God's Daughter



❮BOOKS❯ ✯ God's Daughter Author Heather Day Gilbert – E17streets4all.co.uk One Viking woman One God One legendary journey to the New WorldIn the tenth century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christia One Viking woman One God One legendary journey to the New WorldIn 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 AmericaBut 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 apartAlmost 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 AmericaThis novel is based heavily on the Icelandic Sagas.God's Daughter

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren t afraid to protect those they love Publisher s Weekly gave Heather s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership Find Heather on Pinterest heatherdgilbert , Instagram heatherdaygilbert , Twitter heatherdgilbert , and Facebook heatherdaygilbert You can find all her books at heatherdaygilbert.

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  • God's Daughter
  • Heather Day Gilbert
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  • 04 August 2018

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  1. says:

    Most readers with any knowledge of early American history are aware that Viking sailors, faring south westward from Greenland, discovered mainland North America actually, Greenland itself is geographically and culturally historically considered part of North America, while Iceland is considered the westernmost part of Europe , around the year 1000 A.D No lasting settlements were made, but archaeologists have excavated the temporary settlement at L Anse aux Meadows in present day Newfoundland Most readers with any knowledge of early American history are aware that Viking sailors, faring south westward from Greenland, discovered mainland North America actually, Greenland itself is geographically and culturally historically considered part of North America, while Iceland is considered the westernmost part of Europe , around the year 1000 A.D No lasting settlements were made, but archaeologists have excavated the temporary settlement at L Anse aux Meadows in present day Newfoundland probably the one referred to in the sagas as Straumsfjord The Viking settlements in Greenland died out literally, from starvation as the climate cooled in the Little Ice Age and left no written records, so our main contemporary sources for the Viking voyages to Vinland are two oral Icelandic sagas, committed to writing about 250 years after the events, which differ in details but basically present a common core of factual information The skalds who composed and transmitted the sagas weren t composing fiction they were recording history for an aliterate society, although they sometimes garbled or misunderstood details Evangelical Christian author Heather Day Gilbert has taken these sagas, coupled with serious research into the Viking history and culture of that era, plausibly reconstructed a unified picture of the events they present, and brought it to life in a masterful historical novel, the first in a projected series Faithful to known facts, she uses her imagination to flesh them out, and to reconstruct believable personalities for the major and minor players in the events I ve read modern re tellings of the sagas, though not the sagas themselves, and could recognize persons and events here The focus here is the third Viking voyage to the new lands and its aftermath, and our present tense, first person narrator is Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, wife of expedition leader Thorfinn Karlsefni Our setting is both the New World and Greenland with a grim prologue set in Gudrid s native Iceland, where we share a formative experience she had to undergo at the age of 11.As the sagas make clear, the voyages to Vinland were dangerous This book gives us our share of dangerous situations, and the threat of danger is a constant reality This can come not only from Indians or Skraelings, as the Vikings call them but from potential rape and mutiny by elements within the Viking band, from the sea, and from wild and imperfectly domesticated animals Hunger and disease pose their threats too, in a culture without antibiotics or antiseptics Gudrid s 24 years old at the time of the main story and she s already been widowed twice, a circumstance not particularly unusual in her time and place But this is in the main a novel about human and family relationships, about personal growth, and about living one s Christian faith in a flawed world As a teen, Gudrid was trained to be a volva, a pagan priestess but she s a Christian now, albeit one who can t read the Bible and has scant training in the faith, in a society where Christianity is spreading rapidly but still far from universal or deep rooted Gudrid is brought to life with wonderful vividness I would have to describe this novel as one of the most psychologically realistic and nuanced that I ve ever read Despite the impression the cover might create, she s not a swordswoman and isn t thrust into an action heroine role here but she IS a Viking she s got inner strength and resolve in spades, as well as leadership abilities, and she doesn t back down from physically challenging situations, either Other characters are well developed, too Gilbert s handling of her main character s internal life compares favorably with Henry James at his best, though her prose is muchreadable and her focus better balanced between the inner and outer life Her writing also reminds me in some ways of another historical novelist I greatly like, Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset She makes us feel the tense, claustrophobic, half hungry atmosphere of Straumsfjord, and the pathos of what we know to be the doomed enclaves on Greenland While she denies in her concluding Author s Note that she s an expert on Viking history, her research is clearly solid I could recognize facts I already knew, as well as learning some I didn t The Viking world is recreated here with its dark side not glossed over we see the use of human sacrifice at times, the ugliness of slavery, attitudes of rabid sexism and racial ethnic prejudice, acceptance of infanticide as a parental prerogative And we see all these things with recognition allowing for outward cosmetic differences, general attitudes in our own post Christian culture aren t much different from those of the pre Christian or imperfectly Christianized Vikings For me, this was a quick and thoroughly engrossing read, enhanced by my natural interest in my own Scandinavian heritage But I think readers of other ethnicities would find this just as absorbing For readers whose interest in further reading about the Vikings is piqued by this novel, the list of helpful books and online sources in the Author s Note is a nice touch This book was already on my to read list when I won a copy in a recent giveaway I ll definitely be following the series as it develops, and I m also going to be interested in exploring the author s contemporary mystery series

