Far After Gold
This is an unashamedly romantic tale set in 10th century Scotland. Our heroine, Emer, has been kidnapped from her island home, Pabaigh, by Viking raiders. In the Dublin slave market, she is purchased by the “silver-gilt”-haired Flane Kentilsson, and is immediately torn between “terror and fascination” as he takes her to his settlement in the West Highlands to be his “bed slave”.
It’s not a case of will they fall in love, but when, and what are they to do, because Flane is already promised to the beautiful, spoilt Katla, only daughter of the chieftain of the settlement—and of course, will Emer ever see her beloved Pabaigh and her family again?
Flane and Emer frequently come across as rather too 21st century. She is as accommodating of his pagan faith as he is of her Christianity, and the portrayal of life in the Viking community veers towards the rose-tinted.
However, this story has plenty of sexy romance, a bickering, bantering hero and heroine, a hissable villain, an orphan boy (with an appealing dog!) and beautiful scenery. Just the thing for a cold winter evening!