Date: March 2003
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Romance / Time travel
Janet Elaine Smith
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Title: Truly, Madly Viking
Very Virile Viking
This is, without
a doubt, the funniest book I have read in years. I have not read
Sandra Hill's previous Viking books, but I have my eyes open for
book opens in 999 A.D in Norseland. Magnus Ericcson is a man whose
physical attributes are equaled only by the number of children he
seems to produce. He has buried several wives, and has driven others
off, running and screaming. He is fully responsible for his brood
of 10 children
when suddenly, as if from out-of-nowhere, a
new infant appears at the threshold, complete with stinky diapers,
her only expression of "Goo," and her father's unmistakable
to escape further children, he takes a vow of celibacy. When the
members of the household (including the older children) set out
to find him a new mate, he tells them he has but one requirement:
they must be past the age of childbearing.
in desperation, he sets sail for his cousin's home in Greenland.
However, his course gets about as off-center as Christopher Columbus'
did when he headed for India and wound up in America.
the ocean-and across time-Angela Abruzzi is trying to convince her
grandmother that she can persuade her business counterpart to film
the movie he is making at the family winery, in the Sonoma Valley,
California, in 2003, thus saving the winery from financial ruin.
sits in the office of the movie producer, haggling over the price
of renting the winery, they look out the window and see
stare in astonishment at the publicity stunt some actor, who is
obviously desperate for work, standing on the deck of the boat they
will use for the movie is the most realistic Viking look-alike either
of them has ever seen. The only thing they can't figure out is what
those 9 children are doing with him. They are the biggest bunch
of ruffians Hollywood had ever seen.
convinced that this guy is perfect for the part, takes Magnus and
his children in her van to her apartment, but not until she has
stopped at the local Wal-Mart, which should be a TV sitcom in itself.
As they intermingle
and try to educate Magnus, Angela finds her heart being drawn to
the stranger, and before long they are not only in each other's
hair and each other's way, but they are in each other's arms-and
even in the same bed.
the end of the book, Magnus learns that his brothers have also somehow
arrived in this strange land, and the family reunion that takes
place is like one you have never witnessed.
don't read one other book this summer, if you want to sit and laugh
until the tears run down your cheeks, you won't want to miss this
final note is that the cover of The Very Virile Viking features
a very "hunky" Viking. However, much to Ms. Hill's dismay,
the publisher also produced a cartoon-type cover. A few of these
covers were printed. You can find them on amazon.com and bn.com.
If you are lucky enough to get one of the cartoon covers, hang onto
it. It might be a collector's item before long.