One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America.
In the 10th 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 journey 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 1 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.
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The Struggles of a Christian Viking Woman Explorer
Yes, it's different than other Christian historical fiction out there and an enjoyable listen.
I really liked the setting and Viking characters.
I've listened to Becky Doughty narrate another book, and it was good. Her very precise enunciation threw me off at first with that other book, but she did a great job with God's Daughter. I've read in other reviews that her narration can be a little monotone. I agree only to a point. The narration itself is smooth and soothing, like sitting in the shallows of a creek in a light-speckled forest and letting the water slowly pass over your legs. Ms. Doughty doesn't get excited in her narration. It's soothing. However, the speaking parts, the dialogue and accents of the characters, are outstanding, with strong emotion and nice inflection. I'm glad I listened to the story instead of simply reading it.
Freydis, the "Forest Child," who was the illegitimate daughter of Eirik the Red. She's the lead character in the second book of the series, which I haven't read yet. She was both incredibly strong and yet when tragedy strikes very vulnerable. She was an interesting and realistic character.
The main character Gudrid is not like any other Christian fiction character I've come across. She was raised by a Norse profitess called a völva and trained to be one herself, memorizing all the chants and customs. She's also a healer. She became a Christian as an adult by the evangelism of a monk but has never read the Bible for herself. Being raised in a sexually loose society, she's realistically portrayed as a Christian woman who struggles with sexual desire. She loves her husband but craves the attention of other men in her life, men who openly tempt her. It was uncomfortable at times, listening to the struggles she had in her thoughts. At the same time, it was refreshing to "read" about a character who is not like the cookie cutter Christian characters in some other books, but a character who struggles in her mind but relies on God to keep her from faltering. She also struggled with juggling parenthood and her responsibilities as a leader in the community. She's a relatable character. She was also a well-rounded character who grew and matured during the course of the book. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.