by Helen Kirkman

August 2003
ISBN: 0-373-29269-4
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Mass Market Paperback

When a Danish held village is attacked by Saxons, Sigrid, the widow of a feared Viking warrior, pursued by a group of Saxons, turns in a momentís madness to Liefwin, another Saxon, to keep her safe.

And even though Sigrid is the enemy, part of the race that once invaded his land and murdered his wife, Liefwin canít help seeing the hand of fate. He vows to protect and deliver her to her distant relatives. He is a tortured hero, but an honorable man. A man who keeps his promise, a man looking for peace. And Sigrid is strong, a survivor. A woman ready to fight her own battles.

How they learn to trust each other and how they find solace in each other is beautiful told in scenes of small, but poignant gestures. How they brave dangers, the ones to their heart, their honor and their existence is exciting and rewarding to witness.

A lot of research went into this book. It draws you right into the world of England 917 A.D. Into the world of Saxons and Vikings. It draws you so deep, that at times it seems too dark, too intense, too desperate. The whole story is so drenched in pain, guilt and sorrow, the need for vengeance and for survival, that every flicker of hope, every moment of comfort bursts through like rays of much needed sunshine.

A Momentís Madness is a mesmerizing tale and I was loath to put it down until the very last page was turned. Helen Kirkmanís second book is the already eagerly awaited Spring 2004 release, Forbidden.

Reviewed in July 2003 by Kris Alice.

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