Madeline (Maddie to her friends), an Australian history teacher, travels
to York, England, to visit her friend Amber who is working there with a
team of archaeologists unearthing Viking relics. They share a passion
for the Viking Age, and both studied the Old Norse language. About to
take part in a re-enactment at the Viking village and wearing typical
clothes worn by a Viking woman, they are swept back in time to the town
of Jorvik, a thriving trading town, as York was in the year 879 AD.
Maddie meets Norse trader Erik and is stunned by his uncanny
resemblance to the Viking she has been dreaming of. When Amber is
kidnapped, Maddie persuades Erik to help her find her friend. Their
journey takes them across to France and to Rouen, then further inland.
They encounter misadventures on their perilous journey. Erik risks
everything to aid Madeline in her quest. And the fear is always there;
will she stay in the past to share her hero’s life, or be snatched back
to her own time?
totally caught up in this story. Time travel is such an unbelievable concept
and I often have trouble following it in a story. I thought Tricia McGill wove
a colorful tapestry of time travel. One that makes the reader believe it is
possible. The characters are so realistic and have such depth to their
character. I was drawn to them and wanted to find out if Maddie could ever find
Amber and what she would choose to do about Erik.
romance that blooms between Erik and Maddie is pure and sweet. When they
finally made love, I wept with joy. I wasn’t sure if Maddie would stay with
Erik or return home with Amber if they found her. The waiting almost did me in.
I can’t tell you what happens, but I laughed and cried to the final page.
masterfully woven tale that transcends the boundaries of time.