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Forest Child: Vikings of the New World Saga, Book 2

Hey all! I just wanted to introduce you to this amazing story, hot off the press on November 1, 2016. I have been waiting for this one for a while! After reading, and loving, God’s Daughter, book one in the Vikings of the New World Saga, I was intrigued by this forest child named Freydis.Synopsis

Here’s the synopsis straight from the Author’s mouth:

“Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother.

Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate “forest child” of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland.

But nothing can prepare her for the horrors she must confront in Vinland…and nothing can stand in her way when her family is threatened.

In her race to outrun the truths that might destroy her, Freydis ultimately collides with the only enemy she cannot silence—her own heart.

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.”

Forest Child is a definite page turner! Freydis is probably one of the most complex characters I have ever read! Since the book is written in first person, it really allows the reader to get inside her complicated head. Several times I found myself shouting, in my mind of course, “no, Freydis, no! Don’t do it, Freydis!” But you guessed it, she does it anyway! True to the Viking stories of old, there is a fair amount of violence and mayhem! None of it is sugar coated, but that’s the reality of the time! Is there room for redemption, even for someone like Freydis? You’ll have to read it to find out!

I would give Forest Child a definite five star rating….but because this blog is primarily about biology and in memory of the berserkers of this time period, I’ll opt for a Five+ Mushroom Rating!

You can read other testimonials from Author readers on Heather’s website.


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 is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up.

Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, is an Amazon Norse Bestseller. She is also the author of  the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series. Her mystery, Trial by Twelve, was the 2015 Grace Award winner for Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense. Heather also authored the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

You can find Heather online here:heather-day-gilbert






Disclaimer: I was given an advanced reader copy of Forest Child in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation of any kind has been received.

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Trial By Twelve by Heather Day Gilbert

Last year, I had the opportunity to blog about Heather Day Gilbert’s first two novels, God’s Daughter, book one in the Vikings of the New World saga and Miranda Warning, book one in A Murder in the Mountains Series. After Miranda Warning was released, there was chatter about what would come next. Would it be the second book in the Vikings of the New World series or the second book in A Murder in the Mountains Series?  I was torn, because I fell in love with the characters in both stories!  This author does a great job at creating both memorable characters and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Just a few short weeks ago, Heather released Trial By Twelve, A Murder in the Mountains series, Book 2 and it does not disappoint! It had me guessing “who done it” right until the end! Before you get started here’s a synopsis of both mysteries:


Book 1: Miranda Warning 

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Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda’s mailbox—a note written in a dead woman’s handwriting—Tess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Book 2: Trial by Twelve

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Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa’s back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry.

As the investigation gets underway, someone dumps a fresh body near the excavated burial site, confirming unspeakable fears. A serial killer has returned to Buckneck, West Virginia…a skilled hunter with a unique taste in prey.

When Tess agrees to help the cunning Detective Tucker gather clues from the inside, she discovers the posh spa hides more than dead bodies. Even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that the killer’s sights have zeroed in on her.

Unpredictable psychological mystery replete with memorable characters, Trial by Twelve is Book Two in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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 HEATHER DAY GILBERT enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, she believes that bittersweet, generational stories are in her blood. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Heather has been married for eighteen years and has three children.

Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, was an Amazon Norse Bestseller for an entire year. She is also the author of  A Murder in the Mountains mystery series, and the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

You can find Heather online here:


Disclaimer: I received advanced reader copies of these books in exchange for my posts. No other compensation of any kind has been received. Watercolor Icon courtesy of Rose @

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