Book review, Regency, The Viking and The Courtesan, Time-travel, Vikings, Witless Dating After Fifty
The photograph depicts a sense of
danger and intrigue, in that the
stereoview device is looking
like a weapon and the gold
gloves look ominous. The
positions are accurately
depicting the foreboding
sense one gets reading
about Lady Malice’s
business of meddling
into affairs of
When the case she
is requested to take on
involves breaking up her own
marriage: Watch out, folks!
This book I had the delight
and honor reading is called,
“The Viking and the Courtesan.”
Shehanne has done it again.
It is quite exciting and uniquely
plotted where a woman who has
a certain lifestyle stands a chance of
losing it all over another pretty
woman’s interest in her husband.
Lady Malice has her business to
carry her through destitute times,
where she is hired to bring in a
woman of the evening to besmirch
and defame the marriage of one
who needs “proof” of this to
get a divorce. Aptly named,
“Strictly Business” keeps
her in fashionable gowns
and Madame Faro’s shoes,
~ * Silver shoes with
buckles, perhaps? * ~
I won’t reveal immediately the
unseemly circumstances, but
must proceed to entreat you
to set aside your distate for
unfaithfulness and hope
for the best! Shoes are her
passion which isn’t at
all distasteful. One parlour
subject matter for women of
breeding and social standing
should help you to rally and
cheer on Lady Malice’s behalf.
A twist revealed on the book cover,
should appeal to adventurous readers
who wish they could travel back in time.
But. . . would you wish to visit or stay
in the ancient year of 898 A.D.?
Incredulously, such a plotline
is designed to transport you
there, becoming attracted
to Sinarr, whose nickname
appropriately is “Sin.”
Imagine a Thor-like
physically fit man.
He is the proud owner of two
Viking ships, the Raven
and the Reindeer.
Horrors, dear Malice
is found amongst nuns,
when rousing from a foggy
recollection of kissing her
husband, Cyril, in one time frame
only to find her becoming a “bed slave”
in another more rough, primitive time.
She is meant to become a “wedge”
between Sinarr’s betrothed,
“Snotra” and marriage.
Snotra has humiliated Sinarr,
having twice taken another man’s
name in marriage, only to be
finally available (deaths). Sin
wants her to suffer and wait,
while he pretends to bed her,
taking advantage of Malice’s
1800’s knowledge of romance,
or practical lack of. . .
(A side note: don’t you love these
Viking, vividly rich character names?)
Will Malice once transported back
to correct period in time, miss
wild, passionate Sinarr?
Will she find her love in the
arms of her dear husband again?
There are many humorous situations
with nuns wishing to become
“bed slaves,” while one who
is heavy is called Gentle and
the head nun is Mother Bede.
Finally, Lady Malice finds herself
in not only a quandary about which
time and place she wants to exist in,
she also realizes she is in the ~
How embarassing and who
will she choose to be the father?
The story flows along with telltale
items and household details which
are distinctly recognizable for
each historical period.
Both pigs and bed slaves
in Viking cottages create
a funny and fume-filled setting.
The 19th century tea pots, cracked
windowpanes and rustling satin gowns
would hardly seem to be a contest
as to which would be preferable!
Shehanne Moore’s exciting,
romantic historical novel
has just the change of
pace style to keep you
reading as quickly as
you are able, to find out the
surprising and yet, satisfying ending
for Lady Malice Mallender.
Cyril’s story ends as quite modern
in its libertarian point of view.
Sinarr’s story concludes with as
much force and vigor as
Thor’s famous hammer
may thrust. . .
Or so, we hope!
This book is rated
five diamonds out
of five diamonds.
Photo is taken by reocochran,
Items depicting an era which
Lady Malice started her
adventures out in.
We used to call
postcard viewing device
a “stereoptican.” My
research found out we had
mislabeled this wooden antique.
“Well, I…I do want a divorce but only because… I mean only so…”
“You can marry her for her money?”
