I just finished reading a historical, (I normally don't read a historical) but I thought this one was quite good. It kept me turning the pages.
Before I say more about the story, I would like to tell you a bit about the author. Emily Bryan writes her historicals under the name of Diana Groe. Before Emily became a writer she was a classically trained soprano who performed operatic roles. She is a dedicated traveler and enjoys visiting new places. If you would like to know more about Emily as Diana visit http://www.dianagroe.com/
Romantic Times BOOKclub says: Diana Groe calls to mind the great mistresses of the genre: Beatrice Small, Virginia Henley and Connie Mason.
Blurb from Erinsong:
An Irish princess. A Viking warrior. His people's raids on her country should have made them bitter enemies. But when he washed up on her beach with no memory of his life, Brenna found herself drawn to the handsome stranger. His kind words and gentle touch helped ease memories of brutality and inflame a passion she never thought possible. She longed for his hands to caress her body the same way they ran over the gleaming wood of his ship. But even their desire can't deny the secrets of the past. And as they travel through the land of Erin on a quest that could change the course of history, long-ago betrayals and treachery threaten to destroy the haven they've found in each other's arms.
This story had a lot of twists and turns to it. Erinsong provided a lot of surprises throughout the story.
A VIKING BY ANY OTHER NAME...
"Is that all I am in your eyes? Just a Northman?" When Brenna tried to pull away, he tugged her in close and cupped her chin. "Can you not say my true name? Not even once?"
He leaned toward her, his deep eyes dark in the moonlight. His mouth was so close, one corner turned slightly up. Brenna gulped, wondering what that mouth might taste like.
"Jorand," she said softly.
The name was nearly swallowed up as his lips covered hers in a kiss both sudden and inevitable. Her first impulse was to pull away, but his mouth beguiled her. It was not the kind of kiss she expected from a man like him.
His mouth was warm and sure, pressing against hers just enough to let her know she'd been kissed before he pulled back. It was as sweet a kiss as she could imagine. A kiss that wanted to give, not take. A kiss that left no bitterness in its wake.
"There now, that wasn't so terrible, was it?" he asked.
"Saying your name or letting you kiss me?"
Her lips twitched in a suppressed smile. "It was tolerable."
"Just tolerable?" He grinned. "I can do better than that."
Like I said, I'm not a reader of historicals, but once in a while I break down and read one. I'm happy to say that I'm not sorry I read Erinsong. It was a wonderful story. Although, it was set in a very different time period the characters and settings came alive on the page. I highly recommend this author to all enthusiastic historical readers.
Have a great week. I'll see you next Sunday.