Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Goddess Born Book 1
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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This book however focused more on the romance. Not grossly so, just more than I'm used to. Generally, with Romances I get headaches from all the eye-rolling but for this one, I didn't.
The story focused on Selah, the heiress to an estate and unearthly powers. She is, as the title suggests, Goddess Born with the power to heal people. During such a time where powers could easily be mistaken for evil, she has to be careful. So when Selah is threatened to either marry a minister or be accused of witchcraft, she sets out on her father's dying wish to get her husband-to-be, who's sailing to the Americas from Ireland. Tricky situations begin when her future husband turns up dead and she has to find a quick substitute.
Entering here would be Henry. Their conflicting attitudes toward one another was highly entertaining. There was situational humor and awkward arguments but it comes to the conclusion that Henry will help Selah with her future accuser and together they might keep the secret of her fiancé's death as well as their unlawful marriage otherwise they could both be shipped off to the gallows. Meanwhile Selah manages to make the witchcraft accusation more damning, usually by pure accident and the "evidence" grows bigger and bigger. Enough so that she could be in some hot water. Speaking of hot, that Henry fellow is growing attached and most of the story revolves around their slow and charming union.
The "Fantasy" & "Paranormal" part is where the book gets a bit wishy-washy for me. There could have been so much more to the Otherworld other than a garden but we're left with a few rules that pop up for convenience sake. Thankfully, the often awkward relationship between the two characters kept me reading to find out more about them instead.
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