“Malice…I am vexed you think so little of me that I would do that and set the law on you into the bargain…”
Her heart began to pound so loudly it drowned the strains of the Haydn minuet drifting through the open doors. After all these years. Years in which she had waited. Abandoned hope in. Lived like a drudge at times on a penurious income. She had him at a disadvantage. She reached inside her reticule.
“So you can live in a state you should like to become accustomed to? Ruining her as you have me?”
“Well, the thing is, the thing was, I had no choice regarding the law. That woman you sent to do whatever she was meant to do, she let you down badly.”
“I’m sure that your other ladies aren’t so workshy. Why, your business came highly recommended.”
She unfolded the square of gauze. His expression as she placed the square on her head then arranged it over her face was worth a king’s ransom. “That woman was me.”
Every scrap of color drained from his face. Not that there had been a great deal to start with. There never was. It was one of his many attractions, what gave him that boyish look at the age of thirty.
“Y-you mean… Well, Malice.” Give him his dues, his recovery was excellent. But then it had every reason to be. “May I say how very—”
“You may say nothing. But I will say I think we will agree there will be no divorce. How can there be when we are so very happy, so joyous together?”
“That I am having your child?”
Was it any wonder his eyes widened? Widened so the wonder was they didn’t pop clean out his head and ping about the paving slabs? She tilted her chin. If there was ever a doubt she shouldn’t do this, that moment was past. What was he going to do? Have it all over London his wife ran a marriage wrecking business? That he was a cad who stole from the woman he had abandoned? Hardly. No, the man was a leech she would do well to stay married to. And one who would support her from now on.
“Yes, husband dearest. From that night, the one that was so special to both of us.”
“That’s a damned lie. That night you disappeared. Vanished right before my eyes. I shut them for a second. One second only and poof.” He snapped his fingers. Indeed, his face had contorted with such rage, the only wonder was he didn’t snap more with his fingers, he didn’t snap her neck. “If it was so damned special how come I don’t remember the first damned thing about it?”
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What an amazing review, Shey. I would never have thought to write a review in poetry form and it is so clever. Glad to see those Dudes are suitably awed even if they would rather have interviewed a kleptomaniac.
Robin is marvellous this way Robie and she’s been kind enough to take the time twice in recent weeks to review my books. She is also reviewing all her summer list this way. She took the photograph and everything. She uses this dress in historical re-enactments. Lovely to see you xxxxxx
Very good indeed. Dare l check the video out at the bottom of this piece? Blood pressure and all that!
Mr S, I have put it in specially for you………… Knowing you like a peek xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Oh yes. I often wonder how I would have fared back in Victorian times with just a glimpse of ankle my best hope in life!
Mike, you were probably born where you were meamt to be born x
Adele Marie said:
Reblogged this on firefly465.
Heading as we speak to look. you are so kind to me Adele, Thank you so very very much xxxxxxxxxx
Adele Marie said:
A wonderful poem as a review and a fantastic extract. Love to you and the dudes. xxx
Robin is amazing in the way she reviews. AND she took this picture. She told me she uses the dress in historical re-enactments. Love and hugs to you Adele, this is such a beautiful comment. I chose the extract where Malice turns things round on Cyril who— as she doesn’t want to explain later to Sin, when she finds herself seeing him again– is the father of her padding…..
Adele Marie said:
Loved it, Shehanne. The gown is beautiful. xxx
The gown is gorgeous. BTO I want it !!!
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Only your blog would have hamsters seeking world domination; a poem; thoughts about a kleptomaniac and a review all on the same page. Good stuff.
