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"Readers are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work." — K.C. Finn ​From the wilds of the Amazon rainforest to the cut-throat world of high society in New York, a thrilling generational tale of struggle and wealth as one woman endures twisted horrors. In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber "Readers are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work." — K.C. Finn ​From the wilds of the Amazon rainforest to the cut-throat world of high society in New York, a thrilling generational tale of struggle and wealth as one woman endures twisted horrors. In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian's death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian's newborn daughter, Christel. Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers. ◆◆◆ "I found this story impossible to put down and completed it in just one sitting." — Grant Leishman, author of Just A Drop in the Ocean “Wow! What a read! I could not put the book down. I was hook, line, and sinker. I highly recommend this read.” — Leel Loves Books “I can’t believe how much I was sucked into this novel.” — Permanently Booked “Such a page-turner! As the information was revealed, I just needed to know more!” — She Just Loves Books “An intense, well-written novel. I could not put it down. I loved every moment.” — Working Mommy Journal “A classic story of good versus evil. A great read.” — Olio by Marilyn "Skillfully crafted, engaging the reader throughout the novel." — Deborah Lloyd, author of Believe and it is True "The realism and humanity infused into the characters had me feeling as though I was with people I already knew." — Romuald Dzemo, author of You Can't Be a Failure "Davidsohn weaves a plot with dramatic moments and thrilling twists.” — Liz Kondel “I loved the whole adventure. A brilliant and complex read and would make a great film.” — Carolyn H. “Great writing and strong voice. As captivating as it is well-written.” — Taylor J. “If you read anything this summer make this one of your choices.” — Daphne M. “A compelling story of the implications of power and wealth.” — Stephanie’s Book Reviews “It is a hard book to put down because it’s a good read, and at other times I had to put it down because of content.” — Lea Ann C, reviewer “A disturbing, bittersweet tale. How it ends up is not easily decided until the very end. The title is a good fit.” — Rockin’ Book Reviews “I could not put it down, and there are times when I thought, yep, some men are totally like this. I think it is a testament to Davidsohn’s writing. This book is unique.” — Lamon Reviews “A book built upon darkness, greed, and control, and the author creates his characters to exude these qualities well. A complex drama that holds your interest well past the end.” — Book Corner “A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating story. A profound, engaging read. — Jazzy Book Reviews “I felt like I was right there. Christel was such a strong woman for her time. I think many readers would be able to relate to her and what she had gone through. I know I felt that way.” — Locks, Hooks and Books


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"Readers are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work." — K.C. Finn ​From the wilds of the Amazon rainforest to the cut-throat world of high society in New York, a thrilling generational tale of struggle and wealth as one woman endures twisted horrors. In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber "Readers are certain to devour this lavish and exciting work." — K.C. Finn ​From the wilds of the Amazon rainforest to the cut-throat world of high society in New York, a thrilling generational tale of struggle and wealth as one woman endures twisted horrors. In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian's death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian's newborn daughter, Christel. Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers. ◆◆◆ "I found this story impossible to put down and completed it in just one sitting." — Grant Leishman, author of Just A Drop in the Ocean “Wow! What a read! I could not put the book down. I was hook, line, and sinker. I highly recommend this read.” — Leel Loves Books “I can’t believe how much I was sucked into this novel.” — Permanently Booked “Such a page-turner! As the information was revealed, I just needed to know more!” — She Just Loves Books “An intense, well-written novel. I could not put it down. I loved every moment.” — Working Mommy Journal “A classic story of good versus evil. A great read.” — Olio by Marilyn "Skillfully crafted, engaging the reader throughout the novel." — Deborah Lloyd, author of Believe and it is True "The realism and humanity infused into the characters had me feeling as though I was with people I already knew." — Romuald Dzemo, author of You Can't Be a Failure "Davidsohn weaves a plot with dramatic moments and thrilling twists.” — Liz Kondel “I loved the whole adventure. A brilliant and complex read and would make a great film.” — Carolyn H. “Great writing and strong voice. As captivating as it is well-written.” — Taylor J. “If you read anything this summer make this one of your choices.” — Daphne M. “A compelling story of the implications of power and wealth.” — Stephanie’s Book Reviews “It is a hard book to put down because it’s a good read, and at other times I had to put it down because of content.” — Lea Ann C, reviewer “A disturbing, bittersweet tale. How it ends up is not easily decided until the very end. The title is a good fit.” — Rockin’ Book Reviews “I could not put it down, and there are times when I thought, yep, some men are totally like this. I think it is a testament to Davidsohn’s writing. This book is unique.” — Lamon Reviews “A book built upon darkness, greed, and control, and the author creates his characters to exude these qualities well. A complex drama that holds your interest well past the end.” — Book Corner “A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating story. A profound, engaging read. — Jazzy Book Reviews “I felt like I was right there. Christel was such a strong woman for her time. I think many readers would be able to relate to her and what she had gone through. I know I felt that way.” — Locks, Hooks and Books

30 review for A Goddess Among Men

  1. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    Set in the wilds of the Amazon and among the corrupt of the U.S., this novel traverses three generations of family secrets and atrocities. The main character is Christel Welch. Born as an heiress to a fortune, on her father’s death bed she is legally sent to be raised by business partner Alan Reid. Reid however is not a man of love nor a man of many loyalties and Christel is physically and mentally pushed to the edge most people cannot endure. I can’t believe how much I was sucked into this nove Set in the wilds of the Amazon and among the corrupt of the U.S., this novel traverses three generations of family secrets and atrocities. The main character is Christel Welch. Born as an heiress to a fortune, on her father’s death bed she is legally sent to be raised by business partner Alan Reid. Reid however is not a man of love nor a man of many loyalties and Christel is physically and mentally pushed to the edge most people cannot endure. I can’t believe how much I was sucked into this novel. What I assumed would be a novel of generational laundering and theft turned into MUCH more than I expected. Christel is inspiring in her ability to see past the forced blinders that have been pulled over her eyes and hope for something better than what she has been dealt. She uses her physical and emotional scars to build an empire based on philanthropy and love. She is a woman of strength, courage, flaws and most importantly, hope. I did not read other reviews when I received this book and I am so glad that I didn’t. There is a lot that is missing from the synopsis and going in blind made every revelation eye opening, ghastly and that much more powerful to take in. There are portions that make you cringe as a woman and disgust you as a mother. There are graphic scenes that are not suitable for younger readers. Even though this is over 400 pages it was a very fast read and all of the unique elements from undocumented tribes in the Amazon, government experiments and Chagas disease kept me hooked. Each new generation had a twist that draws you in deeply. There are portions that seem to go by fast or wrap up in a neatly tied bow but in the end this novel is about our heroine Christel. Her closure on her past demons and her ever present angel of hope that pushes her to do and be more despite her circumstances. Trigger warnings: sexual, mental and physical abuse to a minor and adult, rape, suicide. Thank you to IRead Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this novel for an honest and unbiased opinion.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you Iread Book Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. A Goddess Among Men By: Daniel Davidsohn *Please note there are darker themes of sexual abuse and possible triggers in the book.* REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆ Can we first talk about the gorgeous cover of A Goddess Among Men? I love it because the colors and conveyance are perfect. Now, some thoughts about the book that left me at a loss for words. As deep and dark as the Amazon Thank you Iread Book Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own. A Goddess Among Men By: Daniel Davidsohn *Please note there are darker themes of sexual abuse and possible triggers in the book.* REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆ Can we first talk about the gorgeous cover of A Goddess Among Men? I love it because the colors and conveyance are perfect. Now, some thoughts about the book that left me at a loss for words. As deep and dark as the Amazon at the heart of the story, this narrative explores some disturbing and unsettling aspects of one young woman's life. Christel Reid Welch is born into an unimaginable situation, and the horrors of her day to day life are accepted as normal because Christel knows nothing else. From a very young age, Christel is sexually abused and used as a sort of spy, trained to use her body for any task that her "owners" assign. To Christel, this is normal, but the time comes when she begins to question everything. "...something wasn't right. There was an urge to break through that sacred barrier she knew existed between her and those not involved in this..." To understand how Christel got to this point, you must go back to her father, Julian Welch. Fresh off the boat from England, Julian has come to the Amazon seeking his fortune and a measure of success. Fate places Alan Reid, a Texan, in Julian's path, thus beginning a relationship which will eventually continue through Julian's daughter, Christel. With a little luck and underhanded cleverness, Alan and Julian eek out an Amazon fortune in the rubber industry. Like two sides of a coin, Julian is honest, kind and giving, but while Alan is ruthless, untrustworthy and selfish. From the moment Alan appeared in the story, I disliked him. He seemed to radiate evil, lies, hate and treachery. "...Alan couldn't find an opening in his soul for the beautiful side of life." Julian, conversely, struck me as a good person with rotten luck. He marries an Amazon woman and loves her more than anything. They have many beautiful years of happiness, moving to New York at some point. Luck, however, has nearly run its course in Julian's life, and his health is declining. A doctor confirms what Julian already suspected. "Julian would never forget that day...It was as if all the stars of hell perfectly aligned over his head, and the angels of luck went missing. " Julian decides to entrusts his newborn daughter, Christel, to Alan. This is how Christel came to be in such a horrible situation. In order to break free, Christel must dig into her past to understand who her father was and his importance. Julian was a wealthy man in partnership with Alan, and Christel is his heir. What a shocking reality check! How will Christel proceed to claim what is rightfully hers? Although it begins with Julian and Alan, this story is Christel's. Her life as an heiress and a woman is quite remarkable, but she also experiences terrible things at times. Christel survives the darkest evils of humanity and channels her strength into something positive. Christel becomes a beacon of light, hope and possibility for everyone to see. A Goddess Among Men is impossible to put down. This is the type of story I didn't want to end. The characters were so alive, authentic and well drawn; they became my constant companions. A Goddess Among Men completely occupied my mind, even when I was not reading. Christel will stay with me because her story is unforgettable. I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Leila

    Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction Yep, that about sums it up. Roller coaster ride would also fit… romance (though not as a primary genre, maybe more as a side note.) This book is outside what my “norm” is but I could not put the book down. Initially, I was a little wary. Honestly, the entire first part (the book is broken into 3 parts) I was wary of if I would like it or not, but the shady main character left a bad taste in my mouth. I had to continue reading to see what would happe Family Saga Fiction, Thriller, Historical Fiction Yep, that about sums it up. Roller coaster ride would also fit… romance (though not as a primary genre, maybe more as a side note.) This book is outside what my “norm” is but I could not put the book down. Initially, I was a little wary. Honestly, the entire first part (the book is broken into 3 parts) I was wary of if I would like it or not, but the shady main character left a bad taste in my mouth. I had to continue reading to see what would happen and how everything would play out. It was just a situation and a person that – while I understand the evil of some people – you just don’t really think someone could be so evil and conniving, but he was. And it didn’t end with the first part of the book. His evil and conniving ways continued through it all. Once the Goddess was introduced (I must warn you, this portion of the book is definitely a possible trigger as well as more of a PG13 rating. It is disturbing and sickening, but not detailed or graphic. Just the events that were occurring) I was hook, line, and sinker. Sidenote: I totally did not understand the title of the book until closer to the end. The light bulb moment turned on and I was in awe because really, Christel is the Goddess among men. She was… everything. A survivor, a wife, a mother, a business woman, a billionaire, a strength to be reckoned with, smart, intelligent, business savvy, and best of all – she was a giver, a philanthropist. Where women would struggle, Christel fought back. Where men questioned, Christel pressed on and prevailed. Christel was a woman to be idolized and in hindsight, the book is her story. I highly recommend this read. It is long, but so well worth it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Wilson

    I had not read any books by this author before, so opened A Goddess Among Men with curiosity. Would I enjoy it? The answer was a yes. While A Goddess Among Men is categorized as a family saga, historical fiction and thriller, at it's core I would say underneath it all, it's a classic story of good versus evil. It also shows the grey area so many of us walk in despite our best intentions. A warning - there are some really dark parts to this plot. Julian Welch is a young man with a good soul and h I had not read any books by this author before, so opened A Goddess Among Men with curiosity. Would I enjoy it? The answer was a yes. While A Goddess Among Men is categorized as a family saga, historical fiction and thriller, at it's core I would say underneath it all, it's a classic story of good versus evil. It also shows the grey area so many of us walk in despite our best intentions. A warning - there are some really dark parts to this plot. Julian Welch is a young man with a good soul and honest intentions. Alan Reid is an opportunistic, controlling self-centered, amoral person looking for riches and willing to do anything to anyone to reach his goals. They connect when Julian arrives in the Amazon attracted by the promise of riches. These 2 opposites become business partners and create an empire. Once rich, Julian uses his money for philanthropy until the day he dies. Alan, however, continues to look for ways to control and use others to his advantage, including Julian's new baby daughter - Christel. She becomes a much abused pawn in his international dealings. Then one day she walks away and steps into her power. She chooses a path for the business that takes it in a philanthropic direction. She marries the love of her life and has a son who she adores. But the business's dark past comes back to haunt her in the end. This story encompasses 3 generations and 3 continents, always complex, yet does it without becoming an enormous tome. The story flows easily and at just the right pace, with just the right amount of time spent at each step along the way. There are dark times here. One night I struggled to sleep worrying about Christel as a baby and the evil Alan had planned for this innocent. How is that for drawing a reader in? A great read. I'm going to have to check out some of Davidsohn's other titles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    A Goddess Among Men is a 3-generation family saga. In a world of male dominance, Christel Welch is the sole heiress to a fortune built in another place and time, during the rubber era in the Amazon Rainforest. She evolves from an abused young woman to a glamorous, humanitarian powerhouse whose mind and heart are still trapped in the past, and a lot goes on through the decades. Christel is a hell of a good character, with an envious lust for life. I loved every bit of her and I also enjoyed the l A Goddess Among Men is a 3-generation family saga. In a world of male dominance, Christel Welch is the sole heiress to a fortune built in another place and time, during the rubber era in the Amazon Rainforest. She evolves from an abused young woman to a glamorous, humanitarian powerhouse whose mind and heart are still trapped in the past, and a lot goes on through the decades. Christel is a hell of a good character, with an envious lust for life. I loved every bit of her and I also enjoyed the linear storytelling that establishes how Christel came to be who she is. I received this book as an ARC and was glad to read it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn was a beautifully descriptive book filled with well written literature, beautifully described scenes, and realistic characters. I really loved the female lead character as she was not just some perfect character, but instead felt like a real person with real strengths and flaws. I am really glad I read this book as it was well worth the read!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Giorgio Silva

    I got this novel from an ARC program. It's been a while since I've read such a good book. An old style story, not obviously committed to known writing formulas to easily please the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The places from another era, the people, and especially Christel, the protagonist. What she's been through, and how she handles it, makes her a true goddess. I strongly recommend it. I got this novel from an ARC program. It's been a while since I've read such a good book. An old style story, not obviously committed to known writing formulas to easily please the reader. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The places from another era, the people, and especially Christel, the protagonist. What she's been through, and how she handles it, makes her a true goddess. I strongly recommend it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    What I Loved: I love that this book covered three generations of characters. I think it really helped me to understand who Christel, the main character, was. I got an excellent understanding of why her emotional state was the way it was, and I appreciated all the details that went into building the timeline. My Synopsis: Alan and Julian are an odd-couple type of business relationship. Julian is a wonderful man with a lovely personality, while Alan is the exact opposite. He is a cruel, ruthless man What I Loved: I love that this book covered three generations of characters. I think it really helped me to understand who Christel, the main character, was. I got an excellent understanding of why her emotional state was the way it was, and I appreciated all the details that went into building the timeline. My Synopsis: Alan and Julian are an odd-couple type of business relationship. Julian is a wonderful man with a lovely personality, while Alan is the exact opposite. He is a cruel, ruthless man that is focused on making it to the top of the success ladder. Julian finds out he is a father shortly before his death, and he entrusts his daughter to Alan. WHY?!?!? I know as the reader we know more than the characters, but this decision broke my heart. So, Alan ends up the caregiver for Christel, and he is terrible. Christel endures unthinkable acts *see warnings below* and her treatment emotionally hollows her out. Christel’s early childhood experiences shape who she becomes as a woman. She must work to embrace who she is with the help of someone from her past. How I Felt: The plot was so interesting. I really liked how the story covered such a wide range of years. There were twists and turns that I didn’t expect throughout the book, making the story such a page-turner! Christel’s history provides so much for the reader to learn about, and as the information was revealed, I just needed to know more! The characters were so well-written. They had a depth that stemmed from their expansive histories, as well as the care the author took to develop them throughout the story. Alan is a despicable person. I was disgusted by him throughout the entire book. I found myself blaming Julian again and again for putting Christel in this horrible situation. I enjoyed Christel’s character arc as she ages. She struggles with her history and her emotions. At times, she wants to right the wrongs with anger and revenge, but at other times, she turns inward, working to heal. She had so many qualities that were just like her father. It was interesting to see the parallels to the ways they treated situations. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. It was well-written with a plot that makes you need to keep reading! Content Warning: This book contains physical, mental, and sexual abuse and rape, as well as suicide. To Read or Not To Read: I would recommend A Goddess Among Men for readers that enjoy an emotional story with self-reflection and character growth. I was provided an advanced reader's copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily. My full review of this book will post to my blog on 6/9/20. All of my reviews can be found at https://shejustlovesbooks.com/all-boo...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandy {The Review Booth}

    There's just something about this book that keeps me from liking it - I keep picking it up and putting it back down again. The first portion of the book that centers around Alan and Julian is interesting enough but it just seemed to skip from barely scraping by to now they're insanely rich although the methods of how they got there definitely made short work of point A to point B. Julian is as he said - ignorant or just turns a blind eye to Alan and his reactions seem underwhelming considering a There's just something about this book that keeps me from liking it - I keep picking it up and putting it back down again. The first portion of the book that centers around Alan and Julian is interesting enough but it just seemed to skip from barely scraping by to now they're insanely rich although the methods of how they got there definitely made short work of point A to point B. Julian is as he said - ignorant or just turns a blind eye to Alan and his reactions seem underwhelming considering all of Alan's actions. In my eyes Alan is exceedingly deplorable and doesn't have a single redeeming quality besides the fact that he is a cunningly smart gambler (which I would assume is the point). This portion of the book may only serve as laying the background for the two men with direct ties to Christel. Christel is strong and a survivor after the life that Alan subjected her to - albeit not personally but through one of his many projects. Her "otherworldly goddess" type beauty is entirely to overdone to really be believable, yes there are insanely beautiful people in the world but she sounds more akin to a succubus than a human woman. Overall the main characters in the story were excessive in the qualities that made them unique - Alan's deviousness, Julian's kindness, Christel's beauty. The supporting characters were akin to a revolving door which didn't allow them to really support the main characters or flesh out their characters. The story skips around entirely to often from person to person and in doing so prevents a connection being made with any one of the characters. A Goddess Among Men covers to broad of a swath of time to do any portion of it the proper world and/or character building deserved. The synopsis of the book made it sound like the book would be more about Christel than it really is, I may have made the wrong assumption in that she would be the main focal character. A Goddess Among Men does have the bones to become a great story but I believe that it would be a more realistic story if told solely from Christel's perspective and she had to wade through not only her past but also her father's and the history of Reid & Welch itself. The comeuppance of Reid & Welch's activities is saved until the very, very last portion of the book; it was only a singular event, even though it was catastrophic in nature it wasn't like every aspect of the business was spinning out of control from corruption. This book had the potential to be a great novel - it just didn't work well for me personally. Despite that I think that if you enjoy historical fiction, corporate/industrial espionage and secret government programs you might enjoy this book. Thank you to the author Daniel Davidsohn and Goodreads for hosting the giveaway for a digital copy of A Goddess Among Men - all opinions are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    I was very intrigued when I saw this book cover and read the description, I had to read it! The book is multi-generational and covers a wide range of topics – greed, betrayal, deceit, family secrets and more (so many aspects that creates a novel that you don’t want to put down). The story I feel is based on this odd relationship that is formed between Julian and Alan. They have an unique first encounter – which Julian first feels like the luckiest man alive but is soon left to deal with Alan’s co I was very intrigued when I saw this book cover and read the description, I had to read it! The book is multi-generational and covers a wide range of topics – greed, betrayal, deceit, family secrets and more (so many aspects that creates a novel that you don’t want to put down). The story I feel is based on this odd relationship that is formed between Julian and Alan. They have an unique first encounter – which Julian first feels like the luckiest man alive but is soon left to deal with Alan’s consequences. This starts this odd relationship they have, Julian is the kind, thoughtful person who wants to earn enough to just make it in the world, have a wife and do good, while Alan is the smart but cruel businessman (who will do anything to get what he wants). Alan seems to be lacking any compassion, understanding or care for others (and as we get glimpses of his childhood, we begin to start to understand the damage that was done there). Together they build an empire, which from the outside seems to be a sound, wealthy business with good practices but on the inside the empire holds dark secrets, which we only begin to learn how evil some of it truly is near the middle to the end of the book. Just before Julian’s death, he finds out he is a father and to ensure his daughter’s safety he entrusts Alan (warning bells here) with her care and to ensure she receives Julian’s portion of the company. I am sure you can just picture what Alan does to his daughter, Christel. Christel spends all of her childhood as part of an experiment that Alan commissioned and later becomes a weapon for Alan, as she uses her beauty to gather secrets. She is physically, sexually, emotionally and mentally abused. She almost becomes a shell of a person and it isn’t until later in life when a good hearted soul (who never stopped looking for her) helps her discover her worth. This is an intense, well written novel. Some of the parts of the novel are hard to stomach (especially when we learn parts about Christel’s past) and may be difficult for some readers (they do not go into great detail but we are given high level descriptions of the events she endured). Christel is a strong woman, who despite enduring so much wants to ensure she rights the wrongs of the past. She is sometimes caught between wanting revenge and wanting to heal at parts in the book. Like her Father, she is constantly bearing the weight of the sins of Alan and his very shady practices, she is determined to make right all that they did wrong but some sins are difficult to make right. Alan made me angry throughout the novel, how could one person behave in such a way and that Julian turned a blind eye so many times does not make it right (despite how much humanitarian work he does). I enjoyed this novel and could not put it down, I wanted to know how Christel’s story played out. Would she be able to forgive, heal and move forward? Could she find healing in her own family and giving back to others? Could she ever right all the wrong that Alan and Julian did? Christel ends the story a stronger, better and open to healing. I loved every moment.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angela Thompson

    A Goddess Among Men Shares a Complex, Well Paced Story. While I did not settle immediately into the author's writing style and the flow of the story, I did eventually fall into the flow. I found the storyline moved well from character to character and place to place over time. The story is a complicated one--spanning time through different countries and different character views. The author develops a deep, dark tale with strong, well-developed characters and keeps a satisfying pace for readers. A Goddess Among Men Shares a Complex, Well Paced Story. While I did not settle immediately into the author's writing style and the flow of the story, I did eventually fall into the flow. I found the storyline moved well from character to character and place to place over time. The story is a complicated one--spanning time through different countries and different character views. The author develops a deep, dark tale with strong, well-developed characters and keeps a satisfying pace for readers. Readers will Find Well-Developed Characters--but, not Necessarily Likable Ones. I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this book. While I did hope for the best for Christel--I didn't find her necessarily believable nor likable. It is undoubtedly a book built upon darkness, greed, and control, and the author creates his characters to exude these qualities well. Would I recommend A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn? If you enjoy historical fiction and family-based thrillers--this is a well-developed story with strong, well-drawn characters filling the roles. The book moves around a bit and takes a little patience to fall into the writing flow. Once you settle into the story, you will be drawn into a complex drama that holds your interest well past the end. I received a copy of this book from the author or publisher. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating story. It spans three generations, and while some of the book is dark at times, and gets a little more complex, it's a well-written novel that will appeal to readers of historical fiction, dramas, and family sagas. The characters range from relatively likable and believable to despicable and awful. The vivid imagery elicited from the world building makes you feel as though you're actually in the jungles of Brazil or New York. The plot starts off with two men, A Goddess Among Men is a fascinating story. It spans three generations, and while some of the book is dark at times, and gets a little more complex, it's a well-written novel that will appeal to readers of historical fiction, dramas, and family sagas. The characters range from relatively likable and believable to despicable and awful. The vivid imagery elicited from the world building makes you feel as though you're actually in the jungles of Brazil or New York. The plot starts off with two men, Alan and Julian, freshly arrived and Brazil and ready to get rich quick via rubber. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as they expected, and their interactions/"friendship" are what set off the events of the rest of the book. A profound, sometimes deep and complicated, but ultimately engaging read. 4 stars!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    A good novel. Well written. Good plot and good characters

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Jane

    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits A Goddess Among Men is an epic family story which takes readers from the emergence of the Brazilian rubber industry in the Amazon rainforest at the beginning of the 20th century to present day environmental concerns about the potentially irreversible destruction of what remains of that same rainforest. The novel focuses first on treasure hunting business partners Alan and Julian as they establish the beginnings of what will become a wealthy g See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits A Goddess Among Men is an epic family story which takes readers from the emergence of the Brazilian rubber industry in the Amazon rainforest at the beginning of the 20th century to present day environmental concerns about the potentially irreversible destruction of what remains of that same rainforest. The novel focuses first on treasure hunting business partners Alan and Julian as they establish the beginnings of what will become a wealthy global empire. I enjoyed reading about their exploits, immoral though they frequently are, and was intrigued by the interactions between these two very different men. Despite its Goddess title, the narrative is always driven by male action with the women's characters usually being decorative or sexual, something I found particularly disturbing in scenes of Christel's early teenage years. (This novel should carry a child sex abuse trigger warning.) Christel herself was a difficult character for me to understand as her motivations often seemed at odds with what we were told about her. I was surprised at how swiftly adult Christel relinquished control to men she had only just met. I would have expected a lot less trust considering her past experiences, and I would have appreciated her being allowed to blossom into a strong independent woman rather than a rich one who perpetually allows herself to be rescued. That said, A Goddess Among Men is an unusual story that doesn't follow the usual thriller formula so I was keen to find out how everything would finally resolve itself. Davidsohn is good at establishing historical atmosphere by including pertinent details of fashions and culture of the periods. He always keeps his tale moving forward at a fast pace too so the book feels exciting to read and there is a lot going on to keep readers guessing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A Goddess Among Men is my first introduction to the talents of Daniel Davidsohn. The first thing that attracted me to this book is the intriguing and gorgeous cover. I do have to admit that in the beginning of reading, I had a hard time getting through the first fifty pages. Once I was able to catch on as to what was going on, I was able to keep reading and not want to put it down. I thought it was a really good read. In A Goddess Among Men, readers will find a variety of genres and subjects. I h A Goddess Among Men is my first introduction to the talents of Daniel Davidsohn. The first thing that attracted me to this book is the intriguing and gorgeous cover. I do have to admit that in the beginning of reading, I had a hard time getting through the first fifty pages. Once I was able to catch on as to what was going on, I was able to keep reading and not want to put it down. I thought it was a really good read. In A Goddess Among Men, readers will find a variety of genres and subjects. I has a lot that I enjoy reading in a book, such as, history, adventure, action, mystery and drama. The setting was unique that I found to be fascinating and refreshing. The author details the surroundings so well, I felt like I was right there. The plot had some twists and turns that I would not have ever predicted would happen. My favorite character was by far Christel. She was such a strong woman for her time. I admired her bravery and courage throughout. I think many readers would be able to relate to her and what she had gone through. I know I felt that way. I enjoyed getting to know her and her family. I am giving A Goddess Among Men four and a half stars. I would be interested in reading more books by Daniel Davidsohn in the future. I recommend this one for readers who enjoy historical fiction. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clazzzer C

    So while the concept of tis book seemed goos I'm not sure if it worked 100%. The writing was good, I liked the author's use of language but I'm not entirely sure if it worked particularly well for the plot in question. Tales of corruption interest me as a rule in literature and this plot was no exception. I disliked Alan, more than most and my heart went out to Christel. I think the plot lacked credibility in parts also and I found it difficult to position myself in the picture, which I usually So while the concept of tis book seemed goos I'm not sure if it worked 100%. The writing was good, I liked the author's use of language but I'm not entirely sure if it worked particularly well for the plot in question. Tales of corruption interest me as a rule in literature and this plot was no exception. I disliked Alan, more than most and my heart went out to Christel. I think the plot lacked credibility in parts also and I found it difficult to position myself in the picture, which I usually find easy when I am enjoying a novel. That said A Goddess Among Men had lots of appealing points also and I think it will appeal to many. I give it 3.5 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Keisha

    When Julian Welch meets Alan Reid as he tries to make his fortune in the world, his naivete does not prepare him for the corrupt partnership that happens as they form the Welch-Reid Company, or the horrors that awaits the next generation in the Welch family directly because of Alan Reid’s actions. Initially, this novel starts following the two main characters, Julian Welch and his business partner, Alan Reid as they make their fortune in latex in the jungles of Brazil. Spanning almost seventy yea When Julian Welch meets Alan Reid as he tries to make his fortune in the world, his naivete does not prepare him for the corrupt partnership that happens as they form the Welch-Reid Company, or the horrors that awaits the next generation in the Welch family directly because of Alan Reid’s actions. Initially, this novel starts following the two main characters, Julian Welch and his business partner, Alan Reid as they make their fortune in latex in the jungles of Brazil. Spanning almost seventy years, it evolves into a record of the lives of three generations of Welch’s and ultimately culminating in the very jungle where it began. The stark contrast in the values and moral standards of the two men are repeated throughout the novel as Julian matures into an ethical businessman and philanthropist after making his fortune, while Alan continues to try and control everything, including wanting to take control of Julian’s wealth after his death. Alan goes so far as to arrange the marriage of Julian to his second wife (after his first love tragically dies) in order to obtain this goal. Readers get a glimpse into Reids character early on with his bullish and unethical anctics. For example, when he feels he has been cheated in the amount paid for their latex, he uses his friendship with the local police chief to have Jaques arrested, even though he and his workers were paid and accepted what was given. We also get to see how alan treats and views women, likening the romantic relationship Julian and Jandira initially has with his own twisted thoughts of “I wouldn’t mind finding myself a whore.” This obvious disdain towards women and his disregard of them is echoed through the book in Alan’s actions of abuse and psychological manipulation. I liked that I hated Alan Reid. His character uses super villain esque type manipulations to subvert and control generations of the Welch family and others in his sphere of power and privledge. Overall, I enjoyed the fact that there are strong female characters that drive the story forward. From Jandira of 1918 (being an instrumental part in the start of the rubber wealth) to Christel Welch of present day, saving the forest of Brazil and working on behalf of the indigenous people and their plight. There are times in A Goddess among Men, when I could not put it down, and there are times when I thought, yep, some men are totally like this. I need a break. I think it is a testament to Davidsohn’s writing that I was able to really dislike a character so easily. Although A Goddess among Men starts with the two Male characters, it ends with the story of Christel Welch, heiress and philantropist. How she takes control of her life, saving and reinventing the company her father built, while trying to erase and come to terms with her dark and tragic past. From early adulthood to her later years, her strength of character propels her forward. While I personally, could not relate to Christel or Jandira, I appreciate that they are written as they are. And there are a number of other female supporting roles in the novel for readers to choose from, so characters don’t seem cut from the same mold. I would recommend A Goddess among Men to adult readers, as it contains mature themes (like psychological manipulation, abuse, and rape) and references to them in chapters. This book is unique and interesting. I was able to finish it easily in two days.

  18. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a zillion games of scrabble, done a zillion crosswords and I AM BORED!!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the aut When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is closed and you are in #COVID19 #socialisolation, superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. (I have played a zillion games of scrabble, done a zillion crosswords and I AM BORED!!!) I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. From the primitive ruggedness of the Amazon rainforest to the privileged society of New York, three generations experience triumph and tragedy in this saga of loyalty, corruption, greed . . . but one woman has the power to change it all. In 1907, Julian Welch and Alan Reid meet by chance in the jungles of the Amazon attracted by the riches of the rubber boom. Pioneers in an era of uncertainty, they form an unlikely alliance and establish the foundation for a successful empire, Reid & Welch. However, with Julian's death, the empire is left to Alan, as is the responsibility for Julian's newborn daughter, Christel. Yet for Christel, there’s no growing up as a privileged heiress. Instead, Alan subjects her to a life few endure, much less overcome. Through her will to survive and being as uncompromising as she is beautiful, Christel puts the horrors of her past behind her and begins to build a seemingly bright future. But when the success built on corruption starts to crumble, Christel will be forced to address the past or pay for the sins of the fathers. I requested this hoping for a great dynastic read (a la Jeffrey Archer or Barbara Taylor Bradford)| but I just could not get engaged in the book. It just didn't float my boat: I did not connect with the characters or plot and gave it up only a short way into it. As a librarian, if I do not learn something new or get engaged in the characters I did not truly read/finish the book (I skimmed through it) as there are too many good ones out there to read and review. That also applies to just being a lover of books --- if it isn't interesting, on to the next one! P.S. I need to say one thing, though .. I am SICK of books with women's backs on them as they look away, walk away or drive away. This cover is gorgeous but pease get more creative, publishers.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Alan Reid and Julian Welch have both found themselves in the Amazon rainforest in 1907 in search of their fortunes in the form of rubber.  Both men are extremely motivated, but that is where their similarities end.  Alan is ruthless, manipulative and not afraid to break any rules.  Julian is kind-hearted, genuine and charismatic.  They form a dangerous partnership that pays off through a series of not-so-legal transactions on Alan's part.  The Reid & Welch empire is born and expands through the Alan Reid and Julian Welch have both found themselves in the Amazon rainforest in 1907 in search of their fortunes in the form of rubber.  Both men are extremely motivated, but that is where their similarities end.  Alan is ruthless, manipulative and not afraid to break any rules.  Julian is kind-hearted, genuine and charismatic.  They form a dangerous partnership that pays off through a series of not-so-legal transactions on Alan's part.  The Reid & Welch empire is born and expands through the years to a multi-billion dollar corporation.  Upon Julian's death he attempts to assure his daughter, Christel's as heir to the empire by having Alan adopt her.  However, Alan has other plans for Christel and places her in a secret program.  As Alan nears death, he tracks down Christel and prepares to hand over everything.  Christel does not balk and takes on the challenge, turning the immense wealth into something good.  Years later, a property in the Amazon that Reid & Welch owns begins trouble for everything that Christel has built for her family. A Goddess Among Men is a generational family saga reaching over a century.  The plot was intense and high stakes keeping the story at a good pace. Moving from the Amazon Jungle to New York City and back again definitely kept things interesting.   The point of view was from the third person, which didn't really allow me to feel close to any of the characters, however most of the characters were not especially likable people.  I would have loved to know more of Alan and Julien's backstories and what motivated them to be the type of people they became. Christel's story was by far the most intriguing.  I couldn't imagine being raised in a training program and used how she was and coming out anything near ok.  Christel's amazing sense of self, confidence and struggles to do better than those who came before her shine through.  I was engaged in her decisions with taking over Reid & Welch and righting the wrongs of the past.  As the story moved back to the Amazon, I was intrigued by the environmental issues and impacts.  Overall, a compelling story of the implications of power and wealth, especially when in the wrong hands. This book was received for free in return for an honest review.  This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I struggled to review this one a bit. While it was ostensibly a family saga covering three generations, there was so much else going on in this book. The story begins with a tenuous relationship between two men as they become business partners, then follows the next two generations of one of the partners with the other one as an ever-present entity. In the beginning, there were two men who had each traveled to Brazil to find their fortunes. I found these parts enlightening. I do not know much abo I struggled to review this one a bit. While it was ostensibly a family saga covering three generations, there was so much else going on in this book. The story begins with a tenuous relationship between two men as they become business partners, then follows the next two generations of one of the partners with the other one as an ever-present entity. In the beginning, there were two men who had each traveled to Brazil to find their fortunes. I found these parts enlightening. I do not know much about the rubber boon in Brazil and learned a little bit about this. Mostly, I learned about how underhanded and greedy people have been for a long time. Throughout this part, I did not understand why Julian continued to be involved with Reid. Part two took a strange turn. Part of me wishes we went deeper into the seedy sides of this part. Julian asking Reid to take his daughter was dumb, and what Reid immediately did was insane. This part was certainly more episodic than part one. We got a hint of the terribleness that was happening, but there was a lot of insinuation. Not that I want to see anyone hurt or sexually abused in detail, but the idea that we need to believe the science experiments taking place are the worst ever, we may need to see more. Maybe it doesn't have to happen to Christel, but we can see some of the experimentation for the other children involved. The third part felt the most episodic and rushed. This happened and then that happened and then this happened with some loose narration between scenes. In some ways this worked, but in many ways it made me feel there were more questions than answers. I never felt emotional connection with any of the characters, but I thought several of the things encountered could have been more deeply examined. At the end of the day, I did enjoy this story. I can recommend it without too many reservations and hope that others will find the storylines original and thought-provoking, even if they are a bit brief. Thank you to NetGalley for a free review copy. All thoughts presented here are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Griselda Alvarez

    I requested an eARC of A Goddess Among Men because of the beautiful cover. Going in blind, I was very impressed with the well written characters and atmospheric scenery. This is a multi-generational story that begins with Alan and Julian who meet in the Amazon rainforest during the Brazilian Rubber industry and become partners in a business venture. Both men are very different from each other, while Julian is calm and passionate, Alan is cruel and ruthless. Never caring about what anyone thinks I requested an eARC of A Goddess Among Men because of the beautiful cover. Going in blind, I was very impressed with the well written characters and atmospheric scenery. This is a multi-generational story that begins with Alan and Julian who meet in the Amazon rainforest during the Brazilian Rubber industry and become partners in a business venture. Both men are very different from each other, while Julian is calm and passionate, Alan is cruel and ruthless. Never caring about what anyone thinks or wants. The beginning part of this book was very hard to read and was about to DNF it but glad I pushed on. There were several characters both bad and good but is focused more on Christel; Julian’s daughter who was orphaned as a baby and who dealt with a terrible childhood until her early 20s. She was a strong woman who didn’t let her circumstances pull her down and get the best of her. I enjoyed how this book wrapped up. This is my first Daniel Davidsohn book and will be looking forward to his future works and will look into his backlist. Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and Author for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    mowgliwithabook

    ✨ Saga,shocking,Swell ✨ . . A Goddess Among Men is a historical fiction that spans over 3 generations. A radically different read that was hard to put down. . 🌟🌟🌟💫/5 . REVIEW-> This book deals with some very sensitive & difficult topics. Christel is the star of the story. Her perception of men has been shaped by the abuse she endured over the years & she uses this knowledge as her best defense in the business world. But She never fully recovers from the horrors & struggles to feel complete or happy. Th ✨ Saga,shocking,Swell ✨ . . A Goddess Among Men is a historical fiction that spans over 3 generations. A radically different read that was hard to put down. . 🌟🌟🌟💫/5 . REVIEW-> This book deals with some very sensitive & difficult topics. Christel is the star of the story. Her perception of men has been shaped by the abuse she endured over the years & she uses this knowledge as her best defense in the business world. But She never fully recovers from the horrors & struggles to feel complete or happy. The book goes into gruesome details about some abuses and I winced more than once while reading. . Despite everything Christel thrives & emerges stronger. There are a lot of characters in the story, but only a few are given enough space to develop-and that kept the story from getting confusing. Set in Brazil, when the rubber boom was at its peak, the story dives into the dirty politics and shady business deals people struck to take advantage of the forest resources. . A read definitely worth your time!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Trudy

    This book started out interesting enough, an adventure of 2 very different men in the Amazon seeking to make money in the rubber industry. It has a very dark tone to it though which continues throughout the book. Julian is from England and a gentleman in the truest sense. Alan is an American who is in his own words, broken. I continuously asked myself why I kept reading it. It skips across time like a stone across the water without making any deep connection or fleshing out of characters. I gues This book started out interesting enough, an adventure of 2 very different men in the Amazon seeking to make money in the rubber industry. It has a very dark tone to it though which continues throughout the book. Julian is from England and a gentleman in the truest sense. Alan is an American who is in his own words, broken. I continuously asked myself why I kept reading it. It skips across time like a stone across the water without making any deep connection or fleshing out of characters. I guess that’s the reason I could keep reading it. There was no investment in the story. It’s like reading a TV or movie script, not a book. But finally I conceded and gave up after reading most of it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cair-Paravel De Loulay

    Christel has had a hard life from every angle. Yet despite this, she rises to the top and maintains her dignity and womanhood. It has a good end and is a quick read. I received a free copy from Hidden Gems Books in return for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lea Ann Cornman

    Thank you NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review of A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn. In 1907, Alan Reid and Julian Welch both came to the Amazon region of Brazil to make money in the blossoming rubber industry. These men are drastically different from each other; Alan being a good business man, but very cruel and vicious and Julian on the other hand, is a good person who is wanting to make a difference in the world. The book is mainly centered on Juian's only Thank you NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for my honest review of A Goddess Among Men by Daniel Davidsohn. In 1907, Alan Reid and Julian Welch both came to the Amazon region of Brazil to make money in the blossoming rubber industry. These men are drastically different from each other; Alan being a good business man, but very cruel and vicious and Julian on the other hand, is a good person who is wanting to make a difference in the world. The book is mainly centered on Juian's only child, a daughter named Cristel, who is also the only heir to the international business corporation formed by the two men. A Goddess Among Men is multi-generational and covers many decades of trials and tribulations, twists and turns of the rich and famous, reminiscent of Sidney Sheldon style books. This book covers some pretty rough situations. If you are sensitive to reading about sexual assault, this book may not be for you as there are some pretty disturbing scenes. I give this book a mediocre rating as a 3. If I could give it a 3.5, I would. It is a hard book to put down at times because its a good read and at other times I had to put it down because of content. The book has some holes in the story, and is a little far fetched. Cristel overcomes a lot in her life, but to me she's not a likable character. She does a lot of good, but has relatively no personality other than emotional strength and knowing how to live as a very wealthy woman. If the characters had been a little more personable, I think I could have overlooked some of the holes in the story and rated this book a little higher. The sexual content of this book was a little strong for my liking, its pretty disturbing at times. Give this book a try if you like to read about families with more power and money than anyone needs and the dramas that go along with it, you like Dallas or Dynasty TV (with a twist). this may be the book for you.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Sievers

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stinger

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather Deal

  29. 5 out of 5

    Terry

  30. 5 out of 5

    Maryjo Laupp

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