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    I absolutely loved this book Heather Day Gilbert has a compelling voice and weaves a story that had me sitting back and thinking What a brave author She dives deep and thick into the human spirit, exposing both weakness and sin while also bringing hope as these characters craved an understanding of the Lord I rejoiced over their triumphs and grieved in their heartaches and loss This novel is powerful, poetic and at times, gritty It s a look at humanity in all its forms and celebrates wha I absolutely loved this book Heather Day Gilbert has a compelling voice and weaves a story that had me sitting back and thinking What a brave author She dives deep and thick into the human spirit, exposing both weakness and sin while also bringing hope as these characters craved an understanding of the Lord I rejoiced over their triumphs and grieved in their heartaches and loss This novel is powerful, poetic and at times, gritty It s a look at humanity in all its forms and celebrates what God can do in any life as He is the author and finisher of our faith

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    I wish they had a wrote shelf Ha Of course I need to say I read my own book, and of course I would want to give it five stars I hope Viking culture comes alive as people read about Gudrid s life.

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    9 6 16 Audio book reviewThe audio book is excellent I really enjoyed this listen to gear up for Forest Child s upcoming release The narrator does such a good job with the different tones and inflections of the characters She doesn t try for any outlandish sounding accents, but I will say her Scottish accent is excellent and sounded just like I thought that character should sound If you re interested in Viking s and what life was like for Viking women, I can t recommend God s Daughter enough 9 6 16 Audio book reviewThe audio book is excellent I really enjoyed this listen to gear up for Forest Child s upcoming release The narrator does such a good job with the different tones and inflections of the characters She doesn t try for any outlandish sounding accents, but I will say her Scottish accent is excellent and sounded just like I thought that character should sound If you re interested in Viking s and what life was like for Viking women, I can t recommend God s Daughter enough.2014 Review Gudrid is a Viking woman, and she s the real deal She doesn t back down from conflict, and she s not afraid to wield a weapon to protect herself of those that she loves from harm Even so, her hand in marriage isof a commodity than something to be won, and she must give in to the whims of the powerful men in her life Despite the marriage to her husband, Finn, a good man, she is still unsettled, torn by her feelings for Leif Eiriksson yes, THE Leif that she left behind to travel with Finn to the new world.Settling in a hostile, unknown environment and an absent husband both emotionally and physically leaves Gudrid open to temptations of the adoring Snorri, Finn s second in command Her honest portrayal of Gudrid s desire for a protector and fight for survival were raw and moving I loved her prickly yet strong nature.The plot flows steadily, full of relationship struggles, as well as the ever present fear of attack from their enemies and the true fight to survive day to day Every aspect was realistically drawn the actions and motivations of the characters might have seemed harsh or extreme, however, they truly fit the setting and time period of the story Viking fought harsh, acted first, spoke later or sometimes not at all , and I thought they were beautifully drawn here I loved the secondary characters, especially Freydis and Snorri, and I m so happy to know that Freydis gets her own story in book two.God s Daughter surprised me it made me smile, made me frustrated, and moved me Gudrid s was a story that made my heart ache, yet made it sing Heather Day Gilbert is officially on my authors to read list, and God s Daughter is a favorite of the year so far I applaud her for choosing to set her story among Vikings She brought a little explored group to life in a realistic, fresh way

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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, 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 felttrue 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 readingfrom this author Fantastic debut, well done

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    Heather Day Gilbert just became one of my favorite authors God s Daughter is everything I m looking for in a novel fascinating history, vivid setting, complex characters who evolve and grow as the pages turn, skillful storytelling, realistic dialogue, and relevance for today In fact, I was surprised at how this Viking tale brimmed with lessons for today s readers I absolutely loved the heroine and found her faith in Jesus so inspiring as she lived in a pagan culture which worshiped Thor I d Heather Day Gilbert just became one of my favorite authors God s Daughter is everything I m looking for in a novel fascinating history, vivid setting, complex characters who evolve and grow as the pages turn, skillful storytelling, realistic dialogue, and relevance for today In fact, I was surprised at how this Viking tale brimmed with lessons for today s readers I absolutely loved the heroine and found her faith in Jesus so inspiring as she lived in a pagan culture which worshiped Thor I devoured this book in less than 48 hours and eagerly await the next in the series Bonus there is an author s note on the history and a list of her resources at the end of the novel

