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Goddess Born [Kindle Edition]

Kari Edgren
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Book Description

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?

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Product Details

  • File Size: 535 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (May 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I66AA1Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,676 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Goddess Born is one of those historical novels, filled with magic and romance that would captivate you until the very first page.

So back into the 1700s, Selah is a good and caring woman that tries to help people whenever she can. With a unique gift for healing, Selah has gained a lot of friends, but also has the attention of others who want her no matter the cost. And when Nathan proposes her and she refuses to marry this horrible man, he threatens her with saying she's a witch.

But not all is lost. A cousin is coming to marry her and "liberate" her from Nathan and his future accusations, but an unfortunately he dies on the trip. Selah might seem to have a lot of bad luck, but with the help of a servant named Henry who poses as her husband, Selah will try to survive in her era when being a woman was not that easy, and with a gift like hers, it was simply deadly.

Goddess Born is beautifully written and with such passion that makes the reader interested in every single detail of the story. The story is not also filled with the obvious romance that the synopsis promises or the amazing gift that Selah has, but also there's a constant "fear of living" what Selah was living and what was happening to her. There are also some unraveling moments during the story that were definitely not expected and that it makes the reader eager to know what's going to happen next.

I loved how Kari Edgren brought the celtic mythology into this amazing story and I am beyond fascinated with everything in the story. I can say how happy I am to have had the chance to read this book. For those who like mythology and historical novels, this is definitely a must read. And even if you don't like as much historical novels, Selah and her story will make you a fan of them. If I were you, I wouldn't miss this story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written May 25, 2014
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Very well written, kept my interest, did not want to put it down. Enjoyed the subtle humor and real world thought processes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. May 19, 2014
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I read Goddess Born in one night and loved every moment.

Selah may be a descendant of Brigid, but she isn't immune to human failings and this makes her all the more relatable. Her relationship with Henry is charming and awkward, but she is very clearly her own woman. The book builds perfectly to the ending, which took me completely by surprise.

If you're looking for something engaging, enchanting, and rich in Celtic mythology, read this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful read May 19, 2014
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Stayed up all night to finish- once I'd started reading I couldn't put it down. It is a delightful tale with just enough magical spice to give it it's own enjoyable flavour. For people looking for a book with just a touch of Old World magic, this is a perfect read. I also enjoyed the historical setting and characters.

It strayed a little close to "romance novel" territory (for my tastes) and I felt that the end was a bit rushed, but those flaws are minor and do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More please! :D June 2, 2014
By ltg584
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars

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!

A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical book with many twist and turns. June 1, 2014
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I could not put this book down. Loved the historical setting in the Quaker community in 1730 and Selah a gifted healer with a touch of magic. There were many twist and turns with strong developed characters. The ending took me by surprise. I hope the next book is out soon as I've been thinking a lot about what will happen next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and engaging May 31, 2014
By Sharon
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This book quickly engages the reader with a perfect balance of excitement, suspense and romance. It is beautifully and thoughtfully written, and is hard to put down. I love the author's choices of words -- always descriptive, yet concise. The characters are well-developed, and feel like real people with believable emotions as they struggle to deal with their unique challenges. The main character faces what seems like an unsolvable dilemma and, though a demi-goddess, makes some rash decisions in her youthful efforts to find a solution. The hero is mysterious enough to keep you guessing, and the villain, easy to hate, has some redeemable qualities in the end.
The writing is free from profanity and sex, but has enough romantic tension to make your heart beat a little faster. I would have no qualms recommending it to both teen and adult readers.
Though things seemed to wrap up a little too quickly at the end, overall it is an excellent read. I am anxious to read the next book!
(Review by Susan)
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Really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to others. So glad the next ones are coming out soon. Love how clean it was.
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This was a book I couldn't put down... can't wait for the story to be continued!
Published 29 days ago by Erin Guenter
4.0 out of 5 stars GIVE ME THE SEQUEL.
To say that this book surprised me is an understatement. I love this book so so much! I was so sad when I have to read the end.. WHEN IS THE SECOND BOOK COMING OUT??! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paula M. @ Her Book Thoughts!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing Read
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A.R.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a work of fiction to be enjoyed by discerning readers
Kari Edgren is more than an accomplished writer - She is a master craftsman of storytelling. From the first page, I was drawn into Selah's world and only reluctantly made my exit... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MK Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful historical woven with perfect thread of myth
Edgren's strong debut is a beautifully written historical romance, set in the Pennsylvania countryside not long before the Revolution. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Lueders
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected & Fascinating
I love reading books about Salem and the witch trials so I jumped at the chance to read this book. I am so glad I did because I was immediately caught up in the story and Selah’s... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for more!
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Kari Edgren is the author of the Goddess Born series. In 2010 and 2011 she was a semifinalist for the Amazon Break Through Novel Award. In 2013 she was a RWA Golden Heart finalist. Ms. Edgren enjoys writing both historical and contemporary fiction, so long as there's a spark of paranormal. She resides in the Pacific NW where she spends a great deal of time dreaming about the sun and torturing her husband and children with strange food and random historical facts.


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