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- Print Length: 332 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979695946
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077GLX3TZ
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Eirik: A Time Travel Romance (Mists of Albion Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I usually avoid Time Travel romances - Diana Gabaldon has set the bar too high - but this one was a real surprise. The writing style grabs you from the first page, and the story is great.
The heroine, Paige, is one of the book's highlights for me. The story is told entirely from her point of view but I never got tired of being in her head. We don't get to know the hero, Eirik, as well as we do Paige, but he's definitely a great hero: strong, powerful, and ruthless when necessary, but with a deep, kind and chivalrous side.
I loved the setting too. The author brings 9th Century Anglo-Saxon Britain to life brilliantly. The Kingdom of the East Angles and the Viking raids are realistically drawn with just enough description to make the setting seem authentic without going into too much historical detail. Paige's 'portal' between the two worlds - a tree on her father's property - works too. It's simple, but unlike some other time travel romances, I could believe it could exist.
I thought Paige's back-story was beautifully drawn, the loss of her mother, and her father's depression, followed by visits to psychologists. You really want this girl to find happiness!
The only thing that didn't work for me in the book (which is why I've given it 4.5 instead of 5 stars) - was the use of language. In 9th Century Britain, the Angles would have been speaking Old English, and the Vikings, a form of Norse. However, our heroine slips from 2017 North America to the 9th Century without any language difficulties. Maybe I missed it, but she just thinks her new Angle friends speak a little differently to her. Plus, Eirik would not likely have spoken the local tongue either - there would have been two new languages to learn! Outlander works because Claire only goes back a couple of centuries to Jacobean Scotland, where the same language (apart from the local Scottish Gaelic) is used. It's quite a big detail not to get right! If the portal equips travelers with some Tardis-like language device, the reader needs to know that!
However, the story is so strong, the plot so exciting, the writing so vivid, and the characters (even the minor ones) so richly drawn that I will just overlook that issue ...
I highly recommend this novel, and look forward to more in this series.
If you are even remotely interested in Vikings, please read this book, it is a true gem. Once you open this book you won’t be able to stop till you finish. This was a fantastic emotional roller coaster of a read, be ready for a couple chuckles and a couple tear jerker moments. I actually wanted to start re reading this immediately. Joanna Bell has done a stellar job of immersing you in the 9th century sights and smells and tastes. The world was so incredibly rich and intricate and that’s before adding an amazing cast of characters.
Paige lost her mom at an early age leaving her to care for her dad who lost himself when he lost his wife, leaving her emotionally abandoned, left to care for her dad, bullied at school, she accidentally finds a “rabbit hole” and makes a couple friends in the past. Too young to realize the impact she talks about her experience, resulting in counseling. I love how she gradually realizes she is going back in time and has to be careful not to bring her world back to frighten them.
She is captured one visit by raiding Vikings and is claimed by the Jarl Eirik. I am so tickled to tell you our dear author created a perfectly imperfect, thoughtful, caring, intelligent, smoldering hot alpha male. Unlike most of the books lately that think all a guy needs is a bossy attitude and a lot of money to be an alpha, Eirik isn’t a douche!
I won’t give any spoilers but I loved everything in this book, Do yourself a favor and read this one.
I have to say that normally I don't really like time travel romance because it's really quite unbelievable. I have to say that I was just wowed by this book. The book is told entirely in Paige's perspective and I loved how I really got to understand what Paige is going through. You really saw inside the mind of a 20 year old who is experiencing love for the first time. It was quite a sweet, slow, and steady romance. I would DEFINTELY read something else by her.