Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Undercurrent” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


4.02  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Professor Cassie Larson leads a life her undergrad students hope to attain, until she tumbles into the North Sea and is sucked down into a swirling vortex...and a different century. Alarik, son of a Viking chieftain, is blamed for a murder he didn't commit-or did he? He can't remember. On the run, saving a half-drowned foreign woman wasn't in his plan. Ragnar is a converte ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Risen Books (first published April 14th 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Undercurrent, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Undercurrent

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.02  · 
Rating details
 ·  82 ratings  ·  35 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Amber Stokes
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After falling in love with Griep's first time travel book, Gallimore , I knew this book was one I wouldn't want to miss--and I was right! Undercurrent took me on a thoroughly engrossing and wonderfully enchanting ride back to the time of the vikings, and I loved every minute of it!

If there's one thing for sure, it's that Griep knows how to write romance! Tummy tingling and gripping, this love story is thrilling. With a combination of viking strength, a touch of Phantom-of-the-Opera intrigue,
Gwendolyn Gage
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-favorites
I was reading two other novels at the same time that I was reading Undercurrent, and this is the book I kept reaching for. I loved it. Not just because I have a taste for time-travel novels -- Michelle Griep tamed the writing critique beast in me. I was able to stop watching for pace, plot and writing style, and lose myself in the story as a reader. I thought for sure I knew how this book was going to end, and Michelle completely surprised and delighted me.

The history was wonderful! Michelle do
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Undercurrent was a fantastic time-travel journey filled with romance, suspense and an unwavering faith that touches your heart. When you read a novel that is from another time period, sometimes you may not quite understand the terms used. I found it very helpful that Michelle added a Glossary in the book to help out the reader. It was very useful and I appreciate the extra effort.

This isn't your average time-travel book. This is one where you fall into a vortex and end up thousands of years bac
Melanie Dickerson
Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a historical romance story that delves below the surface, dipping deep into spiritual waters, then Undercurrent is the novel you’ve been looking for. Not for the faint of heart, this medieval story is gritty and realistic, well-written and insightful. It will make you think again about your purpose in life, about grace and forgiveness, and about what God requires of every person. This is skillful, no-holds-barred writing and an enjoyable love story. Unpredictable and memora ...more
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love time travel and can't remember the last time, if ever, that I've read a Christian time travel book like this. Well done and VERY romantic.

Full review soon!
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Review by Kara Grant

Dr. Cassie Larson is having a bad day. First, her boyfriend breaks up with her over the phone. Then her button pops off her blouse making her feel more exposed in front of her students while on a boat headed to Holy Island in Northumberland, England. The entire time this is going on, Cassie is avoiding her most annoying student, Tammy, who insists on being clingy. Lastly, Cassie finds a small gift shop that only appears for her and she purchases a strange, medieval brooch in
Lis K
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cassie Larson is transported back in time to the Viking world of the late 10th century and lands in the middle of a murder mystery. Alarik is on the run, afraid of being blamed for murdering his older brother and seriously wounding his cousin, Ragnar. On his way to his mother's country, he rescues Cassie from the North Sea and decides to keep her as a gift to his betrothed. Thus begins Cassie's journey---physically, emotionally, and spiritually---to find where (or to whom) she belongs. What a fu ...more
Masquerade Crew
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is one of those romance stories where the heroine is swept back in time to another era and must try to fit in. There are a few out there so the plot is a bit predictable at times, though that doesn’t stop it from being a truly enjoyable read that had me hanging onto every word. Just because something has been done before doesn’t mean that it can’t be a fresh and riveting read and while most readers can predict from the synopsis how this story will end I can say that there are a
Janet Sketchley
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
In late-tenth-century Norway, Alarik regains consciousness to discover his cousin bleeding and his brother dead by Alarik’s own blade. With no memory of the fight, Alarik must flee or be executed.

