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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.
©2013 Heather Day Gilbert (P)2014 Heather Day Gilbert
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By Sharon on 05-24-17

The Struggles of a Christian Viking Woman Explorer

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's different than other Christian historical fiction out there and an enjoyable listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the setting and Viking characters.

What does Becky Doughty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Who was the most memorable character of God's Daughter and why?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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By Beth on 09-06-16

Engrossing Story!

I really enjoyed the audio of God's Daughter. The narrator does a lovely job of using different tones and inflections for the various voices - her Scottish accent is excellent and really made that character come to life for me.

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By Susan Keefe on 06-04-14

A wonderful story about the Vikings.

Would you listen to God's Daughter again? Why?

Through our childhood history lessons we know of the tall, blond, brave, Viking men who travelled widely and fought fearlessly, we can all picture them. However, now, in a story, we get the opportunity to consider the women who were their wives and mothers, and take a glimpse into what their lives would have been like in those harsh times. For this story is based on a true character Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir who was the daughter-in-Law of Eiric the Red.<br/><br/>It is set in the tenth century and has a very powerful opening with Gudrid, who is a Chief’s daughter, and training to be a seeress, witnessing a horrific act, one so cruel that it turns the young girl against her Viking gods, and sets her on the path to Christianity. <br/><br/>I have to say, this is a wonderful way to learn about the Vikings and their history in a very easy to listen to story, which is beautifully narrated by Becky Doughty. The author has done her research well, and we are transported back in time, with Gudrid, as she travels the seas with her third husband Finn, who is the leader of an expedition which is searching for the legendary Vinland off the coast of North America.<br/><br/>Gudrid, is, as one would expect, a very strong character, she is capable, caring, protective and strong for those who need her help, and yet she has a vulnerable side and is very beautiful which makes her the object of male attention. For a woman in her era, she has firm Christian beliefs, yet, although she follows them, she must obey her husband and follow the customs of her people.<br/><br/>Being an animal lover, I especially loved the female wolf, whom she rescues, despite its reputation as a fierce predator, and the ways it repays her.<br/><br/>Full of action and adventure, her story is one which brings into focus what life must really have been like for the people of those times, where the women needed to be as brave as the men and protective of each other.<br/><br/>I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this compelling story. The life of this strong woman, ‘God’s Daughter,’ whose story has survived the passage of time, is brought to life again through the writings of this talented author.<br/>

What did you like best about this story?

I have to say, this is a wonderful way to learn about the Vikings and their history in a very easy to listen to story, which is beautifully narrated by Becky Doughty. The author has done her research well, and we are transported back in time, with Gudrid, as she travels the seas with her third husband Finn, who is the leader of an expedition which is searching for the legendary Vinland off the coast of North America.<br/><br/>

Which character – as performed by Becky Doughty – was your favourite?

My favourite character is Gudrid. She is, as one would expect, a very strong character, she is capable, caring, protective and strong for those who need her help, and yet she has a vulnerable side and is very beautiful which makes her the object of male attention. For a woman in her era, she has firm Christian beliefs, yet, although she follows them, she must obey her husband and follow the customs of her people.<br/>

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Full of action and adventure, her story is one which brings into focus what life must really have been like for the people of those times, where the women needed to be as brave as the men and protective of each other.<br/><br/>Also, being an animal lover, I especially loved the female wolf, whom she rescues, despite its reputation as a fierce predator, and the ways it repays her.<br/><br/><br/>

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this compelling story. The life of this strong woman, ‘God’s Daughter,’ whose story has survived the passage of time, is brought to life again through the writings of this talented author.<br/>

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