Fawn is looking for a book that she needs for research. And re-reading, obviously.
I have been referred here and am praying you can help me as I have searched in so many ways and am unsuccessful in my attempts so far. My description is below. I believe I read it in the 90s.
It was about a Saxon girl being given in marriage by her horrible father and brothers (the father and brothers are messy and abusive) to a Nordic or Viking chieftan in marriage. The father/brothers are abusive in the extreme by enslaving the girl, demeaning her, and later trying to examine her maidenhead. The girl is scared to be married away to such a man.
She runs away to lose her virginity on her own terms only to lose it to her groom unbeknownst to her at the time. He ends up protecting her from her horrid family and giving her a good life and a HEA.
I cannot remember author or title and have searched everywhere. I would like this book to include it as a reference for a large paper I am doing on the evolution on the genre. I love your site and hope I can help others out and I hope someone knows of my book. Thanks.
Do you recognize this book?