On the Cold Coasts by Vilborg Davidsdottir

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When a fleet of one hundred English ships is caught in a horrible storm off the cold coasts of fifteenth-century Iceland, twenty-five ships are lost. For Ragna, the daughter of a respected family and betrothed to Thorkell, her relationship with one of the seamen washed ashore results in pregnancy. Now barren due to a traumatic childbirth and stigmatized as a fallen woman, she is left with no prospects for marriage when the betrothal is ultimately canceled.

A decade later, Ragna becomes a housekeeper to the new English bishop in North Iceland, where passionate and ambitious Thorkell is a priest and steward. They embark on a fervent but doomed love affair as priests cannot marry and Ragna will not be a concubine. Little does Ragna know but her host, the bishop, is instigating the conflict between the English and Nordic settlers to his own gain, with a devastating impact on his housekeeper. As sweeping as it is intimate, On the Cold Coasts is a powerful, enduring story of love and personal sacrifice.


About Vilborg Davidsdottir

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Vilborg Davidsdottir worked in the media for fifteen years as a journalist, radio programmer, and TV reporter but has focused on her writing since 2000. The author of six historical novels, she lives in Reykjavík. On the Cold Coasts is her first book to be translated into English.
Published March 13, 2012 by AmazonCrossingEnglish. 220 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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