If you’ve been around history buffs for any length of time, you may have heard about how the Vikings, mainly Erik the Red, explored North America way before Columbus. Well, if you’re interested in a fictional take on life in AD 1000 on a Viking expedition, then “God’s Daughter” by Heather Day Gilbert is a must read!
The first part of the book was set in North America at one of the Viking camps and the second part showed their way of life back in Greenland, after the expedition. I soooooo enjoyed this book! It was like a cross between a Colonial novel and an old Scottish/Irish historical. You could tell that the author did a lot of research before writing this book; there were so many cultural things the Vikings did that I had no idea was a thing. It was all very fascinating.
In addition, not only was the setting and foreign way of life interesting, the characters were so memorable! Gudrid, the heroine, was my favorite. She was a chieftain’s daughter, suffered the loss of her mother at a young age, two dead husbands and left her home in Greenland to join her third husband on a trip to the new world. To me, she was the most interesting character, and my oh my, there were several interesting characters in this book! Unlike a lot of heroines in Christian Fiction, she was already married and had a child from the first page. I felt that gave the story a different outlook than a typical romance book, and there was a lot of romance and romantic struggles in this story too. But the thing I loved the most was her realistic struggle with the Christian faith. It was so new to the people of that time that there was no Scripture available to those living in Greenland – only what she could remember from her conversation with a monk. (Y’all, that’s real, right there!) I enjoyed how the author made those thoughts and feelings come across. It felt genuine.
Conclusion: I love novels that are based off of true stories and/or real life events. When I got to the end of the book and the Authors Note explained the author didn’t change the names of several characters because she wanted them to reflect their real life counterparts, I was delighted. Truly felt like I learned a bit of lesser known history. Many thanks to my peeps in the “Avid Readers of Christian Fiction” group on Facebook for recommending “God’s Daughter,” now, I recommend it too!