Meanwhile, in the present day, Cassie Larson is a career-oriented professor and linguistics expert shepherding a group of university students on a tour of historic islands in England’s Northumberland Strait—until she falls over the side of the boat and surfaces beside Alarik’s small vessel.

Alarik’s cous
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I've read of Michelle Griep's but it will not be the last. It is Christian fiction and wonderful.

Cassie Larson is a college professor on a field trip with a group of students to Northumbria, England. A brooch she buys in a gift shop that is not a gift shop accidentally falls overboard the boat she's in. She reaches for it, falls in, and sometime later wakens in tenth century Norway and a Viking (a REAL Viking!) has rescued her from the water.
At first she thinks she's bee
Jessica Wolf
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Undercurrent is a whirlwind romance story set against the backdrop of ancient Viking history. It follows the story of Cassie Larson who accidentally travels back in time and finds herself mixed up with two Old Norse hunks and a battle against good and evil. Both main characters - Cassie and Ragnar - are a testament to trusting Christ even when it's the most tough, an all-together hopeful and endearing story.

As my second book by Michelle Griep, I was greatly looking forward to starting this story
Deborha Mitchell
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My oh my, what a wild ride . Vikings here, Vikings there, Vikings everywhere.. This book is indeed an adventure to behold. From the moment Cassie got thrown into this other world, I found myself wondering how she was ever going to survive. I had no idea of the Viking ways and I care not to experience it myself. Michelle did a fantastic job with her descriptions of the people and places. There is so much action from beginning to end, I found myself completely exhausted by the time I finished read ...more
Tessa Stockton
Time travel romantic adventure with Vikings!

One of the best romantic adventures I’ve read in a long time. “Undercurrent” pulled me in and absorbed my attention for the entire 300+ pages. The author’s wit is ruthless. This book made me laugh A LOT, and—dang it!—made me cry, too. Learning about the Vikings was a treat…those strong, muscular, and vicious warriors—those desirable hotties. Yet, honor and truth prevail amongst them. If this book isn’t made into a movie I’ll be sorely disappointed.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an interesting story that took on an almost epic feeling to the story. With several plot arcs the story built and continued as various parts of the story came to light. Engaging and exciting, the adventures of the main characters suck you into a new story and a new world. Various characters create a full world, complete with love, friendship and villains. The romance is fun and sweet and wonderful. The Christian theme was very prevalent, emphasizing the importance of forgiveness, love, ...more
Ane Mulligan
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Undercurrent rates up with the top 10 books I've ever read. I fell in love with the characters, quirky Cassie, heroic Ragnar, loyal Magnus, and host of others. It's the most creative time travel story, romantic and completely mesmerizing. Griep is such a descriptive writer, you easily suspend disbelief, diving head first into the story and traveling through time with Cassie. I didn't want it to end and can't wait for the sequel. Novel Journey and I give it our highest recommendation: a MUST read ...more
Paula Bothwell
PG13 - (murder, adult situations - but the H and h are moral and inspiring)
I don't normally go for time-travel books, but I really loved this one. I enjoyed the backstory of the main characters and really grew to admire and appreciate a character that wasn't even introduced until 40% into the book. I loved the goodness and nobility of Ragnar. Such a great book!
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 1/2 stars.
Wow, what can I say? Alarik and Ragnar are just awesome, and Vikings on top too. I'm not usually into time-travel but I read 'A Heart Deceived' by the author, and I fell in love with her writing. I loved the theme of this story and I even liked the time travel, who knew.
This is an amazing story of faith and belief and learning to let go.
Ragnar+Cassie= beautiful couple.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A definite Gotta Read--and I don't often say that.
If you like Vikings and wolves and the nitty gritty, oh my, you've love Michelle's better than adept handling of the year 1000. Very satisfying.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got so hooked on this tale that I stayed up half the night to finish reading it.
Phyllis Wheeler
A modern-day professor from England finds herself in 900s Norway.
Review on my blog

Opinion: This was one of those novels for which I had rather mixed feelings when reading it. Some parts I really enjoyed others I disliked intensely. The setting, overall was quite original, most Christian novels set in the medieval period seem to be set in the 1300s, so having one set in the Later Viking Era was in some ways different, and probably made it more interesting.

