- File Size: 2794 KB
- Print Length: 183 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (August 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B014CGP84K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Maddie and the Norseman Kindle Edition
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But things begin to go wrong. Amber is kidnapped, and Maddie must find her. In this, Erik helps her, for love has kindled between them. Their search takes them to Rouen, France, but they are unsuccessful. Mddie fears that Amber may return to their own time,and they will forever be separated. Now a boatload of challenges face Maddie. How and when will she find Amber again? She wonders if Erik cares enough for her to join his life with hers. Does she love Erik enough to stay in his time period?
The author apparently did a vast amount of research and has writeen a fast-moving novel with many well-developed charaters. I highly recommend this time trave romance.
I have to say that time travel romance is not my genre and that might affect my judgment on the story. I didn’t find Maddie’s motivation and reactions believable at times, and *spoiler alert* I didn’t find it believable that Maddie’s friend Amber would return to the future without saying good bye.
However, if you’re a fan of time travel romance, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this story as it certainly does bring you back to Viking life in the 9th century.
Maddie and the Norseman begins in modern day York.
I really enjoyed the description which takes place in Maddie’s dream. “Light and slender, the body of the ship gave way with the movement of the sea….
“Suddenly, a large rock seemed to grow up from the sea, dark, menacing and dangerous – towering over the ship. Maddie held her breath, but not from fear”
Still in her dream, Maddie turns her head and sees him clearly and sees him mouth her name. “Tall as an oak, the man who constantly filled her dreams stood out against the sky – hair flying behind him, those magnificent eyes of his clashing with hers.”
From then on I wanted to read Maddie and The Norseman’s story in this fascinating time slip, romantic novel.
Maddie, a 32-year old history teacher from Australia, and her friend Amber, who is working on Viking excavations, are fascinated by Viking history. Both of them studied the old Norse language, which enables them to communicate when they are transported back in time to Jorvik - the Viking name for York, dressed as Viking women for the re-enactment society that they are members of.
I compliment McGill on her knowledge about Vikings, and her ability to recreate their world in Maddie and The Norseman. I also compliment her on writing a novel with a spirited heroine and an admirable hero, who does not take advantage of Maddie. Of course, he is suspicious of the woman from the future, but only time will tell whether or not he accepts the truth, after many conflicts and danger.
When I reached the last pages with a satisfying ending, I wanted to read more.
I hope McGill will write another novel set in the Viking era.
Well. I hate to say this, but I find I have lost hours on a book that was bland. No depth to it, characters were one-dimensional and not developed.
The blurb sounded interesting. It even started out interesting. Then... it wasn't. At all.
Maddie and Amber share a love and knowledge of Norse history. They find some necklaces that take them back in time. So far, so good. Maddie meets the 'man of her dreams' - literally. She met the man she always dreamt about. The fact that he wasn't an endearing character from the start didn't bother me. I've read other books where the hero was rude but then did a 180. But in this book that didn't happen. So, he may have stopped being rude but he was... boring. The chemistry between the characters was not there. I kept on reading, thinking it will change. Nope. After Amber disappears, Maddie practically begs Erik to help her, and he does. Their journey? Boring. I really didn't understand the meaning of it. Nothing interesting happened. They just kept on walking, then slept then turned back, then they sailed off, then Maddie stayed with Erik's mom and the two kids that got saddled with her. Because really, what was the point of Anya and the baby being in this story, I will never know. Anya was actually annoying, so that's the only feeling it evoked in me. Nothing else.
Maybe my review makes no sense, no rhyme or reason but truth be told, this story made no sense either. Amber was found, if you were wondering. Then she left, returned to the 21st century, leaving Maddie behind, to stay with her dream man.
After 80%, I skipped and the ending left me regret ever starting it, in the first place. I hate coming off as harsh but this is not a book I recommend. 1 star.