Rosie Chan suddenly finds herself alone in the world; her fiance is dead, and her best friend is missing in the mists of Time. An unexpected nighttime call for help from the disembodied voice of her missing friend leads to a series of events propelling Rosie into a spinning vortex of Time.
When Rosie tumbles out of the vortex and into the year 904, she quite unexpectedly falls right into love. But the man who breaks her fall and captures her heart has a secret... Can she love him, despite his secrets and their differing worlds?
Davyn Nabbodderson is banned from his homeland for a murder he does not know if he committed. He flees to Scotland and seizes Castle Rose Haven, but guilt and loneliness plague him, making his life a bitter existence
"I can't marry you," she told him, struggling to find the words to make him understand. "You don't even know me."
"That's where you're wrong, Lady," he said, his eyes playful now. "Kat has spent countless hours telling me of you and your time. I know everything I need to know about you. You may not realize it as yet, Lady, but you are my destiny. We were meant to be together. You will give me strong, loyal, spirited sons and beautiful daughters. And I will protect you from your enemies. You will grow to love me in no time at all."
Angry heat flooded her cheeks. "If you think that, gringo, then you obviously don't know anything about me at all."
He did not flick an eyelash. "Then it is a good thing that I will have a lifetime to learn about you," he countered.
Kicking off the covers Rosie swung her legs over the side of the bed only to discover, too late, that the bed was perched upon on a tall pedestal.
She landed with a complete lack of grace into Davyn's arms. Steal bands wrapped around her and she felt his chin rest atop her head. His chuckle rumbled in his chest.
She would have given anything at that moment to have the black void suck her up and spit her out back in her bedroom. Alone.
"You're not going anywhere, Rosalinda Yolanda Carmen Singhi Chan," he assured her. "You will remain at Castle Rose Haven either as my bride, or as my prisoner, the choice is yours."
Posted by Sally Pink Reviews on 23rd Feb 2013
Dee crafts a tale full of excitement, adventure, and love with "Dawn of a Viking Sunrise." Rosie Chan and her cousin, Singlee, are accidently sent back through time, but after being stranded in the past, will they still want to go back to their time in 2009 San Francisco?
The novel starts with Rosie in possession of one of the time traveling pendants. Her old archeology professor, Fisher, has the other pendant. Fisher wants Rosie's pendant. An exciting pursuit ensues as Rosie and Fisher travel back in time to Denmark, to modern day San Francisco, then back to 904 A.D. Scotland, where they are trapped in time.
While in Scotland, Rosie gets to know Davyn Nabborson, Leif's brother. (from Book 1 in the Mists of Time Series, "Under a Viking Moon") Davyn is convinced Rosie is his soulmate after talking to Rosie's friend, Kat, who married Leif. Rosie's not so convinced.
Davyn wants to learn more about Rosie's time and uses the pendants to go to the future. While in San Francisco, he meets Rosie's cousin, Singlee. The police are investigating the disappearance of the pendants and seek out Singlee and Davyn. They use the pendants to escape by going back into time, only Singlee gets separated and lands in 904 A.D. China.
Davyn gets to Scotland and wins over Rosie's heart. After he marries her, he tells her about Singlee. Rosie and Davyn have an argument. When Rosie goes to cool down, Fisher kidnaps her. The kidnapping tests the newfound love between Davyn and Rosie. When Davyn finds Rosie locked in a dungeon, he promises her he will do everything in his power to go to China and save her cousin.
Dee's writing grabs the reader's attention immediately and doesn't let go. The plot moves fast and transitions well.
The characters are compelling. Rosie has been spoiled her whole life, and when she's kidnapped, she learns what it means to be truly humble and thankful for the gifts in her life. Davyn also has some things to learn. When he finds his wife half starved to death in a neighboring Laird's dungeon, he pushes aside his "alpha" personality to give her what she needs to survive. Singlee also has to face his problems. He doesn't take things as seriously as he should. How these characters grow are a delight to the reader.
Dee's descriptions are vivid using a good economy of words. It's easy to picture her novel's settings. The story is "sophisticated" for romance readers with a love scene between Rosie and Davyn. "Dawn of a Viking Sunrise" is an action packed thrill ride filled with heartache, loss, and love.