|The Reluctant Viking||Jan 14, ’09 3:07 PM
Someone had asked about the above book and wondered if it was any good. I went and ordered it from Paperback Swap. I got it a week or so ago and just got around to reading it. There isn’t a single paranormal creature in the book at all so it was weird reading it since I have done nothing but vampires, werewolves, witches and shapeshifters for months on end now.
I seriously loved this book! A modern day woman’s marriage is falling apart. After her husband finally walks out, the women decides to listen to one of the motivational tapes her husband is always spouting on about. Somehow the tape sends her back in time to the Vikings. She is 20 years younger and back in shape. Here she is a modern women trapped in the past. She doesn’t watch her mouth what so ever. She says what she wants, when she wants. It is always getting her in trouble. The book was so absolutely funny. She teaches these women about birth control, both condoms and the rhythm method. She teaches them about shaving which they have never done before. And since in her real life, she makes lingerie for a living, she does that in the past to, much to the men folks horror and pleasure. The Viking that is put in charge of her until she can be judged whether she is a spy or not for an enemy is Thork – who looks like a much younger version of the husband that has just left her. He also has two young sons that look like Ruby’s two sons back at home. She spends her time spouting all about her sex life with her husband Jack all the while falling in love with Throk. She can’t really separate the two since they look the same. When Thork and Ruby finally almost make love, he discovers she is still a virgin. Which makes everything she has said about her sons and husband Jack a lie. So is she a spy or isn’t she. Her life in the past mirrors parts of her life with her husband and she learns some tough lessons about really loving someone and the compromises needed to be made if you want the relationship to work. Now she just needs to get back home to Jack to see if her marriage can be saved or not. If I didn’t have to work on Tuesday and Wednesday, I would of had the book finished long ago. It made me laugh out loud and cry too. I thought it was an awesome book.
Sounds similar to a book called Household Gods by Turtledove & another author: http://tinyurl.com/8zqnuv
A single mom is at her wit’s end when the babysitter bails on her, leaving her hanging. She goes to sleep, and wakes to find herself in an ancient Roman village. I don’t know how factual it was, but an interesting & entertaining read. I would probably like this one, too…