Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance
Published by Carina Press on May 19, 2014
Reviewed by: Libbie
Kissing, references to sex
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?
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 and spent most of tonight reading the last 2/3 of it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down both for the mystery of the story and because I wanted more, so much more, of Selah and Henry and quite possibly another trip into the Otherworld to see Brigid (Celtic gods and goddesses are a huge weakness of mine.) The world was an amazing one and one I’d love to revisit.
Selah was a delightful character – very strong in her own right and doing what she has to do to save her life and livelihood and I admired her for her devotion to her gift, and the land she’s lived on her whole life. I felt for her struggles to do what’s right to keep the laws that govern her life, even in the face of losing what’s most dear to her. Henry is a joy in both his resolve at first and the slow cracks that start to show even as he sets the conditions for their marriage. The supporting characters really flesh the story out well. Nora was my favorite, but Ben and his “defensive farming” comes in a very close second.
There’s no sequel listed for the story, and GODDESS BORN is a complete story with no loose ends lingering as far as the plot goes. I will be keeping an eye on the author, however, in the hopes that she returns to this world and these characters.