Welcome to the OFFICIAL 'About The Author' page of:
Mary Ann Bernal
Historical fiction author, Mary Ann Bernal, fell in love with medieval England after reading Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe. Then came the great Hollywood epics such as Knights of the Round Table, Prince Valiant, The Black Shield of Falworth and The Vikings, to name a few. Add to the mix Camelot, and an incurable romantic Anglophile was born!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Ann Bernal, author of The Briton and the Dane novels and the Scribbler Tales series, is an avid history buff, focusing on the Dark Ages. She is also a passionate supporter of the U.S. military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm.
All of Mary Ann’s novels and short story collections are dedicated to fallen military heroes who gave their lives defending our freedom. A prolific writer originally hailing from New York, Mary Ann now resides in Omaha and has traveled for pleasure and research to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy and Greece.
King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia. An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham. Richard and his army are accompanied by his daughter, Gwyneth, an impetuous and reckless young woman – at once striking, intellectually gifted, but dangerously vain and imprudent. While Richard broods on the Viking threat, Gwyneth falls in love with an enemy prince - only to discover that she has been betrothed to a Saxon warrior twice her age. Refusing to countenance her grim fate, she flees the fortress, but is soon kidnapped by a Viking warrior and taken to the camp of King Guthrum while Saxon search parties scour the land. In captivity, a hostage to fortune, and the focus of political intrigue, Gwyneth is submerged in a world of expediency, betrayal and black treachery. Slowly, she realizes the truth is suspect, nothing is what it appears and her reality cannot be trusted. And all the time, against this background, she desires nothing more than to be reunited with her dashing Danish prince.
A friend of mine recommended this book. I was intrigued because I knew very little about this time in history. To my delight Mary Ann Bernal immediately drew me into the story of Love, betrayal, dreams in the Ninth Century. The character's sprang alive from the very first page. I could easily identify myself with feisty Gwyneth, a will of her own, wanting more than, what was, the norm in that Era . I did not realise all this happened outside my ' front door.' I live very close the Wareham and Corfe castle and all the other places mentioned. Mary Ann Bernal's love for writing is evident, and she certainly relishes this Era, that is clear from every page you turn and clear from all the research which must have gone into writing this book. Without realising it at the beginning, I learned a lot besides enjoying the reading. I will definitely buy the other books.
Since I enjoy reading about medieval times this title intrigued me. Mary Ann Bernal is a talented teller of history. She took me back to the days of Alfred the Great- bringing to life believable characters who took the story forward. It kept my interest until the end and I wanted to read more.