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A Tender Moment to Conclude our Nature Theme on Medieval Monday

Welcome to our final installment of nature on Medieval Monday. I hope you've enjoyed my snippets from Magnar and found new stories to read from the lovely group here on the Medieval Romance Lovers facebook page.

If you missed any of my previous snippets, take a peek here:

Week 1 here.

Week 2 here.

Week 3 here.

Week 4 here.

Week 5 here.

Week 6 here.

Week 7 here.

Week 8 here.

Week 9 here.

Week 10 here.

Week 11 here.



Snippet from Magnar

Scene set-up: If you recall, Magnar and Elspeth have returned from the forest. When Magnar slips in a puddle of mud and water, his plans are somewhat altered for an afternoon of pleasure. Yet the resourceful Magnar always has a plan.

Her cheeks grew hot. “You…you are joining me?”

“Aye. My body needs tending to as well.”

Once inside their chambers, he placed her beside a chair near the hearth. Bjorn and Rorik had started the task of bringing in the hot buckets of water and filling the tub. She stood rooted to the floor in a drenched mess observing their swift movements. Other men soon followed with steaming buckets of water, and she almost swooned at the sight, anticipating her body sinking into the glorious heat. Several buckets remained near the fire, and she deemed these would be used to wash the grime from her hair.

Her fingers were numb as she tried to undo her braided mass of hair. After several failed attempts, she gave up.

Her husband came to her side and tugged on the braid. “Allow me…later.”

Known as the Barbarian, Magnar MacAlpin is a fierce ruler for those under his command. As leader of the Wolves of Clan Sutherland, his loyalty and obedience lies with Scotland. However, the king’s last demand is not something Magnar will tolerate.

After Elspeth Gunn’s brother the Chieftain of Castle Steinn is murdered, she flees with her nephew, and finds safety amongst a band of men who are rumored to be part wolf. When the king forces her to wed a heathen Northman, she fears losing her heart and soul not only to the man, but the beast as well.

In order to restore peace to a shattered clan, Magnar and Elspeth travel a treacherous path that challenges their beliefs. When evil seeks to destroy ancient traditions, will Magnar be compelled to restrain his wolf or allow him free to protect those he loves?

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