Hee hee.I LOVE that. Thank you lord George, you have fair made me laugh xxx
Great post and a well deserved fab review, uniquely delivered. As for hamster world domination, I think they’re heavily into research already. I mean, have you seen Trump’s hair recently? 😉
Yes…. I think they could well replace him and no-one would notice the difference…… Cat thank you xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Brilliant as always, my dear. oxo
Awe my darling kind Pam xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
Now there is a review that stands out…. very good… xxxxx
Sally thank you. Robin really excelled herself with the photo and the detail. I am thrilled by it xxxxxxxxxx
Marje @ Kyrosmagica said:
What a brilliant idea reviewing in poetry. Why haven’t I done that yet. What fun. 🙂
Robin does this all the time. She is amazing Marje xxxxxxx
Carolee Croft said:
Congratulations on the good review, Shey! I love the photo. xoxo
Robin arranged and took that and apparently wears that dress for historical re-enactments. She is amazing. Carolee thank you too for your kind words xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Wow Shey, that is a great review and so cleverly done too. I’m not surprised you are touched and thrilled in equal measure. Even the Dudes seem a little subdued by it… which must be a first!
The dudes are but pretending I am sure of it. Probably planning something in their little dude world…… Just give them time. I do love Robin’s review and her photo is amazing. She reviews all the books she reads this way. Lovely to see you Pau;l. Hope yir good xxxx
Just wow! Fab review, but that trailer was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!! Ready for Hollywood my friend! Did you make that trailer????? ❤ xxxxxxxxxx
Lol dude fav Debs, The dudes were subdued this post cos they are broken hearted that |Robin never reviewed them…forget any book. … Double lol, I make all my trailers. I have worked in comic books and you had to think and deliver a story in a set amount of frames in storyboards, so I guess I thought it was kind of ordinary. You are a sister weapon sure enough though. I might even let your comment make my day. it is so kind of you xxxx
What? Talk about weapons! I’m going to have to find a more emphatic word for you, weapon alone is not enough! NO doubt you did comics with all the work you put into the dudes, but trailers! Honestly, this was one of the best trailers I’ve seen yet, something that one may see in theaters! If you weren’t such a busy writer you’d clearly have a great business doing trailers. I’d hire you in a heartbeat!!!!! I have no clue where to begin. ❤ xxxxxx
Hee hee…Neither do I. Not when is tart out. In fact I always decided not to and then a wee voice just whispers…start here. Go on. And as with a book, I never see the next bit but once one frame is made I then see the next one. Then getting near the end I know exactly what all the remaining frames will be. I loved writing comic books stories. And again I would get one frame and then the next would come. They were roughly 128 frames long cos I did what was called Picture Libraries which were a little booklet sold sep from the parent comic, each month, with one long story in it. You broke the 128 down into 32 frames x 4 in terms of story development. Each frame was simply the drawing instructions to the artist, plus the dialogue or thoughts. It really taught you how to keep things tight. Anyway, you have made my day seriously cos honestly I have always thought we can all think this way and make these things.You are one kind sister weapon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Thank you so much dear because such a beautiful review, enjoy it
Anita —oh jewelled one– thank you for that beautiful comment xxxxx
Congrats dear She… the review is awesome (five diamonds 💎 💎 💎 💎 💎 Wow, isn´t that better than 5 ⭐ s ) I love how Robin wrote the review, as a poem… So original and clever… Excellent- Best of luck in your writing & sending love across the miles 😀
Lol, as the song goes…. diamonds are a girl’s best friend.. Seriously Robin is amazing. She is reviewing all her summer reading list this way. And taking photographs to match. Then doing a blog on each book. I’m gobsmacked by her kindness and the time she spends helping authors x to you my darling
I am now thinking of “Breakfast at Tiffany´s” … not only the movie… but the original story written by the great Truman Capote (In fact: I have never watched the movie: I will hav e to fix that soon)… 🙂 xx Back!
I have never seen that one neither DESPITE being a huge film buff of every film going. (BUT I have read the book… yep.) And I still my mum and dad’s 78 record of Rosemary Clooney, I think an aunt of George Clooney singing Diamonds.. I play it sometimes too xx
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Poetry’s hard enough to write, but to write poetry with thoughts critical and analytical on a piece of kickass fiction? Daaaaaamn. Brilliant post!
