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Sandra goes scores a bullseye!
on 13 March 2003
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.