La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess

La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess

by Mariana Gabrielle

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ISBN-13: 9781508654360
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2015
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Mariana Gabrielle is a pseudonym of Mari Christie, a professional writer, editor, and designer with almost twenty-five years' experience. Published in dozens of nonfiction and poetry periodicals since 1989, she began writing mainstream historical fiction in 2009 and Regency romance in 2013. She is a member of the Bluestocking Belles, the Writing Wenches, and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Her first Regency romance, Royal Regard, was released in November 2014.

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La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Another story by Mariana Gabrielle that I will remember for a long time. This tale swept me away into a different world with characters that came alive off the pages. I felt invested in their lives and at a point or two I felt my heart breaking. But I digress. Kali Matai, was born in India to a British peer and a mother who was given to him a paramour. Kali was raised a tawaif, as her mother and would only entertain those of the highest rank. Her father, Lord Birchbright, abandons her mother and their two girls to go back to England and pursue his agenda of power. When her mother passes away, Kali and her sister come to England and there she meets her father who is determined to control her in all ways. Kali becomes a pawn to secure financial success to her father by becoming a mistress to men he directs. I truly loved Kali and her goodness and strength that she maintained even when she was pushed to the limit. She was beautiful and desired by all men, but her intelligence and dignity were her strengths. The main two men in her life, Fitz and Rook, both peers, pulled at my senses. I could feel the emotions coming through the pages as deep down she loved Fitz but her position did not allow her to display those feelings. When Fitz left her to marry as his position required, my heart broke for her. As she became consigned to do as her father required and entertain other men, she kept her grace and head held high and moved forward. Then came Rook. When she spent time with him, I felt her life may change and there could be a future. Rook was really in love with Kali I think from the moment he met her and came to realize he treasured her honesty and intelligence. There were many twist and turns that were skillfully written that I could not turn the pages fast enough. It is difficult to express enough how the books I have read by this author have moved me. Skillfully written and addressing issues of class and ethnic differences, the author pulls you into the story. The ending made me wanting more and knowing this book will go to the top of my favorite ever read. My heart is happy.
Teri_D More than 1 year ago
I started this book last night and just finished it this afternoon. It was fabulous! I won't go into the plot as it is detailed in the book's description as well as by the other reviewers. I will say this. The author, Mariana Gabrielle, has written yet another beautiful and breathtaking story. It's a tale that brings each of the characters to life in your mind. From the clear descriptions of each, I have a vivid image of each of the characters, from their clothing to their physical traits. You can feel the passion of Kali's dances, marvel at the magnificent jewels given to her by men wanting more than a dance, and fall in love with two wonderful men, Fitz and Rook, just as Kali did. I just kept flipping the pages, racing to the end. Yet, I did not want it to end. I'm hoping that there is a sequel planned for the story of the rest of Kali's life.
AneMailname More than 1 year ago
 I will start this review by telling you that I finished this book about 10 days ago. It has stuck with me and the review has been written in pieces as I tried to relate how this book made me feel. I started a bit slowly, so I didn't miss any of the details. Then about the 3rd chapter I was totally hooked.  Kali Matai is has been trained from a very early age to be a tawaif, which is an Indian courtesan. She has been taught many things during the training she received. Most importantly though, is how to please a man. She is very talented and much sought-after. But the story goes back to before she was born. Her mother was also a tawaif. She was given as a gift to an English military man. Things happen and he is unable or unwilling to stay with Kali's mother and the children she has had by him.  Kali comes to England only to find that her father feels nothing for her or her sister. Only that they should continue on with their lifestyle. And he sees a way they could help him politically. The lifestyle that Kali has had to endure is a heartless endeavor. The men she is attached to don't care for her opinions, they just want to be pleased and are willing to pay for the privilege. Kali is highly skilled and has many men clamoring for her attentions. They ply her with jewels and gifts, but she is left feeling used. She wishes she could change her life. Could just live her life without the crowds of men always bothering her.  But she has others to think about so she must play the games of the men in control of her life until she can figure out how to get out from under their thumbs. I don't want to give the story away so I will stop there and tell you that the author has such a way with words! The story brought out many feelings as I read it. Heartbreak, happiness, insolence, and a sense of Kali being wronged just made the story more poignant. The descriptions were wonderful and made me feel like I was in the dance hall or the parlor with the characters, wherever they were. The heartbreak Kali felt was also very real for me.  Mariana Gabrielle (Mari Christie) has a talent for writing stories that make you think for a while after reading them. I definitely feel like this is a book I can and will read again and probably find new details I had missed the first time. I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. But I loved it so much that I bought it as well!