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The year is 1730 in the Quaker community of Hopewell, Pennsylvania where Selah Kilbrid has been living with her father. Selah is no normal woman though since she is the direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid. Selah lives in constant fear of being discovered for she has the power to heal. This knowledge in the wrong hands could be very dangerous as this kind of power would have people suspecting Selah of witchcraft so she has always been careful to keep her abilities hidden.
However Nathan, a prominent minister, is set on destroying Selah and exposing her as a witch because she has refused his marriage proposal. The only thing that can save her is her betrothal to her cousin Samuel but that hope is crushed when she learns he has died. This leaves Selah in a very dangerous position both as a woman and a half mortal. What can she do though? Marry the awful Nathan? The very thought disgusts her not to mention she would have to give up who she is to do it.
Instead Selah devises a brilliant plan to find an imposter to pose as Samuel. She finds one – an indentured servant – the perfect man to pretend to be her husband. Once the town is convinced they are husband and wife and her birthright is safe then he can disappear and go on with his life and she with hers. Henry, really having no better choices, goes along with Selah. The two bounce between hating each other and seeming to like each other. Could there be more between them? Could Henry ever accept who Selah truly is? Then again maybe Henry has some secrets of his own…
I loved Selah for the strong, outspoken woman that she was and Henry is a great character as well. Another thing that was really nice for a change is that the novel is clean of bad language or sexual content and I found it so refreshing! The only thing I wanted more of was Selah’s abilities and the Otherworld that she would escape to and I’m hoping to get that in the two novels to follow this one – one in November 2014 and one in June 2015. I can’t wait to visit with Selah and Henry again!
If you’re a fan of mythology and historical romances then you should really pick up a copy of Goddess Born. Highly recommended!
This review makes me happy! I'd stopped taking review requests, but when the opportunity came giving me the opportunity to review Goddess Born, I jumped on it. As one of the only NA fantasy books I've read, I'm enthralled. Plus, there is the concept of Brigid, a Celtic goddess, and we all know how much I enjoy this type of mythology. And how long has it been since I've given any book 5 Stars... um, a long freaking time.
Selah's story takes place in 1730, when any woman who appeared a bit odd was considered a witch. Selah happens to be different, in many ways. Her refusal to marry one man sets off a chain of events, risking not only her reputation, but her life as well. Once her father dies, there's little to protect Selah from the rumors she is a witch, especially when her husband-to-be dies at sea. Luckily, this young woman is quick on her feet and stumbles upon a plan that may save her life.
Ms. Edgren serves a delicious helping of fantasy intermingled with a helping of endearing romance. The characters leap off the pages, becoming three dimensional people you'll either love or despise. Selah is a caring girl who is devoted to her community. Her gift in healing has earned her many loyal friends who will stand by her no matter what adversity she faces.
Nathan is a nasty, jealous man who's been fed lies enabling him the ability to blackmail Miss Kilbrid. His interest in the beautiful young lady becomes dangerous when she doesn't return his affections. The list of people who could be passing Nathan Selah's secrets appears to be small, yet becomes greater with every flip of the page.
And then there's Henry, who I loved with all my heart. He plays his part well, protecting a young woman he's known for only a few days. I don't want to discuss him too much because he's the heart of this story, even when you're not certain whether you like him or not. His character provides plenty of warm, fuzzy feelings as well as a bit of drama from time to time.
The twists and turns in Goddess Born are delightful. I never knew who to suspect and was adequately shocked when the true culprit is revealed. Ms. Edgren blended all the intricacies of suspense with those of fantasy and romance. The writing is flawless and creative, evolving into a perfect novel.
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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