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God's Daughter (Vikings of the New World Saga Book 1) by [Gilbert, Heather Day]
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Praise for GOD'S DAUGHTER: 
"The life of Vikings in North America is energetically described, and the entire cast of characters feel fresh and vivid, including Leif Ericson and Gudrid's father-in-law Eric the Red... a remarkably assured tale, well-recommended." ~ Historical Novel Society Reviews, May 2014 
 
"Gudrid is a protagonist that any woman can identify with and relate to...God's Daughter is not a frivolous or blithe novel, but a richly detailed one, a tale meant to be savored and revisited time and time again." ~ 5-Star Review from Kristi Lindsey for Readers' Favorite, Dec 2013

"Vivid, powerful...triumphant. This story took me by the heart." ~ Joanne Bischof, award-winning author of the Cadence of Grace series
 
"God's Daughter offers a brave, fresh look at a lost way of life and the Vikings who left an indelible mark in history. Author Heather Gilbert weaves a riveting novel with unforgettable characters and circumstances, the first installment in a series sure to resonate with historical fans. The stunning cover is only the beginning!" ~ Laura Frantz, Christy finalist and author of Love's Reckoning

"God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a stirring tenth century saga of early Christianity, and one Viking woman's heroic struggle to sustain her faith and her marriage amidst a dangerous voyage to North America. Heather Day Gilbert's voice is strong and certain, her story world breathtakingly vivid, the character of Gudrid one I will never forget." ~ Lori Benton, author of Burning Sky

About the Author

HEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up.
 
Heather's Viking historical novel, God's Daughter, is an Amazon Norse Bestseller. She is also the author of  the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

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  • File Size: 2863 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1492880418
  • Publisher: WoodHaven Press (October 29, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GAJKV8G
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,982 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lisa Bartelt on October 31, 2013
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I've read a lot of books across a lot of time periods, but I think I can safely say that reading this book was a first for me.

God's Daughter by Heather Day Gilbert is a story about Vikings. Not only that but about a Viking woman who's a Christian. If there are two words I wouldn't think to put together it's "viking" and "Christian." Because let's face it, my knowledge of Vikings is purely stereotypical. (I'm thinking of those Capital One credit card commercials, and of course, the football team that is a mortal enemy of my beloved Chicago Bears. But I digress.)

It didn't matter to me what else the story was about. That the main character was a Christian Viking woman was intriguing enough for me to want to read it. (Disclaimer: I received an electronic advance reader copy of God's Daughter from the author in exchange for my review.)

And oh, was I glad I did. (And is that not the most gorgeous cover? Wow.)

Written in a beautiful, believable first-person point of view, God's Daughter is the story of Gudrid, a Viking woman on a voyage to the New World with her husband, Finn, and a crew of Viking men (and a few women). She's a leader in her own right, a daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America. She's passionate and also tortured by her own feelings for other men in her life.

I couldn't look away. I felt like I knew Gudrid and got a real sense of her struggles and vulnerabilities. She was a Viking who lived centuries ago, but her struggles aren't all that different from women today. We want to take care of the people we love. We want to support our husbands. We want to use our gifts and callings for the good of the community. So relatable.
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A few weeks ago, Heather Day Gilbert approached me about reading/reviewing God’s Daughter. I had already downloaded the ebook on my Kindle, so this gave me a good excuse to dig into an historical novel that covers a time period I had no knowledge about. And at first I found the book slow-going. I had absolutely no frame of reference for the time period or setting (shame on me and my limited history education) and I found the Norse names hard to get used to. But . . . I soon became engrossed in the story of a legendary woman who was a strong Viking woman with healing powers, a definite feminine side and a love for the one true God. If you are looking for that something different historical novel, then check out God’s Daughter.

Casting by Ásmundur Sveinsson of a statue of Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir and her son in Laugarbrekka, Iceland
Gudrid’s story begins circa 1000 AD on the coast of eastern modern-day Canada with a group of Vikings looking for Eirik The Red’s Vinland. Gudrid must contend with Norse myths and ruthless gods, lusty and sometimes barbaric Vikings, a wild and untamed environment and threats from the indigenous peoples as well as fellow Icelanders/Greenlanders. The prologue gives the reader a point to begin as Gudrid is faced with the Norse culture that is so different from the grace and sacrifice taught by Christ. Gudrid also has to fight against her own passionate nature as she struggles with staying faithful to her husband and her God.

Heather does a good job of drawing her readers into a story that is so different from what we are used to. This is not a genteel Regency romance! The Vikings were rough people, but with a highly developed moral code based on strength, bravery and oftentimes revenge.
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What’s a girl to do when she’s married to a good man, but has feelings for another? Enter the world of the Vikings, and meet Gudrid. A beautiful woman related by marriage to Eirik the Red, she was a real person, and a Viking Christian. History books tell us Virginia Dare was the first child born in the New World, and maybe she was the first English child, but Gudrid’s son, Snorri, came before her.

I slipped into Gudrid’s skin as I read, such was the author’s skill with deep POV and first person, present tense. While Gudrid did seem a bit fickle in her emotions, I appreciated her honest heart and yearning for a protector. Many married spouses either deny their improper feelings, or look for ways to excuse them. Not Gudrid. She was honest with herself, and I loved her for it. In fact, all the characters in “God’s Daughter” were unique and endearing in their own ways. Snorri Thorbrandsson had a haunted aura about him that made him a favorite. And Freydis! She’s Eirik the Red’s daughter, and an intense, no-nonsense warrior woman. I hope the author plans to write a book featuring her story.

Pages went flying as I ate up the Viking history and period details, and guessed at the mystery. Though there was plenty of action to keep me happy, the author didn’t wrap it up quite like I’d expected, with the standard, worst-case-scenario and breath-stealing climax, but in a way that felt more true-to-life and organic to the plot.

“God’s Daughter” is sure to minister to those struggling with disappointment in their marriages, and dissatisfaction with their circumstances. I know it ministered to me, and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.
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