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Widowed Australian, Madeline, is in York, England, to visit her archaeologist friend Amber. Fostered together when young, they share a fascination for the Viking period and studied the Old Norse language.
They are swept back to Jorvik, as York was named in 879AD, then a thriving trading town. Norse trader, Erik, bears an uncanny resemblance to the lover of Maddie’s dreams. When Amber is kidnapped, Erik agrees to track her down. Their journey takes them across to France and to Rouen then further inland, with many mishaps and adventures along the way. Erik risks everything to aid Madeline in her quest.
“Wake up, Maddie.” Amber’s worried plea came to Maddie through a haze. Somewhere at the back of her consciousness she remembered hearing that same plea before.
Ah yes, she was dreaming again.
For some reason this thought brought comfort. Maddie blinked and opened her eyes, and all comforting feelings fled. She wasn’t in Amber’s tiny flat. Wasn’t even in the twenty-first century. Maddie groaned as she sat up, her fingers sliding along the dirt floor. That was enough to remind her of their situation. The two Norsemen were staring at her as if she’d grown two heads.
“Did I faint?” she mumbled, and Amber nodded. She looked stunned and blatantly terrified. “Oh God, Amber, you know why, don’t you?”
“I have a pretty fair idea.” Amber’s voice quivered. “He looks like your dream hunk, doesn’t he?”
Maddie put a hand to her head and rose onto her knees. Amber helped her onto the bench. “I can’t take this in. What’s going on?” Maddie knew a touch of hysteria flavoured her question.
“Be blowed if I know.” Amber clutched at her elbows as she folded her arms across her chest.
Their jeweller friend offered Maddie a goblet, saying, “Drink this. And please speak in our tongue.” It was an order, for all he’d delivered it in a kindly tone. “I suppose all this has been overwhelming for you.”
That was an understatement if ever there was one.
“Yes. It’s not every day one gets taken up by the gods and tossed into an unknown place.” How she’d managed to get that out she didn’t know. Her dream man was scowling at her and Amber as if they were freaks. She took a sip of the drink; it was some sort of wine, very sweet, but tasty.
“The gods?” the newcomer asked, his voice rumbling over Maddie like a well-remembered lullaby. But that was odd, for she couldn’t recall ever hearing him speak in her dreams.
“They say they come from a far place,” the jeweller said, shrugging. He pulled the necklaces from his pocket and held one in each palm, his thumbs brushing over the small droplets that had caused all this trauma. Maddie cringed. But nothing monumental happened. “They say Thor sent a storm raging overhead, and as they both touched these talismans they were somehow transported here.” He gestured to the doorway. “Into my workshop—with copies of work I have only recently finished.”
His visitor looked sceptical—and who could blame him? “What nonsense. They are obviously thieves.”
Well, that was nice of him.
“You did not believe this fanciful tale did you, Ivar?”
Ivar. So that was his name. At least she could now stop calling him the jeweller in her mind. “It’s not a tale. It’s the truth, I swear by the gods,” Maddie said earnestly, hoping it was all right to swear by gods she didn’t believe in. If Thor really existed and Odin really travelled about these parts on Sleipnir, his eight-legged horse, then perhaps she was heading for Niflheim, their version of hell.
The big man didn’t look convinced. “You say these are copies?” He jerked his head towards the necklaces in his friend’s palms.
“Yes.” Ivar looked puzzled again. “And this is the strangest part. I sold one piece only recently to a trader who left on the morning tide a few sunrises ago, and the other one...”
As if an idea had just occurred to him, he went out to his workroom. When he came back after a moment he looked stunned. He offered something to his visitor; Maddie saw it was another necklace. “That is the same pattern as the one I sold.” He gave him one of their necklaces, and as his friend dangled them from his fingers while he examined both, Ivar rubbed at his face—probably more confused than ever.
Her Viking had very large hands—in fact everything about him was larger than life. Didn’t that happen in fantasies though? Hair the colour of corn reached his shoulders. His beard of the same colour was kept trimmed like Ivar’s.
I have this fascination for a handsome Scot in a kilt, and have no idea where it stems from--perhaps from my Scottish forebears? One of my brothers joined a Highland regiment although we were Londoners, and I know he wore a magnificent tartan kilt for regimental occasions. My Highland Love was one of my most enjoyable writing tasks, as I loved returning to the past and meeting up with Travis again. I fall in love with all of my heroes of course, but Travis holds a special place in my heart. Could one of my past lives have been spent with such a man? Maybe that’s why I couldn’t resist the urge to return to that period
“Designing Heart flows smoothly, quickly and easily as Tricia McGill delivers passion, warmth and strong family values in this fresh romance that touches your heart. This book is an emotionally satisfying read. Designing Heart is Tricia McGill’s sixth published novel.” --Jan Springer, Love Through A Stranger’s Eyes Wings ePress; August 2002
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"AUTUMN FIRE is an unforgettable love story that I didn’t want to end and when it did, I wanted to start reading it again. Tess Barrett is a wonderful heroine who has to regain her self-esteem and learn to love again. Jack Donovan is a man sure of what he wants and doesn’t mind using everything in his power to get it."-- Hattie Boyd for Word Museum
"LOOK INTO YOUR HEART is a wonderfully written love story. This romantic situation takes place in Australia and the flavor of the dialogue is most captivating. With each new sentence being spoken by the characters, I found myself caught in an enchanting whirlwind of hearing their charming voices. It was an endearing quality which I enjoyed so much. Tricia McGill has the precise recipe for romance and intrigue all within the pages of this expertly written novel." -- Patti Fleishman--In The Library Reviews
“A charming country setting, some cheeky kids, two amusing dogs, and a cast of other secondary characters help to build the romantic tension to a crescendo. A Lonely Heart tenderly builds up a romance between a man with a chip on his shoulder and the woman destined to win his heart. It’s a pure and gentle romance that will surely please the romance genre purists, along with just about any other romance fan out there.” -- 4 angels from Sarah W at Fallen Angel reviews. A Lonely Heart—Oct 06
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“SHRINKING VIOLET by Tricia McGill is a delightfully funny, romantic story. The constant escapades that poor Violet and Sean end up in, will entertain you and the evocative love that flows between them will delight you.
Book Publisher: Wings ePress
No. of Pages: 270
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