5 stars Notes from a Romantic’s Heart—Nancy Fraser
Vikings are a personal favorite of mine, so I was eager to read author Tricia McGill’s take on
the time period. I was not disappointed. Her knowledge of the history is wonderful, as are her
descriptions of both the good and the bad that came with the era.
The scenes set in Celtic/Norse history were well done, as was the notion of Brigid’s sacrifice
to save her fellow townspeople. The fact that she was drawn to someone so dis-similar from
herself was not a surprise, as it’s a genre staple for the historical romance. However, well
written as it was, even the familiar was enjoyable.
I especially enjoyed the contemporary setting and the idea of two reincarnated lovers finding
each other for a second time … true soulmates.
If you enjoy historical romance with an added bit of fantasy (or, reality if you’re a believer),
then you will surely enjoy the latest book by this talented author.
5 stars “Powerful – an excellent word to describe this story.” S. Peters-Davis
Rolf, a valiant Norseman, warrior, and leader of his people, in one lifetime, and a recluse and
artist in another lifetime.
Brigid, a Celt, beautiful daughter of the leader, and captured prisoner, in one lifetime, and an
outgoing, ready-for-life-to-happen woman in another lifetime.
Ms. McGill’s knowledge of Norsemen and Celts accents the historical nuance in Rolf and
Brigid’s story, a thrilling epic love-story. One that I could not put down. Ms. McGill’s
descriptive word usage and the emotional depth of her story-stars drew me along as if I stood
next to Brigid and Rolf through the entire story. A captivating soul-mate tale that will leave
the reader thinking about the story-stars long after the last page is read.
5 stars “Reincarnation and Romance” Rosemary Morris
I enjoy novels with the theme reincarnation, so I chose to read McGill’s novel Powerful
Destiny, which gripped me from the first page to the last.
Part One takes place in Britain circa 850. A.D. when Rolf, a jarl, and his companions raid East
Anglia. They defeat the Celts and search for their women.
Rolf’s men ‘looked at him – the light of eagerness clear on their grim, blood-spattered faces.’
A child ran towards them. Rolf ordered his men not to kill him…it sickened him to see a female
or a child killed for any reason.
Brigid, a Celtic princess, comes out of a cave and challenges him in Norse. ‘In all his travels
Rolf has never seen such a vision of loveliness. He caught his breath, the Celtic female was
only fit to become a slave but, perhaps he could capture her heart.’ He promised neither she
nor the womenfolk would be harmed if they come out of their hiding place. She capitulates
and realises Rolf is not ‘a savage, bloodthirsty animal which rumour claimed’.
From the moment Rolf sets eyes on Brigid he knows she is his destiny. A destiny which does
not end in their present lives but continues in the 21st century in Cornwall.
“From the top of the lighthouse, keeper Rolf stared at the raging sea “as it beat relentlessly
against the rocks, spray rose high in the air.” As a former member of the Merchant Navy, “the
sea held no fear for him. In fact, he’d always loved it and the raw beauty that surrounded his
In a bookshop, he sees a woman whose head is bent over a book. “Long black hair obscured
her face. Even though he felt sure he didn’t know her there seemed to be something familiar
about her.” Rolf and the woman, whose name is Brigid, reach for a book about Vikings. A
small white hand touched Rolf’s. He jumped as though he had received an electric shock.
I congratulate Ms McGill on her creation of a powerful romance that, despite all the setbacks
in a Viking settlement in which an attempt is made to murder Brigid and her reconnection
with Rolf in Cornwall. I look forward to reading more of this talented author’s novels.
A historical-reincarnation story, set in two time periods–the past and the present…
It is 850AD and Norse warrior Rolf lands on the shores of East Anglia determined to take revenge on a Celtic clan. Following a fierce battle, where the Celts are savagely killed, Rolf comes face to face with the daughter of the slain Celtic leader. So stunned by the beauty, along with the courage of Brigid, he is convinced that his Three Fates of Destiny brought them together. Resolved to make this woman his own, he spares the lives of the captured Celtic women and children and takes them back to his homeland across the ocean.
Strangely drawn to the Norseman who is so sure they are destined to be together, Brigid must fight against succumbing to the wishes of the man who killed her father. Nevertheless, to save her fellow Celtic captives from slavery or worse, Brigid must keep a bargain with the Norse leader—a bargain that will see her tied to him forever.
In present-day Cornwall, naturally shy Rolf shares his secluded lighthouse with his wolfhound. An artist, he delights in the rugged scenery and ever-changing weather. While in the nearest bookshop one day, he meets a newcomer to town. Brigid’s unusual personality strikes a chord with him. Not only are both convinced they have met before, but their fascination for Viking and Celtic history forges an unusual bond between them. Outspoken and forthright, Brigid sets out to break down the barrier of reserve and caution Rolf has erected over the years. Is it simply whimsy or can lovers across centuries be reunited?