Series: Éire's Viking #2
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by The Writer's Coffee Shop on January 23rd 2014
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Beginning ten years after the end of Éire’s Captive Moon, this is the story of how Agnarr Halvardson returns to Éire with the intention of settling there, marrying, and siring sons.
It is also the story of Aislinn, who was a child in Ragor when the Northmen raided eleven summers prior but is now a working physician in her own right. She spent a year in Bangor Monastery and became a Christian before Cowan and Charis returned to take the children to Cowan’s village in the kingdom of Dál Fiatach and returns there a decade later to finish learning all she can from the monks about their healing practices.
When Cowan brings her a patient, injured and temporarily unable to speak, she can’t help but find the strong, tall man attractive, even if such feelings unsettle her.
Although sparks fly immediately, Agnarr’s idea of wedding Aislinn—the physician who heals him when he is injured—is hampered by many factors, including language and cultural differences. There is also the matter that he is the man who kidnapped and enslaved Charis years before.
Believing strongly that God gave Agnarr to her as a patient, though, Aislinn does her best. Her knowledge of who he is wars with her unwilling attraction to him. That he makes his interest in her clear doesn’t help, as he goes so far as to seek her father’s permission to wed her. Can she forgive him for what he did to her village? Can she love him if she does? And will she be willing to accept a life at Agnarr’s side even if he does not love her?
Meanwhile, other raiders from the North come to Éire’s green coasts. Pledging his loyalty to the new king, Muiredach of Dál Fiatach, Agnarr prepares to defend his new home.
First of all, I’d like to say that Eire’s Viking by Sandi Layne, the second book in the Eire’s Viking Trilogy, was a good read. It was a pleasure spending a few minutes each day reading about the trials and tribulations of Agnarr and Aislinn. The story was engaging and the characters, both primary and secondary, were relatable. The plot was well-paced, and so it was easy for me to remain engaged from the beginning to the end of the story. Agnarr and Aislinn were both likeable characters and I enjoyed following them on their journeys apart and finally together.
Agnarr was an outcast in a new land, and I thought Layne did a commendable job showing how difficult it was for him to fit in. As a reader, I was able to sympathize with Agnarr as he grappled with a new language and religion. He also struggled with gaining the trust of not only his future in-laws and the villagers, but also the trust and respect of Aislinn. As for Aislinn, she was very reluctant to trust Agnarr due to something he’d done to her and her family in the past. So while Aislinn was attracted to Agnarr, she was very cautious and rightfully so. I won’t reveal why because I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.
The romance was slow and sweet between Aislinn and Agnarr. There were no declarations of love between the two within days of knowing each other, and that is why I didn’t find it hard to root for them to find the happiness they craved with one another. The attraction between Aislinn and Agnarr was there from the very beginning, but there were a few obstacles that slowed down any inroads they made in their relationship. It was a slow progression from strangers, to friendship, and finally to love. They first had to build trust and respect with one another, before they allowed themselves to fall in love. And there is nothing wrong with a slow build. I find I enjoy those kinds of romances the best. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover)