Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle

Publisher’s Blurb:

A stolen woman of rare qualities…
AD 1022…Helena longs for her freedom. The Frankish maid wasn’t born a slave but marauding Danes have taken her. She’s desperate to escape their camp. Her savior comes as a fierce Norse chieftain, Hakan, who takes her to the far, icy north.

A powerful warrior who’s lived by the sword…
Hakan wants to lay down his sword and live a peaceful farmer’s life. Betrayal has left him cold to other women, yet his heart thaws to clever Helena. Her tender ways lure him, weaving kindness into his hard life. But, happiness is short lived. The warrior is vexed by deceit and old loyalties that call upon his sword arm.

A clash of cultures amidst a kingdom in transition…
War erupts…a kingdom’s fate in the balance. Can Hakan defend his homeland and keep the woman he loves?

RHL Classifications:

Time Frame:  Medieval Vikings

Historical Romance
Heat Rating:  2
Review Rating:  4.5 Stars

Review by Susan:

A slave girl and a highly regarded Viking chieftain come together in Gina Conkle’s penetrating romance Norse Jewel from Entangled Publishing.  How does a woman who is born free and made into a slave after her home in Frankia is ransacked by the Danes, regain her freedom?  This struggle is the driving force propelling Norse Jewel forward and embroiling readers in the tribulations of Frankish maiden Helena and her Norse champion Hakan.  There is a Biblical theme in Conkle’s tale inciting the reader to ponder the importance of nurturing such qualities as honor and virtue and who possesses them by nature.

Adept at weaving an alluring romance about a man and a woman from different cultures who are of unequal social standing, Conkle creates plausible characters who break through the social norms that society imposes on them.  Rife with elements of drama, mystery, and romance, Norse Jewel draws readers into its world and holds their attention all the way through the read.  It’s a love story threatened by real-life conflicts and rivals whose rampage fosters rage and turmoil.

A few chapters prior to the conclusion, Conkle delivers an influx of surprises as Hakan must face the possibility that people whom he believed were loyal to him may have betrayed him.  The author leaves the reader hanging on tenterhooks as she concludes the story without resolving this issue.  It’s likely that Norse Jewel is the first installment in a series in which Conkle will gradually bring together the pieces of her creation and appease the reader’s curiosity on the matter of who are the traitors to Hakan and the kingdom.

A master at piquing the readers interest, Gina Conkle has crafted a mesmerizing story that evokes strong emotions in readers.  Norse Jewel gives meaning to the Viking Age, a period that is steeped in romantic lore as Conkle leads the reader through an enthralling tale in the period of the mighty Norse warriors.

Susan Frances

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in eastern Long Island, I always enjoyed writing and made several contributions to my high school literary magazine, The Lion's Pen. Influenced by writers of epic novels including Colleen McCullough and James Clavell, I gravitated to creative writing. After graduating from New York University with a BA in Liberal Arts, I tried my hand at conventional jobs but always returned to creative writing. Since 1998, I have been a freelance writer and have contributed thousands of articles to various e-zines including: Yahoo Voices,, Authors and Books (,,,,,,,,, Hybrid Magazine, and My latest romance novel The King Maker has been published by Champagne Books and can be found on the publisher’s mainstream bookstore at

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