Monday, September 14, 2015

Review Avelynn by Marissa Campbell

Title: Avelynn
Author: Marissa Campbell
Series: Standalone
Release Date: September 8th 2015


One extraordinary Saxon noblewoman and one fearless Viking warrior find passion and danger in this dazzling and sensuous debut

Marissa Campbell's debut novel is a winning combination of romance, history, and adventure sure to appeal to fans of Diana Gabaldon.

It is 869. For eighteen years, Avelynn, the beautiful and secretly pagan daughter of the Eadlorman of Somerset has lived in an environment of love and acceptance. She hasn't yet found a man to make her heart race, but her father has not pressured her to get married. Until now. With whispers of war threatening their land, her father forces Avelynn into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status. The dreaded marriage looming, she turns to her faith, searching for answers in an ancient ritual along the coast, only to find Alrik the Blood-Axe and sixty Viking berserkers have landed.

Alrik is unlike any man she has ever known, strong and intriguing. Likewise, he instantly falls for her beauty and courage. The two stumble into a passionate love affair, but it's more than just a greedy suitor who will try to keep them apart.

As the Saxons and Vikings go to war, Avelynn and Alrik find themselves caught in the throes of fate. Can they be true to their people as well as to each other?

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Author Bio

Marissa Campbell is a published freelance author, and co-author of the award-winning, spiritual self-help book Life: Living in Fulfillment Every Day. Look for her debut historical fiction Avelynn coming fall 2015, from St. Martin’s Press. Currently, hard at work on the second book in the Avelynn series, she is a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Romance Writers of America, Writer’s Community of Durham Region, and local critique group B7.

When she is not writing, she is busy looking after her wonderful children, spending time with her fantastic husband, hanging out with her awesome friends, teaching yoga, dancing, laughing, and having fun!


This book is more than a simple historical romance. It's so much more than that. It's truly a journey, with accurate historical facts that will make you feel like you're right there. It's realistic.

Our heroine, Avelynn has to be one of the strongest female characters I've read about. She's not a spoiled teen; she's not a weak girl that has no voice or is afraid to say it how it is. She's the exact opposite. She's a young lady that will, one day, rule instead of her father and is being groomed for that. She does have a voice - a really loud one, thank God - and she never fails to express how she feels.

She makes mistakes. She makes bad choices. Don't we all? But she knows that if she won't try, she won't know whether it would work or not. She does everything to fight the life that has been decided for her by her father. She fights everything, tooth and nail, and until she can't stand anymore. But she's still not broken, she's still not defeated.

There was a romance in this story too, one that, I think, is actually more in the background, than at the forefront of the book. The main theme here is the evolution of our heroine. And, judging by the ending, she still has a lot to grow.

4.5 - 5 stars and really looking forward to more.

I received this book via NetGalley for an honest review. Thank you. 


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