize they love each other, not just lust after each other. Wow, that took all of a few days. Pretty amazing, a perfect stranger washes up on shore, one of the enemies of your country, one of the Vikings that raped you and killed your father and you keep him prisoner for a few days, then fall all over him trying to have sex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
I would of liked a longer story. It was still good and had some advise about facing your fears and getting back to life.
Published 6 days ago by TERESA
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story!
This is the prequal to the series of Warrior Maids of Rivenloch. I love all her books and this series was excellent. This story was very good but for me too short. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MMelville
5.0 out of 5 stars omg i couldn't stop reading
I can't say anything about the dialogue because I am not familiar with the language. however I liked that she was a single mom doing a man's work without help. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ramona Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly surprised
I'm not usually a "Vikings" time period fan, but I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Some of the plot line was a little farfetched, of course; however, I liked the writing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SMF PT
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
It was a little faced paced but loved it. A great start to book series I can't wait to finish!
Published 2 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read
Good book fast paced and adventure, lonely life for a young woman and child but was quite compassionate for a little girl.
Published 3 months ago by Roxane
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to enjoy
This was a good book but the ending felt rushed and left me a little unsatisfied. I was expecting some adventure and then came up dry.
Published 3 months ago by derek schultz
4.0 out of 5 stars To Trust a Viking
An interesting start to what appears to be a well written series. The Viking Brandr is shipwrecked near the home of Avril. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading that holds interest
This is not great literature but does have some historical accuracy and a decent story line with a lovely ending.
Published 5 months ago by Cherie C. Binns MSCN
4.0 out of 5 stars short but good plot
This was a good story and had a lot of potential. I was disappointed that it was so short as it was so interesting that I wanted to read more and see the characters developed... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gidgeemumma
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More About the Author

When she's not writing swashbuckling historical romances and playing medieval matchmaker, bestselling author Glynnis Campbell (also writing as Sarah McKerrigan and Kira Morgan) is a cartoon voice, the wife of a rock star, and the mother of two young adults. She's been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won't let your kids play. She does her best writing on cruise ships, in Scottish castles, on her husband's tour bus, and at home in her sunny southern California garden. Glynnis loves transporting readers to a place where the bold heroes have endearing flaws, the women are stronger than they look, the land is lush and untamed, and chivalry is far from dead!

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