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Sandra Hill goes for tongue through cheek with this charming book and scores big! This is her best work yet and a definite keeper!
Magnus Ericsson is a simple farmer. He loves the land, how to make things flourish and multiply...oh, boy does he....a father with 11 kids from 4 wives and six lovers and various one night after too much mead stands! Worse, he has no mother for his herd of kiddies after all the parade of females through his life, because they had died or possibly run for their sanity when faces with his rambunctious kiddos. Magnus has just been presented with a baby about a year old, told it's his, so he is somewhat of a joke in his Viking settlement. Taking his pride - and 9 of his children - he boards a longship and heads out to find Vineland in the new country.
Cut to present day, you meet Angela and her grandmother Rose, trying to save their family Vineyard and Winery. They are all that is left of their family. Angela is divorced, working as a real estate salesman just so she can plough the money into saving Blue Dragon Winery, her grandmother's love. Rose wishes for lot of grandchildren, but see no hope as Angela has divorced "the Creep" the year before and shows no interest in men. What a grandmother to do?? She make a wish on her rosary for a big strong man and lots of grandchild...asap please.
Off on the other side of the country, having found Vineland and left in shame because of the kids antics, Magnus and his brood hit a strange fog that seems to have no end. Suddenly they enter a bright area, so blinding, and find they have landed in Holly and Wood a most strange and adventuresome country.
Naturally, Rose's wish has summoned him to where he and the children are very needed, but will Angela wake up and smell the wine??
It is so charming and utterly witty, the droll humour is absolutely brilliant. Considered Hill had to juggle so many secondary characters with the children, you fear the leads would get lost in the stampede. Not. She gives life to the kids of all ages - makes them adorable without being Stephen Spielberg smaltsy - and yet more than deals with the love interest of the leads, is very sexy fashion.
An Absolutely must for Hill fans. For those who have not discovered this wonderful lover of Vikings that refuse to stay in their own time, you cannot do better that this one for an introduction.
Simply divine!!!
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on 21 March 2003
I enjoyed this book from page one to the end, and laughing all the way...I mean 10th Century Viking discover Wallie World...what a howl! Magnus is the brother from Truly Madly Viking and the Last Viking.
Magnus is sort of the joke of his village. He has 13 kids, two have died and he is just marrying off his eldest daughter. We soon begin to understand, that not all these kids are his, but every woman wanting to get rid of her unwanted baby has passed it off as his. But Magnus is not stupid, he just loves his children, though they do drive him - and the village nuts at times. So he takes the A-viking and ends up as his brothers did in present day. Boy when they go A-Viking they really go A-Viking.
In this one he and his 9 kids land in the land of Holly & Wood...and he instantly finds his destiny in Angela the granddaughter of Rose, owner of the Blue Dragon winery. Rose want grandchildren, wants her granddaughter happily married and would like to see the series of accidents reversed so once more the winery can produce wine.
It is charming and so utterly witty! I simply loved this book, the best of Sandra Hill.
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on 4 February 2014
I have never written a review before and I apologise to the poor author, but I felt compelled to shame the publisher Harper Collins. I haven't read the book yet, but I was already disappointed just opening the ebook. At the moment the book has a nice cover (publishers seem to be forever changing covers), but when you open the ebook you don't get the nice cover, you get a bland photo of a first page inside a book. What? Even self publishers usually manage to give their readers an entire book (including a cover) when they produce an ebook. In fact the smaller publishers seem to do things much better. It's big publishers like Harper Collins who are no doubt trying to cut corners and don't care what their customers think that produce cheap looking books. Shame on you Harper Collins. It feels like I bought a new book and before I started reading it someone came over, ripped the cover off and defaced it. Sort yourselves out.
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on 25 January 2010
Just have to agree with the other reviews here - loved this addition to Ms Hill's Viking series, and the third about the Ericsson brothers. Although it appears that Ms Hill never intended to give Magnus his own story I am sure glad she did - not only does it tie off the family aspect to her series but it provides balance. I, for one, was wondering what happened to Magnus once Jorund was abducted by his amorous whale, Thora, in Truly, Madly Viking. This is, perhaps, the weakest of the three stories but Magnus is such a lovely character that I found myself overlooking the weaker aspects (the problems with the Blue Dragon Winery) and really rooting for them. Everything apart from Magnus' and Angela's love story tended to be placed lower down the scale and of less importance but, hey, this is a romance and it was fun. I have all the other Viking books on order now and am looking forward to some serious reading.
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on 29 December 2003
Very funny time travel romance.

Magnus Ericsson, the third brother from "The Last Viking" and "Truly, Madly Viking", was a crude man, a farmer and a father of thirteen children he had had with several wives, mistresses and "passing fancies". Definitely not hero material!

But when he time travelled to the kingdom of "Holly Wood" with nine of his children, he really became Angela's hero.

This is a humorous and sensual tale. The wordplay between the characters is well written and it makes you laugh out loud.

(I read this book in 2003 and wrote this review then.)
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Read this book for a course I was doing and having got over my prejudices at the front cover I enjoyed the book. Sandra Hill is a very funny author
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on 24 November 2014
Arrived in good order thank you.
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