First Line Friday (week 296): To Love a Viking

Posted June 30, 2022 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, Heather Day Gilbert, historical, romance / 10 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of To Love a Viking by Heather Day Gilbert & Jen Cudmore. Isn’t that cover stunning?!?

and the first line of the prologue is…

The Vikings had returned.


Get swept up in an enthralling new romance series featuring women who rule the hearts of Viking men.

Forced into a financially advantageous marriage that spirals into a nightmare, Ellisif cannot help but imagine what might have been and ache for what was lost. The only lights in her life are her daughters and the friendships she’s forged with the household servants.

Though seven years have passed since Ellisif wed another man, Dagar still cannot forget the woman who captured his youthful heart. As the Viking warrior battles for his country’s future, he finds himself entangled in a personal war for Ellisif’s freedom that could cost his family their reputation and standing with the king. If he risks all, can he save the woman whose face still haunts his dreams? And if given another chance, will she choose him?

Escaped slave Inara is determined to start a new life. Under the guidance of warrior and shipbuilder Håkon, her sword skill grows, as does her confidence that the Viking men will accept her as a warrior in her own right.

When she is selected to lead a perilous rescue mission to protect Ellisif, Inara finds herself blindsided by feelings for Håkon…and by threats to her freedom far closer than she feared. As dreams and desires collide, she wrestles against the lies holding her captive. Can she conquer her doubts before all that she’s hoped for slips from her hands?

Written by award-winning historical author Heather Day Gilbert and fresh voice Jen Cudmore, two love stories entwine in this sweeping Viking-era romance, the first novel in the Tavland Vikings series.

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10 responses to “First Line Friday (week 296): To Love a Viking

  1. Gloria A

    This looks like a good book. I am reading Critical Alliance by Elizabeth Goddard. The first lines are:
    Her world was spinning out of control. Correction. Not her world-her body.

  2. The beginning does have a certain pull to it. I want to know if the Viking’s return is a good or a bad thing.

  3. Hello!
    I’m just starting Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham. So far, I’m loving it!
    “A firm peck to his nose startled him from his rest. His eyes flew open. A rooster, red and large, hovered above him.”
    Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of relaxing reading time!

  4. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line comes fro Hope Beyond the Waves by Heidi Chiavaroli.
    Osterville, Massachusetts April, 1993

    I stand rigid, arms pinned to m6 sides as my mother wraps me in a loose hug in Gram’s foyer.

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