Hello dear readers. :)
I have another book review to share today. I had a lot of feelings and thoughts after finishing this book, and I’m not sure how to get them all across here, but I will certainly try! :)
Title: “God’s Daughter” Book One in the Vikings of the New World sagas.
Author: Heather Day Gilbert
Source: Review copy from author
Number of pages: 323
My rating (0-5): 5 stars.
Description of book:
One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America.
In the tenth century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a voyage to North America.
But even as Gudrid faces down murderous crewmen, raging sickness, and hostile natives, she realizes her greatest enemy is herself—and the secrets she hides might just tear her marriage apart.
Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God’s Daughter, Book One in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir—daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America.
As soon as I received this book and opened it’s beginning pages, I knew I was going to love it. First of all you should know, I’ve always loved the history involving vikings. I find it so interesting.
“God’s Daughter” is super well-written. It captivates you. I really liked how uniquely it was written, truly.
I loved Gudrid. Her character was very relateable for me right now. I love a character that you can understand what she is going through. Towards the end when she just felt tired from all the death (sorry for that spoiler!), I identified; I grieved. Because I understand her feelings of being so weary.
God always has me read books at the perfect time, and I think this was one of those. I’ve been tired and worn lately. There has been a lot going on. That allowed me to relate to Gudrid and reading this book has allowed me to also ‘grieve’ in my own way. When I finished it, I felt this deeper sadness in me, and I thought it was due to the book, but, I think more accurately, it is that the book just let all that surface in me.
Now, I don’t want you to think this is the most depressing book – because it is not! It is a very good book, and one I’ll keep close. Yes, it’s evident about the struggles involved, but that is partly what makes it such a good read. It’s a real book, not just a ‘fluffy’ one.
And there is happy parts in the book – I smiled many times during my time reading.
“God’s Daughter” is an excellent book. It’s enlightening to the time period, and teaches you more without you even realizing it. It’s a rich book. The ages I would encourage to read this book would be from at least 16 years old and upward, only for some minor scenes of the pagan rituals and minor marriage references. Nothing huge at all, as it was all carefully written.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am eager for more in the series! I would definitely recommend this book.
Thank you so much, Mrs. Gilbert, for sending me a review copy! I am truly grateful! Well done on an excellent novel. :)
More about the author:
Heather Day Gilbert enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Sixteen years of marriage to her sweet Yankee husband have given her some perspective, as well as ten years spent homeschooling her three children. Heather is a monthly contributor to Novel Rocket, a site dedicated to bringing helpful information to authors.
Note: I received “God’s Daughter” free from the author in return for my honest and unbiased review.