DOUBLE BOOK REVIEW – Tuesday 6 December 2016 – VIKINGS of the NEW WORLD SAGA by HEATHER DAY GILBERT
BOOK REVIEW – GOD’S DAUGHTER
Gudrid grew up following pagan ways. But when pagan ways took her mother from her, she dismissed Thor and wants nothing to do with him. As a child of eleven, what choice did she have?
As a woman of two and twenty, Gudrid is twice widowed and living in Straumsfjord with her third husband and their child. As a former daughter –in-law of Eirik the Red, Gudrid is a leader in the camp in the new land, and she bears that role with care and responsibility.
But Gudrid has memories that haunt her dreams. Memories of a would-be love that was cut short. Can she lay those ghosts that haunt her dream to rest? Can she accept the love of her husband? Will she lay aside the past hopes and dreams and embrace the man she is now wed to?
I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.
BOOK REVIEW – GOD’S DAUGHTER
She always felt entitled to just as much as her brothers. But she was a girl. And she was forest child—the illegitimate daughter of Eirik the Red’s mistress.
Freydis lived up to the label of forest child. She was more at home in the trees than she was in the village or around people. And she bested her brothers at seeming everything.
Only Gudrid could talk to her—only Gudrid would talk to her. And with her Christian ways, it seemed only Gudrid loved her.
As Freydis strives to make her place in a man’s world, in a world of pagan beliefs and rituals, can she accept the love she seeks, the love she longs for? Will she relinquish her resentment of her half-brother, Leif Eiriksson, and receive the love Gudrid offers? The love of Christ?
Ms. Gilbert has brought to life the stories of these two women with such vivid telling. Based heavily on the Icelandic Sagas and written in first person point of view draws the reader in to an intimate telling of the first European women in North America. Ms. Gilbert’s depth of research and her heart for these stories make them come alive with vivid descriptions, vibrant settings, and authentic dialogue. I felt Gudrid’s conflict as she struggled to let go of unwanted love and embrace the enduring love of her husband. And the depth that Freydis believed she wasn’t good enough and had to prove her worth, verily leaps from the page—especially for this reviewer. I reveled with both as they earned their victories.
Ms. Gilbert has told these tales both succinctly and yet thoroughly, and given a new appreciation for the lives and history of the Viking people.
I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.
HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, 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 she and her husband are raising their children in the same home in which Heather grew up.
Heather’s Viking historical novels, God’s Daughter and Forest Child, are Amazon Norse bestsellers. Heather has also authored the bestselling Murder in the Mountains mystery series, the Hemlock Creek Suspense series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.
God’s Daughter, Forest Child, Tuesday Reviewsday, Double Book Review, Heather Day Gilbert, Historical Fiction, New World Saga
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