"an enjoyably offbeat and somewhat whacky Viking tale"
Except for three foolish months as nine year olds,
identical twins Toste and Vagne Ivarsson might as well
have been Siamese because they were never apart for the
thirty-one years they have lived so far. In 964 in the
Land of the Saxons, the brothers are in the midst of a
berserker battle, but become separated; each thinks the
Toste soon finds he is amidst the nuns of St. Anne's Abbey
where he is immediately attracted to frequent "sinner"
Lady Esme, a resident in hiding form her father for over a
decade. Knowing it is time to confront dear old dad, Esme
has the champion to do so as Toste agrees to help her
obtain her rightful inheritance. He prays to Odin that
will give him the time to obtain what he wants, Esme.
Gorm Sigurdsson has Vagne tied to a bed in his home. He
has mistaken Vagne for Toste, who he expects to wed his
daughter Helga. However, to his shock, Helga recognizes
that the incarcerated male is Vagne who she wants to sire
a child with; an arrangement that he finds lacking because
he wants to sire several children with the woman he loves.
A TALE OF TWO VIKINGS is a 1930s screwball romantic comedy
set in the tenth century as only the incomparable Sandra
Hill could sensationally pull off. The entertaining story
line combines action with humor as the twins find love
once they are split. Historical romance fans who
appreciate an offbeat some what whacky tale will want to
read (in one sitting not leisurely) Ms. Hills's fabulous
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 22, 2004