#Blogtour #Review: Whispers of the Runes by Christina Courtenay @PiaCCourtenay @HeadlineFiction @rararesources #WhispersOfTheRunes
Release date - 24th June 2021
Book length - 272 pages
Publisher - Headline
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I want to thank Rachel from www.rachelsrandomresources.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Time is no barrier for a love that is destined to be.
When jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the ninth century, after cutting herself on a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig, she is quick to accept what has happened to her. For this is not the first Sara has heard of time travel.
Although acutely aware of the danger she faces when she loses the knife - and with it her way to return to her own time - this is also the opportunity of a lifetime. What better way to add authenticity to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon motifs used in her designs?
As luck has it, the first person Sara encounters is Rurik Eskilsson, a fellow silversmith, who is also no stranger to the concept of time travel. Agreeing that Sara can accompany him to Jorvik, they embark on a journey even more perilous than one through time. But Fate has brought these two kindred spirits together across the ages for a reason...
The third book in this exciting time-slip series, WHISPERS OF THE RUNES by Christina Courtenay, is everything I wanted it to be and more.
When Sarah finds herself transported back in time, she isn't unduly shocked and is determined to make the most of her time there, learning about the Viking world, specifically their talents in design. And when she finds what she needs to transport her back to her own time, she will have learned firsthand everything she needs to know to make her own jewellery authentic. It's all quite simple really.
Rurik understands heartache and hardship in ways that Sarah could never imagine, but when he stumbles across this strange girl with her strange clothes, he understands what has happened to her and feels the need to keep an eye on her, even if it is begrudgingly at first. As they travel together and danger begins to thwart their adventure, a gentle heat slowly starts to build. But how can they ever be more? Has fate placed them together or will fate tear them apart?
A time-slip romance that will effortlessly transport you to a different place and time, WHISPERS OF THE RUNES, is brimming with detail perfectly woven throughout the story so that you can picture it all in your mind's eye like a movie. The characters are likeable and strong-willed, which I love, and it was such a pleasure to watch them learn to trust each other with their hearts. With plenty of excitement and danger along the way, this historical romance has something for everyone, and as soon as I turned the final page, I wanted more.
WHISPERS OF THE RUNES by Christina Courtenay is the kind of story that you want to curl up on the couch with and savour, and I cannot wait for more from this talented author.
Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England, she is half Swedish and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan and she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East and other parts of the world.
Christina is a former Chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association and has won several of their prizes - the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy for a historical short story in 2001, the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2006 and the RoNA for Best Historical in 2012 and 2014 (see below).
Her debut novel Trade Winds, a historical romance and adventure story, was short-listed for the Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, received the Best Historical Fiction prize for the Big Red Read 2011. Her novels Highland Storms and The Gilded Fan both won the RoNA (Romantic Novelists Association Award) for Best Historical Romantic Novel (Highland Storms in 2012 and The Gilded Fan in 2014), while The Silent Touch of Shadows (time slip) won the Festival of Romance award for Best Historical in 2013.
Christina also writes contemporary YA and New England Rocks was shortlisted for the RoNAs in the YA category in 2014. (The second book in the series, New England Crush, was published under a different name - Pia Fenton.)
As well as her novels, Christina has had four Regency novellas published, all available in Large Print and as ebooks.
Her hobbies include genealogy, archaeology (the armchair variety), listening to loud rock music and collecting things. She loves dogs, reading and chocolate.
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Website - www.christinacourtenay.com
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