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Past Storm and Fire

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Escape can embolden your soul – or destroy it.

Val and Karl's house is destroyed by a hurricane and her husband reveals he can't have children. These catalysts inspire her to write a historical romance novel set in Iceland, rife with sorcery, sexy Vikings, a big family, and a volcano. Val's dreams reveal historical details she can't possibly know, details which prove to be
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 446 pages
Published April 15th 2019 by Christy Nicholas
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Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read and enjoyed this author's "Druid's Brooch" series so I blindly went into PAST STORM AND FIRE based on her name alone. I wasn't sure that I could write anything about this book without writing spoilers so I went back and looked at the blurb. OHHHH NOW it makes sense.

This book is told in past and present tense, dream and reality, and has a story within the story. It's a complex tale that at times I had a hard time following. The historical portion of the story appears to have been well r
Laura Furuta
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Past Storm and Fire
By: Christy Nicholas
5 out of 5 stars

The story Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is a wonderful book to read. It drew me in from the very beginning and I found myself not wanting to put it down until I had finished the last page. I loved reading about the character of Val. She is a woman who is responsible. Her life is not going the way that she had hoped and is inspired to writing a romance novel set in Iceland. The novel opens up a world which she can escape to. What wi
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Past Storm and Fire
By Christy Nicholas
5 stars

Past Storm and Fire was a fantastic and exciting 5 star read by Christy Nicholas and I story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The level of detail that the author put into the story was just amazing; I was completely captivated by what I was reading. I could tell that the author really had taken the time to research what she writing about and this made a he difference to me as a reader. I have read quite a few books by this author now and I have to s
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas
4 Stars!!!!

This is once again a great read. I have read other books by this author and I was not let down. I found that she has a unique way of bringing her characters to life and drawing the reader in. I really found this book to be refreshing.

I love the way that the main character Val is both a part of the present world and the past. I really got into how the past life she experienced comes to her as a book idea. I love how she is drawn to the past throug
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful and exciting read full of adventure, romance, snark, black magic, and a mystery that stretches over a thousand years. The book opens in the middle of Hurricane Andrew and didn't slow down from there. I didn't want to put the book down! Lovely descriptions and meticulous research are interwoven into a mature and skillful narrative. Loved it!
Bobbi Wagner
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book enjoyable and hard to put down as it also made me feel as if I was part of the story. It is well written and the author’s attention to detail especially the historical parts are great. Val’s life seems to be falling apart between the damage from the hurricane to her husband’s deceit. Inspired, she finds herself writing a novel based in Iceland. What will happen when her present and past collide? Strong characters that are connectable. I highly recommend this book
Heather Lovelace
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic book from Nicholas! She is a master storyteller and few can match her ability to create new worlds that leave you breathless with their newness yet they are still relatable. I loved this book from start to finish and found myself transported once again to the world created. Fantastic book.
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas was an original, engaging detail read, that had me hooked.

Not my first read by this author, so I new going in that this book was going to be something otherworldly and fantastical. And I was not disappointed. This book was hooking right from the start. Opening with that storm, it not only set the stage for the mood, but it showed us right away the cracks in Val's and Karl's marriage. It was a heavy hitter from there, and once that fantasy plot got underwa
Jenni Bishop
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is original and engaging and the author wove real life into fantasy as she wrote this story. It is a quick and fluid read that was intriguing and definitely takes you on a journey to remember. The fantasy, the mystery and the past and present collide. Captivating and refreshing is how I would describe this tale that shows a woman who is unsure of her marriage who finds herself immersed in a world that is not known if it is real or not.

Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Past Storm and Fire
By Christy Nicholas

Past Storm and Fire is yet another exciting and well written story by Christy Nicholas. Just love the cover of this book. I found this book to be a nice quick read, the book also flowed nicely, and the story has a nice pace to it as well. If Christy, you are a fan then this book is going to grab your attention from the start as I did with me. If you are now just finding Christy after reading this book you will want to read more of her wonderful work. You wil
Erica Fish
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Past Storm and Fire is a story by Christy Nicholas and I am sure that it will great like her other stories. I was not disappointed. Nicholas writes in a way that grips you in a way like you are in a spider web and do not even realize it. The way she can start the story with Hurricane Andrew and take you back to historic Iceland is mind blowing. Val is the main female character and she is living with Karl, her husband but is she truly happy. She has visions that take her to Iceland. There is anot ...more
Christy Nicholas
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author, I like to highlight issues I came across while writing my books.

For this book, there is a great deal of personal experience woven into the narrative. The book opens with Hurricane Andrew, which I lived through in Miami. It also includes art shows and a trip to an ancient Icelandic farm, a place I became enchanted with in 2015.
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas, 5 stars.

Val has been dealing with a lot in her life -- a devastating hurricane, a failing marriage, and a boss she cannot stand. To escape, she decides to write a historical romance set in past times in Iceland. The more she gets into, the more she enjoys -- it's her escape. But is it really good for her or is it destroying her real life? Follow the stories of both Val's real life and the characters and life she created in one wonderful book!

I didn
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is a mindblowing read filled with adventure, romance, black magic and mystery that spans a thousand years! It is weird how at some point I started hearing Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years at the back of my head (like a soundtrack to the story unfolding!) It was my first read by this writer and I was happy to see that I had made a right decision by picking it up! I hope that there will be another book like the main character is told at the end of the book ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is the story of Val Masterson. Val is a woman who is dealing with many issues, hurricane Andrew and its destruction of the life she once knew, a husband who leaves a lot to be desired. Val has an “active” imagination which she uses to her best ability in order to get through the rough days she is experiencing. What happens when her imagined story starts to become based in reality?
This was the first book I have read by this author, I liked it but I did fin
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas was a riveting read that will embark upon the realms of expectation and more. The imagery was remarkably well done and I loved how the Val's writing takes on a life of its own while her own life begins shifting further. This story draws the reader into its pages while Val and her own character(s) embark upon their own journeys. The writing was on point and the emotional attributes hit at the pivotal moments, right where they should. Chapter to chapter, you ...more
Michelle Austin
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Past Storm and Fire was a good 4 star read. I was pulled right in by the authors writing.
We get mystery, romance, adventure and so much more.

We start during a hurricane where we meet Val and Karl and see that things are not perfect for them. We bounce from past to present with Val. She has visions of Iceland and starts to write a story that spans a thousand years. Val loses herself in her story to get away from her troubles at home.

All of the characters were great. The detail was amazing and m
Madison Degraffenreid
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Past Storm And Fire by Christy Nicholas


Past Storm And Fire was a creative and interesting novel. It seemed very realistic and was descriptive. The storyline featured many interesting characters. Main character Val was interesting to follow as she created her novel which in turn seemed to realistic and sets out to determine if it was. She was so creative and strong. I disliked her husband Karl at the start of the novel and it seemed to stick as I finished reading. She deserved better than
Dawn Daughenbaugh
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas

Past Storm and Fire by Christy Nicholas is a wonderfully written book filled with mystery adventure, romance and even some black magic. I was drawn in from the beginning and doesn’t let go till the end. Val is a responsible woman whose life isn’t going the way she had hoped and sets out to write a romance novel that’s set in Iceland .The more she gets into it her real life and her writing cross. What happens when those lines are crossed? Find out wha
Susan Lister
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked just by reading the synopsis! It sounded so different than anything Ive read before so this was a must read!

Val was such an amazing character. She's hitting a rough patch in her life and she's turned to writing a romance novel that takes place in Iceland. This is her escape. She was able to create a world in which she can escape the issues in her life but all of a sudden the lines between her world and the fictional one she's made up start to cross each other.

The story wa
InD'tale Magazine
Christy Nicholas delivers a story within a story about two women determined to make the best of the cards life has dealt them.

Read full review in the 2019 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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