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Blog Tour: Whisper of the Runes – Christina Courtenay*

Read my review of The Whisper of the Runes

Time is no barrier for a love that is destined to be.
She couldn’t be sure that she had travelled through time … but deep down she just knew.
And her only way back had just disappeared.
When jewellery designer Sara Mattsson is propelled back to the ninth century, after cutting herself on
a Viking knife she uncovers at an archaeological dig, she is quick to accept what has happened to her.
For this is not the first Sara has heard of time travel.
Although acutely aware of the danger she faces when she loses the knife – and with it her way to return to her own time – this is also the opportunity of a lifetime. What better way to add authenticity to the Viking and Anglo-Saxon motifs used in her designs?
As luck has it, the first person Sara encounters is Rurik Eskilsson, a fellow silversmith, who is also no
stranger to the concept of time travel. Agreeing that Sara can accompany him to Jorvik, they embark on a journey even more perilous than one through time. But Fate has brought these two kindred spirits together across the ages for a reason…

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Christina Courtenay writes historical romance, time slip and time travel stories, and lives in Herefordshire (near the Welsh border) in the UK. Although born in England, she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden – hence her abiding interest in the Vikings. Christina is a
former chairman of the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association and has won several awards, including
the RoNA for Best Historical Romantic Novel twice with Highland Storms (2012) and The Gilded Fan (2014). Whispers of the Runes (time travel published by Headline 24th June 2021) is her latest novel. Christina is a keen amateur genealogist and loves history and archaeology (the armchair variety).


Giveaway to Win a signed copy of Whispers of the Runes plus a pair of silver Viking style
earrings (Open INT)

My thoughts: this was really enjoyable, Sara was friends with Linnea, the protagonist of The Whisper of the Runes, so she isn’t too frightened when she finds herself in the past with a hunky Norseman. They travel to Jorvik, modern day York, with a bunch of raiders, not that they’re given much choice. Together they plan to return to Sara’s time but in the meantime they begin to build a life.

I really like these books, they’re a fun blend of romance and history, the writing draws you in to the story and the characters keep you engaged. The plot was interesting and I like the way the characters have to adapt to living in different centuries – I’m not sure I could do it with such ease.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book book exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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