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    A lot of people love history, but not many are patient enough to slog through a thousand year old Icelandic saga Guess what you don t have to any Author Heather Day Gilbert did the homework for you and wrote a hard hitting action packed adventure in her debut novel, GOD S DAUGHTER.I admit I am somewhat of a Viking history snob, but this girl did her work There s not one horned helmet or sight of a shield on the side of a ship amid high sea This is the kind of accurate historical read tha A lot of people love history, but not many are patient enough to slog through a thousand year old Icelandic saga Guess what you don t have to any Author Heather Day Gilbert did the homework for you and wrote a hard hitting action packed adventure in her debut novel, GOD S DAUGHTER.I admit I am somewhat of a Viking history snob, but this girl did her work There s not one horned helmet or sight of a shield on the side of a ship amid high sea This is the kind of accurate historical read that I can whole heartedly recommend.The story centers around the life of a young wife and mother, Gudrid, who s traveled to the new world with her husband Life is primitive in this land, and they eventually trek back to Greenland, her previous home where Leif Erickson is master yes, the Leif who discovered America fella.Warning spoiler alert Woven into the adventure is a love story that leaves you wondering who will end up with Gudrid s heart She struggles with an attraction to several other men besides her husband, but finally realizes she loves her husbandthan any other man quite a refreshing message in this day and age.While the Viking peoples of the time often mixed their religions, melding old guard gods with Christianity, Gudrid stands firm in her faith This is handled in a manner that is not overtly preachy, though, and is very well done.There are only a handful of Viking novels that I recommend This is one Buy it Don t make me come over there with a battle axe

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    Every now and then I like to read something different And this was different Timeframe 1000AD Location Straumfjord Present day Newfoundland Characters Gudrid, daughter in law of Eirik the Red, sister in law to Leif Eiriksson spellings in the book are this way which was in keeping with Viking spellings She had two husbands before her current husband, the second one being Eirik the Red s son Those husbands both died not long into the marriages Thorfinn FinnGudrid s current husband S Every now and then I like to read something different And this was different Timeframe 1000AD Location Straumfjord Present day Newfoundland Characters Gudrid, daughter in law of Eirik the Red, sister in law to Leif Eiriksson spellings in the book are this way which was in keeping with Viking spellings She had two husbands before her current husband, the second one being Eirik the Red s son Those husbands both died not long into the marriages Thorfinn FinnGudrid s current husband Sailor and trader Freydis Illegitimate daughter of Eirik the Red Snorri, friend of Gudrid and Finn, and secretly in love with Gudrid forever Several servant women who are close to GudridThis is the first of Heather Day Gilbert s Viking saga books Several months ago I read 2, which was about Freydisalso very different But I liked it, so I wanted to backtrack and read the first one Glad I did.Freydis does not become a believer until the end of 2, but in this book Gudrid was a believer from the start She had readily accepted the gospel after she watched her mother being sacrificed to one of the Norse god s She wanted nothingthan to rid her life of false god s who cared nothing for the wellbeing of its subjects Jesus was a loving, caring God she believed in immediately However, without the Holy Scriptures she floundered with what to obey at times But she and her husband wanted to live Christians lives Vikings, however, were barbaric people, and getting past the ways in which they grew up was a struggle Men wanted her because she was beautiful She never intended to act on their lusts, but she enjoyed the idea of being held, and their attention Leif Eiriksson was one who gave her lots of attention and would have taken her if not for his Christian faith, and having to marry someone else Snorri was another who loved her and wanted her, but he respected her, and protected her from those who had little to no respect Her husband went on an expedition to plunder other lands and bring back wealth While he was gone lots of things happened which had Gudrid in the middle of it all Raids from neighboring people Skraelings , a stillbirth, a wolf who decided to make friends with her, attacks by several men, and always the fear her husband might not return were things she faced.So as to not give it all away, I will leave it at that I enjoyed the book a lot Could hardly put it down, in fact I m glad I went back to the first of the series I really like Ms Gilbert s writing and will definitely readby her

  9. says:

    Great history and writing Had me sweating, though, as a husband Wondered how many muscular, long haired men have declared their love to my wife since we ve been married.

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    I love a well researched novel set in a place and time I m largely unfamiliar with I mean, I know Leif Erickson had something to do with finding North America, but after reading this book, I want to doresearch on him Gudrid, despite her clunky, terrible historically accurate name, was wonderful as the heroine and narrator of this story Gilbert tackles issues unseen in much of Christian fiction with finesse She had my emotions in a tangle throughout the entire story, and totally blind I love a well researched novel set in a place and time I m largely unfamiliar with I mean, I know Leif Erickson had something to do with finding North America, but after reading this book, I want to doresearch on him Gudrid, despite her clunky, terrible historically accurate name, was wonderful as the heroine and narrator of this story Gilbert tackles issues unseen in much of Christian fiction with finesse She had my emotions in a tangle throughout the entire story, and totally blindsided me with a twist at one point that left me reeling My only beef with the writing is some confusion on Gudrid s backstory I realize Gilbert took great pains to remain historically accurate with the names and details of Gudrid s first two husbands, but it was mildly confusing and took me much of the book to sort out I m looking forward to Freydis s story nextand wondering if poor Ref will last long

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