I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goddess Born by Kari Edgren
on May 19th 2014
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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?
So it’s safe to say that I pretty much loved everything about this book. I was completely caught off guard! I was expecting something more… teen, if that makes any sense. This is a book that can be enjoyed by teens and adults alike. The writing style is very much a mature historical fiction, though completely clean, without sex or bad language.
The story, at its core, isn’t overly complicated. Selah Kilbrid has some, shall we say, unique gifts that she is forced to hide. One of the risks of living in the 1700s is being declared a witch and burned at the stake. From there, the story gets more complicated. I loved all of the details, and how Edgren set the stage right from page one. There is a certain romantic touch to the story, but it’s more mystery. I honestly couldn’t figure out who dunnit (and I’m not an easy person to stump!) and I was constantly running over the facts, trying to work it out. Everyone is a suspect! 😉
The setting was very well built, and I imagine that Edgren did a lot of research to put it all together so seamlessly. The dialogue, the costumes, and even the scents and sounds; it all played a part it painting the scene. I devoured this story as quickly as possible. But then it was over… a sequel would very much be appreciated. There’s isn’t a cliffhanger, and I suppose a sequel isn’t necessary… but I want it! The story could easily become much larger! I’m not finished with these characters yet! More please!
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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