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Echoes of the Runes by Christina Courtenay

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Headline
Source: Love Books Group
Amazon, Hive

About The Book

When Mia inherits her beloved grandmother’s summer cottage, Birch Thorpe, in Sweden, she faces a dilemma. Her fiance Charles urges her to sell and buy a swanky London home, but Mia cannot let it go easily. The request to carry out an archaeological dig for more Viking artefacts like the gold ring Mia’s grandmother also left her, offers her a reprieve from a decision – and from Charles.
Whilst Mia becomes absorbed in the dig’s discoveries, she finds herself drawn to archaeologist Haakon Berger. Like her, he can sense the past inhabitants whose lives are becoming more vivid every day. Trying to resist the growing attraction between them, Mia and Haakon begin to piece together the story of a Welsh noblewoman, Ceri, and the mysterious Viking, known as the ‘White Hawk’, who stole her away from her people in 869 AD.
As the present begins to echo the past, and enemies threaten Birch Thorpe’s inhabitants, they will all have to fight to protect what has become most precious to each of them…


My Thoughts

How about a trip to the past thanks to a mysterious ring?
This is the story of Mia, she has just lost her grandmother’s cottage that will lead her to the most amazing travel of her life, the past! Yes, I know it may seem curious, thanks to a beautiful ring she inherited from her grandmother she will see fragments from the past, the life of Ceri, a Welsh woman in the 9th century. You will want to know which is the relation between these two women, but you’ll have to read the book to have your answers!
I was attached to this story, I like stories from the past that connect with the present, in this case a Viking settlement from the 9th century, with some interesting characters and a really beautiful story. You can expect that Mia will start searching for more information about the story she is seeing and why she is connected to them, making the reader wanting to know more too.
I loved how the story seemed so real, told between the past and the present, the story never felt boring or unreal, you feel transported to the story since the beginning and connected to the characters.
This had been a lovely read, romantic and interesting, I felt like the author had done a really good job with the historic details, it was interesting discovering facts about the vikings! 😉
Echoes of the Runes is the read that will make you travel without moving from the sofa! Ready?


About The Author

Christina Courtenay lives in Herefordshire and is married with two children. Although born in England, she is half Swedish and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan and she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East and other parts of the world.
Christina is a former Chairman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several of their prizes – the Elizabeth Goudge Trophy for a historical short story in 2001, the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2006 and the RoNA for Best Historical in 2012 and 2014 (see below).
Her debut novel Trade Winds, a historical romance and adventure story, was short-listed for the Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction 2011. Her second novel, The Scarlet Kimono, received the Best Historical Fiction prize for the Big Red Read 2011. Her novels Highland Storms and The Gilded Fan both won the RoNA (Romantic Novelists Association Award) for Best Historical Romantic Novel (Highland Storms in 2012 and The Gilded Fan in 2014), while The Silent Touch of Shadows (time slip) won the Festival of Romance award for Best Historical in 2013.
Christina also writes contemporary YA and New England Rocks was shortlisted for the RoNAs in the YA category in 2014. (The second book in the series, New England Crush, was published under a different name – Pia Fenton.)
As well as her novels, Christina has had four Regency novellas published, all available in Large Print and as ebooks.
Her hobbies include genealogy, archaeology (the armchair variety), listening to loud rock music and collecting things. She loves dogs, reading and chocolate.