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THE HEART’S WARRIOR
LEIGH BALE
ISBN#: 1-60154-238-0
May 2008
The Wild Rose Press
www.thewildrosepress.com
E-Book
$6.00
292 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Kersten is also known as The Witch of Moere. She is a healer not a witch and also a warrior determined to help protect her family against its enemies. The beautiful young woman has lost her mother, brother, nephews, and a fiancé to the war.

Jonas is also known as Strong Arm or the Beast of Hawkscliffe. His scars from a horrible fire repulse most women, but he still longs for a home and family away from the wars.

To seal an alliance between the two families, Kersten and Jonas are forced to marry each other. Kersten believes herself in love with Elezer, the man she was betrothed to before the king made this alliance, but is strongly attracted to her new husband. She swears her loyalty to him, but neither he nor his people trust her. This could lead to a miserable existence if she survives at all. She is determined to win over her husband and his people.

I really enjoyed this trip into Viking times. The author describes the settings and people so well, I felt like I was there with them. Kersten is a great character, better educated than most women of her time and a skilled healer. She is wrongly accused of killing her fiancé, Bjorn, Jonas’ elder brother which makes it difficult for her in her new home. Jonas is a very attractive character despite his scars, but both he and Kersten are strong willed and hard headed, making their relationship difficult. Elezer and his insinuations do not help matters. Their attraction to each other helps them overcome their problems, but the war between Hakon and his brother is another complication. I do not read Viking era stories often, but if they were all like this one, it would be one of my favorites.

Maura
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