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Dolores A. McCabe has been many things to many people. But underlying everything, she is a writer, an observer of people and events, and a detail-oriented craftsman. This book, the second of four, each one structured around one of the four alchemic elements, has been the product of a lifetime of research. NORTHWIND is set with the imagery of wind and storm and covers one generation of history during the exciting, anarchic era of the Viking Age.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (February 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142590646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425906467
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,087,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moira is a handful. The spirited and fractious daughter of Donough lives with her older sister Rea and her aged father. The girls bicker and dream of their futures, until a Viking raid upon Lairge disrupts their peaceful lives forever. Moira is taken away by Eirik Ivarsson. After a tumultuous clash of cultures that estranges them, they finally achieve common ground to build a future upon. Unfortunately, Eirik is hot-tempered, and he is forced to flee Norway. He leaves Moira and their son Gyle with his sister Halva, promising to return for them. A year goes by. Then Eirik and his half-brother, Harald, return for Moira, kidnapping her from their sister's home, forcing her to leave Gyle behind. They take to the rivers with Jarl, Harald's older brother, to make their fortunes. Through a series of adventures and misadventures, they travel from Hedeby down the Dnieper to the fabled Constantinople, and eventually back home to Norway.

But a dark destiny overshadows the Ivarsson House. Harald is hopelessly in love with Moira. Their ways are very different from hers, and the brothers have great difficulty understanding her. Moira understands much more than the brothers suspect, and chooses the only path that will lead to peace, thereby confusing them even more. She longs for home, but the definition of that word means something different for each of them. Together, they ride the Northwind, seeking their place in a very tumultuous and hostile world.

NORTHWIND is a deceptively simple story. It is a love story, but it is more than a love story. It is a hard, unforgiving look at a time in history where human life was up for grabs and so very cheap.
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This was an excellent book, certainly a keeper. It is so much more than a simple romance novel. It takes an honest look at a time in history when life was not particulary kind, especially to women. Moira was taken away from everything that she'd known and forced to live among strangers that did not understand or accept her. She manages to survive and adjust to an extent, but suffers in various ways constantly. She is an outsider and always remains so, even her children seem strangers to her. Moira is loved, but in a destructive kind of way. Eirik and Harald bounce restlessly around the world, dragging Moira and her children with them. She seeks peace and happiness in a place she could call her own, but although simple, this is completely out of her reach. Years pass. This book is not a "happily ever after" kind of book. It's up to the reader to figure out if Moira finds what she is looking for at the end. I loved it. I would compare it to "Winter Serpent" by Maggie Davis-another excellent novel.
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You know what I can't get over, the h is hurt and has wandered off, and what does the hero and his brother do? They leave her and say, we'll come back to find her. Mind you they won't be back until months later. Does that sound very romantic or caring to you? obviously neither of them cared about this girl.
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