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on May 19, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance
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?
I love history, in fact I have two degrees in history, so when I started this book I was so excited. This story is based in Pennsylvania in 1730. If you are unfamiliar with the United States’ history during that time it was very conservative even by The King of England’s standards.
Selah Kilbrid is a young woman whose father recently joined the Quakers, a religion that was very puritanical in its beliefs. She was born Catholic so in her small town she was already partially an outcast who was being courted by a Quaker by the name of Nathan. Her parents were both Irish by birth and have a secret that if it got out in the small community it would not only ruin their name but could very well lead to a horrible death for the entire family and possibly any supporters of theirs. Yes, we are talking about witchcraft in the colonies. Think Salem without the hysteria of young girls but of an entire town, from children to elderly leaders.
Miss Edgren did a really good job at researching what the world was like during that time not only for a girl becoming a woman as well as what happened to individuals who were outed as witches. The big difference between many, especially in Salem most men and women who were accused as witches were in fact mere mortals that did not have any powers. Selah, born from a long line of individuals who had real powers bestowed onto them by blood.
I enjoyed this book, however I did not like the on again, off again attitude of Selah. She goes from a strong, independent woman, to a mess of emotions, back to a strong woman in the course of pages. I understand some of the changes, but the way she reacts to some of the things that happen just make me shake my head. For me the best part was how Miss Edgren was able to capture the time period effectively and really submerge the reader into the story and the time period.
On a personal front I would like this book more if more happened, for me it did not have enough excitement and I really had hoped that the author had really spent a lot more time on the powers, and the history behind the powers. There was some about the altar and the other world, but I was really interested in learning more about it. You can not fit everything into a book, and I hope that there is more with Saleh and Henry.