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Warriors in Winter: In the Bleak Midwinter\The Holly and the Viking\A Season to Forgive (Harlequin Historical Series #1118)

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  • Posted November 22, 2012

    Michelle Willingham made me cry again (in a good way)! WARRIO

    Michelle Willingham made me cry again (in a good way)!

    WARRIORS IN WINTER is a collection of three stories, all intertwined, starring the children of the characters who were in Willingham's "MacEgan Brothers" series. This book (and I think all of Willingham's) stands alone just fine, but I think readers of the other MacEgan books will enjoy seeing those characters again, and seeing their children grown up. Those who haven't read those books yet--you can get them as e-books!

    The first story in this collection, "In the Bleak Midwinter," had such sympathetic characters that my heart truly felt like it was breaking for them. What a beautiful story of healing and hope. The second, "The Holly and the Viking," is a tale of forgiveness (on a slightly larger scale) and understanding. I really liked the two main characters in this one, especially the hero. The third story is "A Season to Forgive," which, as the title states, is also a forgiveness story, this time between the hero and heroine, and also between the heroine and herself. I liked this story, but I think because Willingham's characters are so sympathetic, I felt the heroine's pain very poignantly. I really wanted the hero to be more understanding, but I can understand why he was like that. Seeing the story from both points of view was emotionally difficult. But of course, it was rewarding in the end. I don't think a story being that way is a BAD thing, personally. But from reading reviews of other stories, sort of along the same vein, I do know that not everyone feels that way. That being said, I couldn't put this book down.

    All in all, I highly recommend this book for some seasonal enjoyment. The perfect book to curl up next to a fire with :).

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    Oh my word...Liam and Adriana's story was gut wrenching. I had t

    Oh my word...Liam and Adriana's story was gut wrenching. I had to finish the story. I needed to know what happened. The twisting and pulling that was going on just kept me reading.

    I loved all three stories. They all weaved around each other and was truely well written. Getting the stories to combine togther had to have been a challenge. One I am glad that Michelle took on.

    These stories show and tell how people can overcome past hurts.

    (I did not want to give any spoilers.)

    I hope that anyone that reads these stories really enjoys them like I did.
    I know I will most likely come back an reread them.
    They are ones that will stay in the mind for days and years to come. The one that you keep remembering, the one that you will have to reread.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

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    This book contains three novellas within the MacEgan Brothers wo

    This book contains three novellas within the MacEgan Brothers world. It is listed as book #7.

    The first story is about Brianna MacEgan and Arturo de Manzano, both surviving the passing of their mates. Brianna is angry over the murder of her husband when Arturo meets her, but he is able to bring her back to life. This is a complete story even though it is short.

    The second tale is of Rhiannon MacEgan and Kaall Hardrata. After accidentally killing a man due to his blindness, Kaall lost his daughter and was cast out of his village. When Rhiannon is attacked by a wolf Kaall saves her, only to be bitten by the wolf in return. Rhiannon helps him recover and the two fall in love.

    The third and final story involves Adriana de Manzano and Liam MacEgan who recently returned from the crusades in the Holy Land. Adriana saved Liam's life by allowing the King to use her without Liam's knowledge. Now that they are within MacEgan territory she is unable to confess her pain to him and this drives a wedge between them.

    These three stories all occur at the same time, which gives a nice perspective on the events. Since they overlap, each story builds on the one before it. However, the succeeding tales don't have as much detail as the ones preceding them. Overall, this antholgoy is a cohesive story that gives different characters' experiences and shows that sometimes in romance there are multiple stories happening at one time.

    I do recommend reading the books earlier in the series first even though this can be read as a standalone book. I'm sure there were details I missed simply because I hadn't read the previous stories.

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