Today I have the honor of sharing a book written by a new friend and sister-goddess, Mary Elizabeth Coen. Mary is the author of Love and the Goddess: One woman. One myth. Three Goddesses.
One afternoon last September I was researching goddesses to feature here and found Mary Coen on twitter. I sent an invitation to review her book and we got to know each other during a spirited Skype conversation. Mary across the Atlantic in Galway, Ireland and me in Suttons Bay, Michigan. I’m amazed how technology can bring people together from all around the world in an instant. Mary and I quickly learned that we have a lot in common. I came away from our call excited to read and review her first novel. Enjoy this brief review Love & The Goddess and claim the kindle version for only .99 cents for the next 24 hours!
“I hope you will go out and let stories happen to you, and that you will work them, water them with your blood and tears and laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.” – Clarissa Pinkola Estes
In Love & The Goddess, the goddess theme is central to the story as the main character, Kate uses the names of each of three goddesses in the myth of Persephone, Demeter and Hekate on various internet dating sites. Kate’s voyage of self-discovery takes her from Galway in the West of Ireland to an Ashram in rural Brazil and on to the Andean highlands of Peru.
What I loved about this book was how well Mary crafted each character and how she infused humor into a story that began with Kate’s world being turned upside down by her controlling, perfectionist husband whom announced he was leaving her for his secretary. As Kate’s perfect life unravels she finds herself moving away from her beautiful home to live on her own for the first time in more than 20 years.
The author introduces us to Kate’s closest friends, James and Ella who come off as the kind of friends you’d be blessed to share your life with. James urges Kate to practice nurturing self-care while Ella persuades her to experience the peculiar world of on-line dating. Kate chooses the name of a Greek Goddess to represent herself and enters the Online dating scene. In the midst of a whirlwind of quirky and frightening dates, Kate learns she has a health crisis and goes in search of a healer.
If you want to be swept away into a world of adventure, humor, resilience and transformation, you will love this book. You can purchase a copy of Love and the Goddess at Amazon.com.
MARY ELIZABETH COEN
Mary Coen is a full-time author, coach and stress management lecturer, while also running a website called Goddess MECA. Interactive with her book, it’s a celebration of the goddess in all women with separate sections on mythology, lifestyle, cookery and blogs. Visit www.GoddessMeca.com.