Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

Goddess Born
by Kari Edgren
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: May 19th 2014
Rate: Enjoyed it (4 stars)


Pennsylvania, 1730

Selah Kilbrid keeps a dangerous secret: she has the power to heal.

A direct descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid, it's Selah's sacred duty to help those in need. But as the last of the Goddess Born living in the New World, she learned from an early age to keep her supernatural abilities hidden. The Quaker community of Hopewell has always been welcoming, but there's no doubt they would see her hanged if her gift was revealed.

When a prominent minister threatens to try her with witchcraft unless she becomes his wife, Selah has only one hope--that her betrothed, a distant cousin from Ireland, arrives as planned. Marrying Samuel would keep her secret safe, preserve her sacred bloodline, and protect her from being charged as a witch.

But when news of Samuel's death reaches the Colonies, Selah is truly on her own. Terrified, she faces an impossible choice--forfeit her powers and marry the loathsome Nathan? Or find an imposter to pose as her husband and preserve her birthright?

Goddess Born is one of those historical novels, filled with magic and romance that would captivate you until the very first page.

So back into the 1700s, Selah is a good and caring woman that tries to help people whenever she can. With a unique gift for healing, Selah has gained a lot of friends, but also has the attention of others who want her no matter the cost. And when Nathan proposes her and she refuses to marry this horrible man, he threatens her with saying she's a witch. 

But not all is lost. A cousin is coming to marry her and "liberate" her from Nathan and his future accusations, but an unfortunately he dies on the trip. Selah might seem to have a lot of bad luck, but with the help of a servant named Henry who poses as her husband, Selah will try to survive in her era when being a woman was not that easy, and with a gift like hers, it was simply deadly.

Goddess Born is beautifully written and with such passion that makes the reader interested in every single detail of the story. The story is not also filled with the obvious romance that the synopsis promises or the amazing gift that Selah has, but also there's a constant "fear of living" what Selah was living and what was happening to her. There are also some unraveling moments during the story that were definitely not expected and that it makes the reader eager to know what's going to happen next. 

I loved how Kari Edgren brought the celtic mythology into this amazing story and I am beyond fascinated with everything in the story. I can say how happy I am to have had the chance to read this book. For those who like mythology and historical novels, this is definitely a must read. And even if you don't like as much historical novels, Selah and her story will make you a fan of them. If I were you, I wouldn't miss this story.

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Kari Edgren did not dream of becoming a writer. Instead, she dreamed of everything else and was often made to stay inside during kindergarten recess to practice her letters. Despite doting parents and a decent school system, Ms. Edgren managed to make it through elementary school having completed only one book cover to cover – The Box Car Children, which she read approximately forty-seven times. Things improved during high school, but not until she read Gabrielle Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude in college, did she truly understand the power of a book.

Ms. Edgren aspires to be a Vulcan, a world-acclaimed opera singer, and two inches taller. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts. Ms. Edgren hasn’t stopped dreaming, but has finally mastered her letters enough to put the stories on paper.

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