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Beautiful writing but a few things felt off...
Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2018
I am so torn about how to feel about this book. Its probably more of a 3.5 stars. First, it made me FEEL intensely. The writing was just gorgeous, at times it was so beautiful I was breathless. The historical accuracy was WONDERFUL and I feel like I've finally read a book set in Viking times but not about raiders. I love this time period but am less interested in pillaging and more interested in home life. If you also want a peek into this world, this is the book for you. It's also why I'll probably read book 2 even though this book rubbed me wrong a bit.
Okay, my biggest gripe is that the angst to payoff was really off balance for me. *Spoilers ahead* I feel like I spent a half day after finishing just reminding myself that everything turned out okay. I still don't really believe it bc they resolution, their marriage, etc was so rushed and fraught right up to end scene. I would have loved more actual LOVE scenes and less pining. The heroine was a bit over the top obsessed with him imho. A few loose threads also nagged me - What were those two men going to do with her? What was up with landing in early 1900s at first? The whole beginning was very confusing trying to even understand what the future world was like, was the environment totally uninhabitable?
Just a few thoughts. Overall, I enjoyed the experience of reading it but felt bugged by the fact it kind of left me in an irritated mood for several hours after reading.