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La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess by [Gabrielle, Mariana]
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Editorial Reviews


In D'Tale Magazine, Dec 2015/Jan 2016 Holiday Issue
4 Stars

"... With likeable characters that are well defined, the story line flows at a good pace and has one turning the pages while hoping for a happily ever after. In addition, the reader is drawn in by the heroine as she endures her tribulations and can commiserate with her as she progresses on her road to freedom and happiness. Readers of historical romance will not want to miss this poignant novel."

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3017 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Whaley Digital Press (June 10, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 10, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00UJWR73W
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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(3.5 stars) This book was interesting to me in its expose of some of the hypocrisies, prejudices and bigotries in 1800s England. Titled Lord Birchbright had spent some years as a British official in India, where he fathered two girls with his Indian mistress but left them there when he returned to England, where he married and started his legitimate (needless to say *white*) family. When his Indian mistress dies, the two girls are sent to England.

This is where the story gets interesting and a bit uncomfortable as far as the girls' treatment. Lord Birchbright, as the father of these girls, should care about their welfare, one would think. Fruit of his loins and all that. But just read the book to see how caring he is.

There is unfortunate prejudice against non-white/non-English/non-aristocracy, with Kali Matai, the older daughter, as the protagonist we all learn to care about. She is trained as an exotic dancer and courtesan, but, much as she is admired and desired, she's still a second-class citizen in the white British world. But we watch her grow, we observe her relationships with her protectors (of which the first and the last were the best, as you'll see) and we read, horrified, about her father and what he is and does.

As the author's notes at the end tell us, this story is mostly speculation about what would have happened to a high-powered Indian courtesan in Britain. But it's intelligent speculation and the author is careful to treat the subject delicately. I found the story to be worth the read, especially since it's not very expensive. There were, however, several errors that a good proofreading could have taken care of. And a perplexing love scene in which the man is lying *prone* with the woman atop him. Wouldn't that keep the most important male parts hidden? Perhaps just have him lying down if there's confusion between 'supine' and 'prone'.
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I love this book!! As soon as I began reading, I was sucked into the world of a tawaif (courtesan) in early 19th century London. Kali's story is engaging, engrossing, and extremely well-written. I found it hard to get back to my regular life because I just wanted to keep reading. I greatly enjoyed the detail and research that the author clearly put into this work. She is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading more from her. If you are a fan of romance, history, and a great story, this book is for you.
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Kali is a famed Indian dancer and courtesan who finds herself controlled by vile men who seek political gain. Will she find a protector who will love her enough to help her and her family out of their clutches?

I have been excited to read this book since I had read the author's other book Royal Regard and just loved her characters and writing. I can say that this book didn't disappoint at all. I believe it is even better! Mari Christie's writing is like poetry flowing over you, consuming your soul. She sparks your imagination and controls your heart as she takes you along with Kali in her journey.

Kali is so strong, I couldn't even imagine facing her life as she lives for the whims of others. All of the secondary characters are complex and brought to life ,there are many that you will love, hate, and mourn.

Although this book is about a courtesan it is not heavy on the sex scenes.There is only one that goes into detail and Ohhh my it is steamy! You will also be totally seduced by Kali when she dances in the theater, the author makes you feel like you are right there with the audience filling with up with excitement waiting for every move.

I just can't recommend this book enough! I will have this book in my physical library because I love it so much.
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