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The Briton and the Dane

“The Briton and the Dane” is a captivating tale that weaves romance and historical intrigue together. The protagonist, Gwyneth of Wareham, is a spirited young woman whose life takes an unexpected turn when she aids a wounded Norseman, Erik of Esbjerg.


Their ensuing love story unfolds against the backdrop of political tension and impending war, creating a thrilling and emotionally engaging narrative. Bernal’s writing is eloquent and immersive, drawing readers into a world where love battles duty, and peace is a delicate balance. This novel is not just a journey through the trials of first love but also a complex saga with a rich cast of characters, each with their own entangled romances and challenges.


“The Briton and the Dane” is a testament to Bernal’s skill as a storyteller, offering a blend of escapism and historical depth that is truly unputdownable.

The Briton and the Dane: Birthright

“The Briton and the Dane: Birthright” is a gripping historical fiction set in the era of King Alfred and Guthrum, marked by a rich tapestry of blood feuds and revenge.


The novel vividly portrays the period following Alfred the Great’s war, a time often overlooked by historians.


Bernal’s narrative is compelling, with short chapters and a large cast of characters that drive the story forward, making it a page-turner. Notably, characters like the vengeful Rigr and the hopeful Elizabeth are skillfully crafted, embodying human frailty and ambition.


The book’s drama and tension, coupled with Bernal’s imaginative writing, make it a highly recommended read for fans of the genre.

The Briton and the Dane: Legacy

“The Briton and the Dane: Legacy” is a masterful blend of historical richness and character depth, set against the backdrop of Alfred the Great’s era.


The novel stands out for portraying women in strong, central roles, diverging from the traditional focus on male figures of the time. Bernal’s narrative weaves a vivid tapestry of life, from kings to commoners, with a compelling depiction of sea battles and the era’s harsh realities.


The characters, led by the warm-hearted Elizabeth and the widowed Dalla, are crafted with a human touch that resonates with readers, making their impulsive decisions believable and engaging.


This book, filled with political intrigue and complex subplots, is not a standalone read but the culmination of a series that demands to be read from the beginning.


The reviewer expresses a sense of loss at the series’ end, having been captivated by Bernal’s storytelling and the spotlight on the era’s overshadowed women.


The Coffee Pot Book Club Book Award lauds Bernal for her work, leaving readers eager for more.

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