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Goddess Born

(Goddess Born #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  235 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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,
Kindle Edition, 261 pages
Published May 19th 2014 by Carina Press
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite
'Part human, part divine, we are the Goddess Born.'

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??!

I really don't know where to start. The Characters? They're all wonderful and very well written! The author made sure that the readers knows all characters very well by giving them back stories and enough dialogues. No characters were wasted. And I love being inside Selah's head. I
Nora Black
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Quirky and original, with a very clever plot. This book is humorous, and packed with human insight. Granted, it's a Romance novel, but truly the label's stereotype fails as description. I loved the romantic tension, the inclusion of Celtic lore, the intense, but lovable main protagonist, and her loyal 'love-interest' and self-styled protector.

There were so many good things in this book that it's difficult to give an overall impression of its merits other than to say that the writing "moved" me,
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having in view the closeness in time and space of the events, 1730 Pennsylvania and 1693 Massachusetts, and also the subject of Goddess Born, it is impossible to not connect the story‘s events with what remained in the American history, and in the universal one too, as the „most notorious cases of mass hysteria”: the Salem witch trial. In fact, it is imperative that such a connection shall be made. That's because the heroine’s fear - of death- , of being accused of witchcraft and her desperation ...more
Amy Bruno
Exceeded my expectations in every way! Loved it and can't wait for the sequel!
Misty Baker
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
**A 3.8 Review As Posted on KindleObsessed**

Did you know that before 1750 witch-hunting was legally sanctioned? True story. Though the hunt tended to cause mass hysteria, it was deemed “A-ok!” in the eyes of law-enforcement as long as a witchcraft trail took place before any sort of sentence was passed down. As a result an estimated 40-60,000 executions were performed in Europe and North America between 1480 and 1750. A startling number. (Even when the worlds current population hovers somewhere
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Fantasy New Adult
THEME: Historical, Magic, Romance

It’s been a while since I’ve been easily sucked into a historical setting novel, but the magic, romance and intense pace had me hooked right from the start. This was Edgren’s debut novel and I’m so hoping the first in a series.

Goddess Born follows Selah Kilbrid who lives in a small Quaker community in 1730 Pennsylvania. She has been living with a secret that has been in her famil
Kristin  Aragon
*This is an NA book, but is clean and may be read by all ages.

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.

Selah's story takes place in 1730, when any woman who appeared a bit odd was considered a witch. Selah
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
There's a lot to love about this book!! First of all, the cover! Then we have a marriage of convenience, historical setting, mythology, villain, hero, romance, humor, mystery and suspense. Selah needs to marry her cousin, Samuel, so she can keep her healing secret safe and not have to marry Nathan. We get a taste early on of the way Nathan treats her and why she's so desperate to do whatever she has to do to stay away from him. When she gets to Philadelphia, she's stunned to learn that Samuel ha ...more
Autumn (Triquetra Reviews)
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Kari Edgren for letting me read this early for the review. I was given a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

The cover is super awesome, I dig the colors and I like how they remind me of Brighid's Fire, which is the entire way that Selah can heal someone.

I really like this book, it was interesting and I really like how everything was paced out nicely. There was some mystery and the ending threw me. I definitely didn't think that the bad guy

A gifted healer, the blood of a Celtic goddess running through her veins enables Selah Kilbrid's talent. A talent that needs to be renewed by prayer and in secret. Persecution is a heartbeat away.
Hopewell, Pennsylvania 1730 and Selah is being pursued by the Quaker minister, Nathan Crowley. His regard for her turns sour when she refuses his suite. Despite knowing Selah is engaged to her cousin who's on his way from Ireland, Nathan threatens to expose her as a witch if she doesn't m

I was looking for a change, needing a reset after reading so many contemporary romances lately.  When the opportunity to read Goddess Born by Kari Edgren came across my email, I jumped at the chance.  I happy to say I was pleasantly surprised.  This suspenseful book was exactly what I needed, accusations of being a witch aren't taken lightly in 1730 Pennsylvania after all.

Selah, our female protagonist, is a direct descendant of a Celtic goddess.  Selah finds herself in quite the predicament.  He

Carrie Slager
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook in conjunction with the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]

From the blurb, I had pretty high expectations about Goddess Born. Not only that, it came highly recommended to me from a friend/colleague! So you could say Kari Edgren’s book had a lot to live up to. As it turns out, Goddess Born would far exceed my high expectations. The characters were excellent, the world-building was fantastic and Kari Edgren brought the early Colonies to life.

Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This book has one of the most unique premises I've read in a while: set in 1730 in the Pennsylvania colony, our heroine Selah Kilbrid is literally a direct descendent of the goddess Brigid. Her divine gift is that of healing, a gift she cannot refuse to use when asked -- but a gift she has to keep hidden lest she gain some unwanted attention. From an Irish Catholic family, she lives in the heavily Quaker town of Hopewell, a well-liked healer and farmer's daughter.

Pursued by a Quaker preacher, N
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Goddess Born was such a surprisingly awesome read! I loved everything about this book, and found myself sad when it was over.

