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Feature book: Norse Jewel

8 October 2014

Norse JewelNorse Jewel by Gina Conkle

Helena, a Frankish woman, promised in marriage to Guerin, was taken when her village was raided by Danes and she is being held in the markets to be sold as a thrall (slave). Luckily for her, a Norse chieftain, Hakan, sees her anguish and decides to help her by purchasing her to run his farm. Helena’s father was an apothecary and she is quite good with medicinal remedies, dyes and sewing, but hopeless with cooking.

Hakan is a Norse chieftain and warrior, and friend to the King. He’s fought many campaigns for Olof, his king, and wishes to retire to his farm and settle down. He has a son, Erik, from a marriage that his wife dissolved when she realised he didn’t want to continue to earn wealth and status as a warrior. He’s a fair man but wary of women after his experiences with his ex-wife, Astrid. She is keeping his son away from him and demanding more and more from him in payment for the consideration of seeing Erik.

Helena and Hakan have a rough road to travel to happily ever after. Hakan’s a man wanting to change his life from battling to farming, but Olof needs him to continue battling. He wants to see his son, farm some land and enjoy a family even though he is wary of women. Helena wants to return to her Frankish village. She pines for her freedom and fortunately speaks enough Norse to converse with Hakan. Hakan has a soft heart but firm hand and he and Helena verbally battle. Over the course of the book Helena and Hakan come to enjoy each other’s company, respect each other’s talents and skills and build a relationship neither is sure is reciprocated.

This book was very enjoyable. The characters are likeable and the general day-to-day tasks that they perform make the story feel real. The environments are believable and the respect shown to Helena by Hakan adds to the enjoyment of the story. This is not an erotic book, so there’s no hot-Viking-sex-a-plenty, but it is a lovely tale of a man who wants to change his life, an independent women who intrigues him and their life together. It’s not a story where the couple comes together by the middle of the book, this one is more like a Jane Austen where the HEA comes at the end; you’ll like it.

Reviewed by Gina G

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

  1. 9 October 2014 2:35 am

    Thanks for the review Gina G. I had a smile, since I’m finishing up Norse Fire. I appreciate your kind review.

  2. 8 October 2014 6:19 pm

    This sounds a very interesting book thanks for the review Gina

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