A Fragile Trust (Dragon Banner, #1)
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A Fragile Trust (Dragon Banner #1)

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- This is Helen's second book for HQN Books, following Embers (HQN Books, 12/04).
- Forbidden (Harlequin, 3/04) had a 77% NSR.
- She was the winner of the 2001 Clendon Award, the Romance Writers of New Zealand contest for unpublished novelists.
- Helen's books are about love in the turbulent, fascinating times of the early Middle Ages.
- She is comparable to New York Times bes...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Harlequin Books
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An overwritten tale of when the Vikings tried to take over England and the only thing standing in the way was Alfred the Great and his troops.
This writer has a definite style that she has honed in later books, but here in one of her first it was almost two much. A lot less description and talking and more action would have helped.
Ex; The book opens when a woman finds a wounded man at the edge of the forest. She decides then and there to save but we have to wade through a page or two about how ho...more
What a strange book this is! First, it's set in the Dark Ages, when the isles of Britain are under near constant Viking invasion - not a popular time period for most historical romances. And the writing style is strange and dream-like - there are little to few clear statements of fact or action. Instead, everything is described in the context of thought and shape and description, which left me feeling a slightly dazed and out of sorts. Perhaps this was deliberate, for it lent an air of other-wor...more
With the long descriptions of everything and everyone, I couldn't believe this book was published in 2005. It seemed more like the genre of 1985.

The book was a very difficult read. I kept getting lost on who was talking, and I had to go back track to figure it out. BElieve me, there was a lot of talking.

I suppose the history was authentic, but I wouldn't know because the time period was of 879 or somewhere along there. Not my cup of tea.
Mi aspettavo di più, molto di più.
Come ricostruzione storica ci siamo, l'autrice è molto attenta e precisa, ma come storia romantica è da migliorare.
Il gelo fra i personaggi non si è mai sciolto al punto che, tutt'ora, mi chiedo come sia possibile che perfino il matrimonio fra i due abbia avuto bisogno di una fredda e logica discussione O.o
This is the first book in the Warriors of the Dragon Banner. It was the first time I read Helen Kirkman, and I really enjoyed. It takes place during the Viking era. While the action in the story really didn't move me at all, I did enjoy the relationship between Ash and Gemma. They were what kept me reading.
A tender love story, beautifully told. Helen Kirkman obviously has a passion for romance, history and above all, the written word. Her voice is utterly unique and kept me enthralled from beginning to end. This book goes on my keeper shelf, that's for sure :)
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Helen Kirkman has always written stories - at home, at school, during the lunch break at her local government job, on the back of an envelope in a queue at the bank...

Her sister was the first audience for adventure stories inspired by "Ivanhoe" (knights in armour) "Robin Hood" (rogues) and Star Trek (where no man has gone before). Through each step in Helen's life - travelling, a university degre...more
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