First of all, Goddess Born is historical fiction, which is my favorite genre. There's just something about going back in time and reading about people living in simpler times, that draws me in. I love picturing the characters in the past. Historical fiction novels always feel deeper and more nuanced to me. I love that. Well, not only was Goddess Born historical fiction, it
All Things Urban Fantasy
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review courtesy All Things Urban Fantasy

Oh, semi-Gothic novel, how I’ve missed you. I cut my romance teeth on the classics in Gothic novels – Bronte, Woodiwiss and the indomitable Victoria Holt. GODDESS BORN isn’t quite in those categories, but delightfully close enough. The fact that there’s a Celtic goddess in there is just icing on the cake.

I should say, though, that all Gothic aside, this one is firmly in the PG zone and all bodices stay firmly unripped.

That said, I truly loved GODDESS BORN
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars!!

Goddess Born had a nice mixture of historical fiction as well as supernatural and societal themes.

The main character, Selah, is a direct descendant of the Celtic goddess Brigid and has the power to heal.

Where she lives, they are very superstitious and find any oddities to be witchcraft. Since Selah is very different, naturally eyes fall onto her and suspicions arise,

Not to mention.... when her betrothed dies at sea, and a threat is made for her hand in marriage in exchange to k
Jess the Romanceaholic

I loved the idea that Selah was unable to deny healing to anyone who asked, even if it was to her own detriment. Combine that with the fact that she had to keep her powers a secret out of necessity, and that made for some very interesting situations.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the tangled web that Selah wove when she first thought up the deception of having Henry pose as Samuel. Henry wasn't some pushover, and he wasn't always on board with keeping up the pretense of being someone that he wasn't.

Kimber Wheaton
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Goddess Born is a historical romance with paranormal elements. It's a glimpse into what life was like for women in the years before the birth of our country, back when we were still colonies of England. Though Selah is an eighteen-year-old woman, she has very limited rights once her father dies. Selah must decide whether to marry a man she despises or risk losing everything, including her life.

Selah is a descendant of a Celtic
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
An enjoyable, sweet read, Goddess Born was a lovely historical romance, with a sprinkle of magic. It wasn't perfect, but I did like it. Overall, it was a good read.

Selah was a good heroine. She was resilient, and determined to escape a fate that others would force on her. She wasn't the most memorable heroine, but I liked her fine.

Henry was the replacement husband and I thought he was wonderful. I wish we had gotten to see more of him, because he was oddly sparse for the first half of the plot a
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
We generally associate Puritans with colonial witch hysteria, not Quakers. Since Quakers are supposed to be non-violent and officially did not believe in witchcraft, it’s hard to imagine that the lodging of a formal accusation of witchcraft would have arisen in Pennsylvania during that time period.

This has been a year in which I’ve discovered books dealing with historical Quakers engaging in activities that are against Quaker principles. Now Kari Edgren has asked me to contemplate 18th century
Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
If you are a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, then you will like this book. Don't get me wrong though. There isn't any time travel and it's not set in England nor Scotland. However, as I was reading, I was struck by how much Selah Kilbrid was like Claire from that series. Selah, like Claire, is a healer and is also thrown into a precarious situation that she is highly unsure of how she will extricate herself. And there is where the similarities end. For Selah has a secret. She is Goddes ...more
Melissa Saneholtz
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Positively brilliant is what comes to mind when I think about Goddess Born. It was a riveting story that had me captivated from chapter one. The sheer amount of twists had me eagerly turning pages and my emotions on high alert. Kari Edgren has created a masterpiece with this one.

The story was beautifully written and the character development was astounding. I truly haven’t enjoyed a book this much in a long time. Edgren is an author to stalk for future works of pure art.

I wait on baited breath
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Tiffany's Review:

GREAT plot!!! Loved this book! Set in the late 1600's in Pennsylvania this book had it all...witchcraft, romance, and mystery! Selah Kilbrid comes from a long line of "healers". Her grandmother and mother had both meet an early attempts are being made on Selah's life. Why is this happening?! Now that Selah's father has dies all she has left is the staff from her families estate, Brighmor. Can she trust all of them with her secrets?! I loved the ending! Left the reade
Robyn Koshel
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Goddess born is a magical historical romance. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book and I absolutely adored it. It combined the mass hysteria of the witch trials of the 1700′s with Celtic mythology to make one of the most engaging books I have read this year.

Selah is such a wonderful character with ethereal qualities. She is almost guileless and innocent of heart and never deserved being so persecuted.

The goddess born is a stunning début that is unforgettable. I really hope there are mo
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I probably would have given this five stars but the heroine just got on my nerves at some points. She was just stupid in the beginning it did not matter who she married as long as she did. It would not have mattered as long as they were married. She should have married Henry under his own name. STUPID!! Then she was just annoying and did little to nothing to find out how was trying to kill her. She needed a bigger back bone other t ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely read that kept my interest throughout the story. It is a rare find that keeps the paranormal, normal. It doesn't go off the deep end into craziness, but keeps to the aspects of the paranormal and fits it into society and everyday life of the characters. The meticulous plot played out well with good tempo, twists, and neat ends. There was good suspense and a great romance with the main characters that was both believable and oh so sweet. This book was well written and satisfying ...more
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Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cannot put this book down!!
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it

In a very rich and fluent storytelling Language Kari Edgren tell us the story of Selah Kilbrid. Selah lives in Hopewell, a small Quaker community in 1730 Pennsylvania. Since childhood she has been bearing a secret. This secret had been in her family for many generation, about them descendents of the Goddess Brigid. As her mother and her grandmother before her She is a healer in the community, but no one knows that they could really had the power to heal
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