The Quest for Gillian's Heart [MultiFormat]
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eBook by Catherine Snodgrass
eBook Category: Romance/Historical Fiction National Reader's Choice Award Winner, Desert Rose Golden Quill Award Finalist, Sime~Gen Reviewer's Choice Award Winner, EPIC eBook Award Finalist
eBook Description: Andor never believes any woman could grab his heart much less enflame it, until an Irish lass named Gillian comes into his life. Gillian will do all she can to save the child she carries from harm even if that means marrying the leader of the Northmen who ransacked her village and took her captive. Little does she realize that her heart will soon be captive. But "happily ever after" seems never to be when cultures and religions clash, and others want the bride and groom for themselves, people who will stop at nothing--not even murder--to achieve their goals.
eBook Publisher: Amber Quill Press, Published: 2006
Fictionwise Release Date: November 2006
32 Reader Ratings:
"5 Stars!?An entertaining historical romance filled with lusty characters, adventuresome Vikings and lots of action. Snodgrass handles the blending of two cultures complete with varying customs and beliefs between her main characters with ease...an entertaining, fast-paced work filled with plausible well-developed characters, believable circumstances and a rich tapestry of feelings. This page-turner grips the reader from the outset and holds tight as Gillian and Andor begin a life neither of them anticipated. Gillian's mistrust of Andor and his people is something we can identify with, Andor's suspicions are as predictable. The mounting tension between the pair is palpable and creditable...a fine historical romance well worth the read."--Molly Martin, Scribes World
"4 Stars!?Snodgrass writes a lusty, adventurous Viking tale. Andor and Gillian?make a lovely and devout couple when anyone threatens their union."--Rickey R. Mallory, Affaire de Coeur
"4 Stars!?A great story, and the pages turn quickly beneath a reader's fingers?A satisfying read."--April Redmon, Romantic Times
"Immensely satisfying. Gillian is every bit a true heroine, strong but vulnerable, compassionate but a bit impatient. Andor is the stuff heroes are made of--a born leader, sensitive, loyal, caring and strong. The clash of cultures between the two is a fascinating ingredient in the relationship--it certainly adds spice to the chemistry between them and gives the reader some understanding of the times?A richly absorbing romance guaranteed to please all romance lovers."--Romance Reviews Today
"Great Pick!?Andor and Gillian are two courageous, strong, and outspoken people. The differences in their cultures and customs cause serious misunderstandings to occur between them. The story of how they come to know and love each other is complex and entertaining. It will cause you to laugh, and to cry. The cultural richness of this book kept me enthralled. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and love Andor and Gillian. I hope all romance readers will delight in this book as much as I did."--Marilyn Peters, Belles and Beaux of Romance
"4 Stars!?Finalist for the Spring Reviewers Choice Award?The relationship between the two main characters, blocked as it was by ritual and differences in their cultures, was very realistic. The obstacles they had to overcome seemed at time to be impossible. Yet, when they did overcome them, it was not deus ex machina, it was simply the great love the two shared. An excellent romance, well worth reading."--Kara Wolf, Sime~Gen
"Please have a care." Her voice quivered with apprehension. "Be done with me quick and please do not hurt my babe."
Andor leaned up on his elbow. She watched him study her in the pale moonlight for what felt like forever before he finally spoke.
"I have only just lost my wife and the babe she carried. My heart is still too wounded to want another woman."
Her blue eyes flashed open. "But you wed me."
"To protect you from Leif, not to take you to my bed," he replied. "But we will not let the others know our secret or Leif might say our marriage is invalid. Agreed?"
Gillian nodded her consent, and Andor lay back down.
"There is one thing I would like of you," he said.
"May I touch the babe?"
She groped for his hand and placed it on her belly. The baby responded with a kick. Andor jerked back.
Gillian giggled. "'Tis all right." She put his hand back.
Smiling, his fingers followed the movement, softly caressing the mound.
Tears welled up in Gillian's throat. It was so tender a gesture, so unexpected. How had she known what she missed from Evan until this moment? She started to cry for the emptiness of her life with Evan, for the generosity of people who were supposed to be barbarians, and for this man who had lost his beloved wife and child.
Andor gathered her close. "Hush now. All will be well. I meant not to hurt you."
Gillian couldn't speak for her tears. All she could do was put his hand back on her belly and cry against his welcome shoulder.