With so many of the writers in the romance field today opting for the lighter touch, a person that loves sweeping, gritty historical drama is finding it harder to discover such strong realism and historical details in historical romance... (Oh, where is Katherine Deauxville???
Susan Squires weaves a strong period drama about the Vikings and Danes that were in East Angelia, and since that is one of my home-bases, I was thrilled to see someone writing about this period of history.
She writes with a passion unafraid to take on the dark history of that era, with details and history so strong you will feel you lived it. So if you like your historical with more 'meat to the bone', pay attention to this new writer in the field.
Britta is a healer, but she lives haunted by events that shaped her world five years ago, when she was held captive for three days and raped. Now she prefers to be alone, but she cannot ignore the pain of another, the pain of Karn. A Viking invader, he is the only man left in his party. Taken captive, wounded and near dying, Britta tries to heal him, but it requires a lot from her since Karn had been raped by the same captors who held Britta five years before. She takes him away to an island and he begins to recover, and during this recovering they slowly learn to trust each other, and in some ways, mend the deep mental wounds in the others. Too soon they are drive apart, made to flee the island, but fate once against brings them together.
Some people will have problems with the rape scenes, male and female, but Squires is painting a very violent period and she does not do this for sensationalism, but depicts the violence of the dark ages in realistic terms seldom seen in today's romance market. It is so rich in history, in a book where the writer does not pull any punches.
Please note Danelaw is the sequel to this.