Some of the period details, and Old Norse words for concepts or
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This Nordic tale about a current day female professor being transported to the middle ages Viking culture was a tempest adventure. The Vikings she meets are a tough and rough breed though she does find some noble warriors and one true Jesu Follower....most of the culture is vulgar to our modern day female lead. She grows in faith and in character. Mostly due to the breathtaking love story, I liked how Ms. Griep wrapped up the tale. However, it came at a high cost of sacrifice. Not for the faint ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
the beginning was slow (2 stars). the middle was tedious (2). the end was cute (3)
Nora St Laurent
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Michelle pens a unique, historical time-travel story filled with suspense, and a splash of romance. I loved her well-timed humor and her main character Cassie. This author takes the reader back into the 10th century Norway, where life was simpler, no distractions or conveniences of the modern world Cassie came from but with all the hazards of everyday Viking existence.

Dr. Cassie Larson, a university professor, is taking her students on an educational cruise in order to give them an up-close and
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To start off I have to say this is one of my top 5 books and that spot is not easily won since I’m quite the prolific reader. I have re-read this book at least 6 times and each time I discover new subtleties and connections that make it even better. This book brings out such a vast array of emotions in me and is always a journey of ups and downs. This is absolutely rare for me and this book is a rare gem. I was initially drawn to the time-travel aspect of this book although I usually go for high ...more
Graeme Ing
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ostensibly a love story, this wouldn't be my usual reading, but I loved it. Well done Ms. Griep for reaching beyond your target audience. :)

Undercurrent is a wonderful and alternative view of viking life. We are used to the stereotypical image of viking raiders pillaging the shores of Europe, huge and bloody battles, sour, grunting, Conan-like barbarian warriors, etc. This book is considerably more original. We see the day to day life of norsefolk in their homes and their towns, at their council
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I had heard many great things about this time-travel book, so was eager to dive into it after I won a Kindle version on Amber's blog (!

I enjoyed the adventures I had with Cassie, Alarik, and Ragnar. What awesome characters! I instantly liked this trio and grew to really care about them. The writing brought their feelings and worries to life and I found myself nearly in tears toward the end of this book. There were a few times where the writing was a bit vague a
Abigail Yow
4.5 stars

A highly engaging read with a touch of fantasy and norse myth.

Career-minded and independent, Cassie has always put her love life and emotions at the corner of her heart's chamber. That is until one day when she was transported to another country...and century. Being lost and confused, fortunately, did not blunt the edges of Cassie's sharp tongue and wits; and her encounter with two very different but related norsemen will change her life and belief forever.

The characters predicament we
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Failstate
  • Shattered Image (Chain of Lakes #1)
  • The Scarlet Trefoil (Tahn Dorn #3)
  • Viking Fire
  • Once Again (Rewinding Time, #1)
  • Fire of the Dragon (Bestiary, #1)
  • The Seeker (Shaker, #3)
  • Assault on Saint Agnes
  • Blaggard's Moon (Trophy Chase Trilogy, #0)
  • Persistence of Memory
  • Enslaved by a Viking (The New Icelandic Chronicles, #2)
  • Wolfsbane (Tales of a Traveler, #2)
  • Desire's Fury (Viking's Fury #2)
  • The Deliverer (The Sword of Lyric #4)
  • The Viking Warrior's Bride (Viking Warriors #4)
  • The Pagan's Prize (Captive Brides #3)
  • Avelynn: The Edge of Faith (Avelynn #2)
  • Shadows of Ecstasy
See similar books…
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »
“Love requires no return. It gives even when forsaken.” 7 likes
More quotes…