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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beyond a Viking Horizon by Tami Dee

Beyond a Viking Horizon by Tami Dee
Mists of Time Viking Series Book Three
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Genre: Time Travel, historical, sci-fi/fantasy
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Balmung Nabbodderson is a man whose feet are as firmly planted in the year 908 as the roots of his thriving crops.

Until, that is, he makes an unexpected discovery within the very soil he had vowed never to leave…

Iris Johnson is a woman of color living in the time of the Great Depression. Suddenly widowed, she is left to raise four children against all odds.

With the security and well being for her children her utmost concern, will she be able to trust and open her heart to a man who claims to have come from a Time one thousand years past?

I love time travel stories, and Beyond a Viking Horizon by Tami Dee is a pretty good one. My favorite aspect of the story was the characters.

Iris Johnson, a young widow, is living in the year 1930 in Denmark. She’s from Chicago and traveled all this way when her husband inherited land. Sadly, he died under suspicious circumstances, leaving Iris and the kids to deal with some very unfriendly people who want them gone. They burn her land. How will she get by? When the nasty neighbors ruin her livelihood, and Iris still refuses to leave, the tension is set up.

In walks Balmung, a handsome Viking from the year 908. What a difference there is between him and Iris. They’re pretty opposite in terms of style, but Balmung is so loveable, it's not suprising that Iris would trust him and like him so quickly. Iris’s home is Balmung’s, just a thousand years apart. He has crossed time for her. He says some great things. His logic is at times humorous and so true.

To add to the intrigue, Iris’s young son is harboring a terrible secret. Poor little guy…a reader feels so sorry for him, for the whole family.

Aspects of this novel are fresh; I hadn’t read them often in the huge amount of books I read. The interracial romance is great. There are some charming scenes with the children, and some surprising turns.

Sometimes, though, I wished for more transitions and descriptions. The writing was distant at times. This is an enjoyable story, but with lots of “telling.” This caused the pacing to slow down in areas. Also, there were many spelling/grammatical errors, but not so much as to interfere with my enjoyment of the story.

I liked the tidbits of history and culture and the moments of humor. Iris is a great character, tough, smart, and independent. The chemistry worked well between our two protagonists. They’re a good match and I liked the great, romantic moments.

Overall, this is an entertaining read that fans of time travel should check out.