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About the Book
Author: Kari Edgren
Series: Goddess Born #2
Series: Goddess Born #2
Publication Date: May 19, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Historical,
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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?
About the Author
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.
My Review of Goddess Born
Goddess Born is just the sort of refreshing slightly paranormal story I needed right now. Selah is in quite a predicament when she sets off to meet her cousin’s ship in Philadelphia, in the hopes of a quick marriage to her betrothed to prevent herself from becoming a target of witchcraft accusations. When she discovers her betrothed sudden death, she takes matters into her own hand. This makes for the best part of the story.
Goddess Born has mystery, danger, and best of all a large helping of romance. I have to say that this book really took me by surprise in a number of ways, and I so enthralled I was sad to see it end. Selah is a character I could get behind, because her gift of healing really just made her want to help others. I loved how she stood strong under the pressures of Nathan and his will to accuse her of witchcraft simply because she refused to accept his proposal.
I love the world building and historical elements to the entire story. Even with the paranormal ones taking the focus, the historical ones including the Quakers was well written and obviously well researched. That add to the feeling of the story, and I have to say I am impressed with how Kari Edgren blended the paranormal with the historical colonial setting.
Between the witchcraft accusations, the darker force behind all of it, and the simmer affection between Selah and Henry. Goddess Born had me from the very first pages, and I could not put it down. There are a few twists and turns that I did not see coming, but took the story to the most unexpected places. I am hoping for more of Selah and possibly Henry’s story.
**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book, in exchange for an honest review**