Goddess Born

Goddess Born

by Kari Edgren

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Goddess Born by Kari Edgren

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?

111,000 words

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426898365
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 05/19/2014
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 391 KB

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Goddess Born 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
booknerdDS More than 1 year ago
Wow! First, I have to say that I probably wouldn't have read this book if I was not asked to participate in the tour and I would have missed out!!! What a fantastic, satisfying, intense, can't-put-it down story!!! Selah was a fantastic character! I loved her strength, her courage and her refusal to let that snake, Nathan force her into marrying him. Nathan was snake, he was evil and manipulating! Equally as fantastic as our heroine was Henry. Henry marries Selah to protect her after her father has died and Nathan is threatening to expose her as a witch in their home.  When Selah marries Henry it would seem that her troubles are finally over. Henry has his own deep secrets and both he and Selah have to come together, not only as husband and wife, to protect against a dark and evil force. Throughout the supernatural elements their relationship starts to grow and they learn about each other. Selah was so fantastic, she really stayed with me. Henry equally as great, they were perfectly matched. I also loved this time period. The US is still relatively a no mans land and many try to grab power that does not belong to them. Wonderful pacing, intriguing historical details and without a doubt a five star read! My only consolation in finishing this book is that the next one in the series comes out in November!
EMMacCallum More than 1 year ago
Generally, with Romances I get headaches from all the eye-rolling but for this one, I didn't. Set in the 1700's where it was still legal (at least until 1750) to burn a woman for witchcraft, I expected the subject to be dark, but it really wasn't. The idea made the main character uncomfortable but the whole idea of a real witch was often disregarded by the locals whenever asked. The story focused on Selah, the heiress to an estate and unearthly powers. She is, as the title suggests, Goddess Born with the power to heal people. During such a time where powers could easily be mistaken for evil, she has to be careful. So when Selah is threatened to either marry a minister or be accused of witchcraft, she sets out on her father's dying wish to get her husband-to-be, who's sailing to the Americas from Ireland. Tricky situations begin when her future husband turns up dead and she has to find a quick substitute. Entering here would be Henry. Their conflicted interests and attitudes toward each other was highly entertaining. There was situational humor and awkward arguments but it comes to the conclusion that Henry will help Selah with her future accuser and together they might keep the secret of her fiancés death as well as their unlawful marriage otherwise they could both be shipped off to the gallows. Meanwhile Selah manages to make the witchcraft accusation more damning, usually by pure accident and the "evidence" grows bigger and bigger. Enough so that she could be in some hot water. Speaking of hot, that Henry fellow is growing attached and most of the story revolves around their slow and charming union. Selah's hesitancy to her growing attraction is that she could lose her powers to heal if he ever found out. This is where the book is a bit wishy-washy on the whole paranormal/otherworldly part, for me anyway. There could have been so much more to the Otherworld other than a garden but we're left with a few rules that pop up for convenience sake and a rather generic garden of eden. Thankfully, the often awkward relationship between the two characters kept me reading to find out more. Despite the missed opportunity to create an all new interesting realm in the Otherworld, I think Romance fans will really like this story. There's conflict, adventure and a smidge of mystery so those looking for a New Adult read would be satisfied as well. :)
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Goddess Born by Kari Edgren is a very interesting tale. It has a lot going on between those pages. First off it is a historical novel that takes place in Pennsylvania during 1730. Our heroine, Selah Kilbrid, lives on her dying father’s plantation in a predominant Quaker community. Her father knows he does not have long to live, so he sends Selah off to go meet her betrothed who is coming from Ireland and who is also her cousin. This is not a spoiler, but she needs to marry her cousin as this family has a secret. She is a direct descendent of the goddess Brigid. So she is half mortal. Now being a descendent of Brigid does not make her immortal but it gives her a gift, which is healing. She also has rules she must follow in regards to this gift by the goddess. Her mother and grandmother before her were also healers. She was also taught to hide her gift so as not to be thought of as a witch. When she goes to meet her betrothed she finds out from the ship’s captain, that her cousin died on his way over to America and was buried at sea. Not knowing what to do, since her father really put a lot of faith in this plan to save her from an unwanted suitor, she happens upon an auction for indentured servants. Getting into a bidding war with an unscrupulous merchant she bids and wins the indenture of a young gentleman who had caught her eye. Needing to come back married to escape the advances and threats of Nathan (the unwanted suitor) who is also a prominent Quaker minister, Selah devises a most daring plan. She decides to set up an elaborate lie that this indentured servant will become her cousin and indeed will be her “husband”. After the town is convinced, he may have his freedom. We then have a love hate relationship between the two, and our so called “hero” has a good many secrets that he is keeping to himself. Some that are slowly revealed in the story. I look forward to reading more by Kari Edgren and I hope she continues this story. It did not end on cliffhanger so to speak, as this was more of Selah’s story and that wraps up nicely. However, our hero has his own story to tell and I am curious. So if you like a historical with romance and a bit of paranormal fantasy, give this rather clean story a try. I was given this book by the author however the opinions are my own.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS Goddess Born is full of drama, good characters, action with a touch of the paranormal or fantasy. The plot keeps your attention and leaves you wanting to see more of the characters in the future. It also deals with history of Pennsylvania in the 1730. It is also a clean read. Selah Kilbrid is the main character. She is a young woman who is beautiful, she has a secret that she can't tell. She does not want to marry a Quaker minister that is black mailing her. Henry goes by different names at time. He is sold to Selah by his ship captain for seven years. Their is another who wanted to buy him and was unhappy that Selah bought him. Selah's fiancé died crossing the ocean. If she returns without a husband she will be forced to marry the minister or he will accuse her of witch craft. She makes a bargain with Henry if he will pretend to be her cousin and marry her in name only she will let him go in one or two years. Their are two groups who we know want to harm them but their is more working against them in secret. Selah also has many friends who are on her side though too. The paranormal part of the story is Selah Kilbrid is a descendent of the Celtic goddess Brigid. She has the gift of healing. We see a little bit of what the Quaker lives were like in 1730. I did not know anything about Brigid. So that was nice to learn about too. It was easy to read and follow at a good pace. I want to read more from Kari Edgren in the future too. I was given this ebook to read and in return I agreed to give honest review of a Goddess Born.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
I love historical reads. There’s something quite magical about travelling back in time, even if it is to an era with strange ways and beliefs. The one thing that seems to have moved through time is the fear and degradation of those who are different – Whether in fantasy or reality. This book was fascinating from the very beginning and I was sucked into Selah’s world, her hopes, dreams and fears, and I felt like I walked right alongside her as this story played out in my head. There were a few surprising twists to the plot and I was drawn into the mystery of who Henry really was. He was far too noble, with fine swordsmanship skills, that I knew there was more to his story. Another mystery was the person behind the witch accusations. Nathan was just a pawn; that much was obvious – although he was despicable for taking things as far as he did – and I was intrigued to find out who the true villain was. This story was filled with passion and romance, courage and hope. It was a thrilling read that held me captive. I am excited to read more from this author.