Review: Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

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Goddess RebornPennsylvania, 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? 

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On Monday, I participated in the Release Day Blitz for Goddess Born & shared the awesome $100 giveaway on my personal FaceBook page.  A coworker saw the post and noticed the book’s genre: New Adult Historical Paranormal Romance. He asked: “What is that? Is that really a kind of book?” I said: “It is now!”

Goddess Born truly blends several genres into one book – it’s sort of Irish folklore meets The Crucible in Colonial Pennsylvania.  It is about Selah, a young woman trying to hide her supernatural abilities: she magically heals the sick and injured and secretly travels to the Otherworld.  Selah must keep her family’s unique gift from becoming common knowledge.  Selah’s Plan A is to marry her Irish cousin, keeping her secrets (and considerable wealth) in the family.  When she learns her cousin has died, she quickly forms a Plan B:  hire a handsome stranger to pose as her cousin.  Now she is keeping even more secrets, and it takes great effort to keep her stories from unraveling.

I really3half like Selah’s character because she defies convention in many ways.  True to the time period, she must marry someone – so she takes control of her future when Plan A fails.  As the town healer and apothecary, she has patients who respect her, and as the heiress to an affluent land owner, she has servants positioned to do her harm.  Selah has friends who are Quakers, friends who are Native Americans, and enemies who are convinced her “gift” is witchcraft.  Juggling all of this while getting to know her new husband makes for an action-packed plot.

I enjoyed the romance that blossomed between Selah and her “cousin,” Henry.  What started out as a business arrangement slowly becomes more despite all the secrecy and accusations.  The book genre includes “New Adult,” but aside from some steamy kisses, this has to be the tamest NA book I have ever read.  Not complaining… just surprising.  This is an engaging story with many facets that make it a fun story.  It will appeal to fans of historical romance and paranormal fiction, and there is plenty of suspense to keep the pages turning!

 

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KariKari 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. 

 

Links:

Blog: http://www.kariedgren.com/

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7579878.Kari_Edgren

GODDESS BORN Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20922507-goddess-born

Carina Press: http://ebooks.carinapress.com/3BA55474-855F-4F19-B74B-23F26180AC8F/10/134/en/SearchResults.htm?SearchID=10975805

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