Robin is some lady, I tell you that. She is amazing. Even the dudes shut it, awed by saying too many words xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sarah Potter Writes said:
I love that review. Well done to Robin for writing it, and well done to you, Shey, for receiving it 🙂 What a story that sounds! You keep making my reading list longer and longer and longer, although your novels are doing their utmost to jump the queue xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sarah, I do love Robin’s unique way of reviewing the books she reads. And I am gobsmacked she did all this for this one, down to the image. She wears the dress to historical re-enactments. Malice is Brittany and Mitchell’s granddaughter so she’s not one to ahem… accept her lot in life quietly shall we just say? Seriously your lovely comment has made my day Sarah xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Annika Perry said:
Shey, you must be beaming away!! 😀😀 This is a fabulous and unique review, written in only the way Robin can…catching the essence of your book wonderfully! I just love this post…great extract to end with and love the intrigue! 😀
I am thrilled with this review and humbled at the work that has gone into it by the amazing Robin. I even got the dudes to gag themselves to give her centre stage! No doubt I will catch it next post from then. Thank you so much for this lovely comment too. I chose that extract after Robin talked about the family way, lol. Cos you can probably guess from his astonishment that this is her coming it. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
This is officially my favorite book and my favorite heroine! What a lovely interview, Robin! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
INESE!!! I know you loved poor Malice–ok at times anything but to be pitied– but that is the nicest thing you’ve just said. I am beyond thrilled by it. Truly. it makes all the time spent writing that book worth while xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Please write more books 🙂 Time traveling theme has no limits in space and time 🙂 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
I am past the hallway mark on a book right now. it’s a standalone about smugglers in Cornwall, a woman wanting to keep a house at all costs, a man who is not what he seems, oh and a there’s a ghost. BUT my next one will be the story of Malice and Sin’s daughter Remain. Lol, that is as much as I know about it right now. that and the fact that Morte from the Writer is in it and it’s where we see him start to mess up big time. I just need a hero!
Carol Balawyder said:
Robin, as usual, your poetic review was both amusing and amazing! 🙂 Shey, you are such a talented writer.I love your trailer. Your artistic talent is outstanding! <3.
And your kind generosity is way too much, my lovely, lovely Carol. ,Robin is the amazing one to do all the great things she does when it comes to reviews. The time she must devote leaves me awestruck. and not just time to the writing of them, she accompanies each one with a specially arranged photograph. When she’s such a busy, hardworking lady too. Thank you so much for this beautiful comment. It has truly made my day x
I love the review and the imaginative approach to a review. How awesome 😀
Robin is amazing. Truly. She’s done all her summer reading reviews this way. it must have taken her forever. I was gobsmacked to see it xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Incredible! What an amazing person 😀 xxx
I love her. She’s so talented and doesn’t think it for a second. And such a lovely family person x
America On Coffee said:
Frightened of these creatures, but how cute!😰😕😬😆
These creatures can be quite savage but I will see they behave when you are around xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
The review was my gift to you but this lovely, long lost post must have been read by sleepy eyes Robin who forgot her manners!! I loved your books and felt blessed to languish in the arms of attractive men I could easily imagine from the juicy and sexy details you wrote with such excitement I read at the speed of sound! Hugs +kisses for this super trailer you created, you must have lost another “calling” in movie production, Shey! xxxxxxxxxxxx ❤️ xxxxxxxxxxxx
PS. . . so sorry, my friend that I never remarked about this. Perhaps I may blame those darn hamstahs or the night Gremlins of sleep and a little (wee) glass of 🍷 wine ???! 😁
Robin, I couldn’t NOT blog your wonderful review when you are such an amazing, lady and your reviews are so very special, the way you do them for everyone. Thrilled you languished in the arms of these heroes! They ain’t always the most gentlemanly but they are good at certain things !! Lol. I used to work in girls’ comics and you had to think in storyboards basically which I loved doing so I quite like making trailers as it’s kind of an extension of that. Lovely to see you and thank you again for this wonderful review I treasure xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx