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Love and the Goddess by Mary Elizabeth Coen

I was sent a free copy of Love and The Goddess by Mary Elizabeth Coen in exchange for providing an honest review here on my blog.

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(Cover of Love and the Goddess. It’s a yellowy gold colour and has a gold swirly pattern all over it. The tag line reads: One Woman, One Myth, Three Goddesses.)

If you’ve read my reviews for a while you’ll know that one thing I like about being a book blogger is the opportunity to take a risk on something I wouldn’t normally pick for myself. Reading the synopsis this is definitely one of those books but I was glad I took the risk and think this was a pretty good book for my first read of 2014 and my first review of the year.

A woman’s voyage of self discovery begins on the internet leading all
the way to Brazil and onto the Andean highlands of Peru.

Devastated from her relationship break- up, Kate Canavan is
at a loss until she re-discovers a hidden painting of the triple Goddess from
Greek mythology. Her interest in mythology and spirituality is re-ignited. A
voyage of self discovery begins with internet dating using the names of each of
the Goddesses in the triple myth.

When a health scare intervenes Kate and her friends go together to visit a
famous healer in Brazil and a spiritual guru in Peru, where all three friends
begin spiritual journeys of forgiveness, gratitude and learning to live in the
now.
Read it to find out if Kate finds love along the way.

I am not interested in spirituality or goddesses or anything of the like but that didn’t matter when it came to reading this book. I thought some of the spiritual ideas in it were interesting but they definitely aren’t something I would want to know more about. I thought Mary Coen did a good job of explaining those aspects without overwhelming or taking away from the key aspects of the plot. I think this is a good book for someone who is interested in spirituality, particularly Greek gods but that you can still enjoy it even if you know noting about them (I don’t but I liked it anyway). However as I told one of my friends earlier this is very much not the book for you if you are particularly religious in a traditional sense. Also, one or two of the healing scenes might be upsetting to some people but they are just in passing blink and you’ll miss it type things.

The other somewhat negative point I must make is that there are several spelling mistakes and typos in this book. For example the Dalai Lama is mentioned at least twice but that is spelt Dali Lama and Kate frequently refers to men as Fellas which is spelt fellah (which really bugged me). I think there was a third error I spotted but I can’t remember what it was so it can’t have been that big of a thing. I found it relatively easy to overlook those however.

Love and the Goddess was quite a fun book and every time I picked it up I read more than I planned because I found it such a quick easy read that kept my interest. From pretty much halfway through the book I was convinced I knew how it would end but I was wrong and when it came the ending surprised me. All in all an enjoyable read.

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(Inside title page of Love and the Goddess by Mary Elizabeth Coen with a handwritten dedication which reads: To Emma, may you experience a sprinkling of goddess magic as you follow Kate on her journey. You too are a goddess. Best wishes Mary E Coen.

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