TGEBookReviewToday 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!

Love & The Goddess

“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  

Highly recommended!

Mary E. 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


About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek is an Award Winning Podcaster, Best Selling Author, Voice Over Talent, Podcast Coach, and Producer.

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  • Danielle Dove Nov 27, 2013, 10:14 am

    …having to live on your own after 20 + years marriage… wow.. I am experiencing this now with a 2 year old and relocating internationally. It takes a lot of goddess courage to step on to the path and have faith. Thanks for sharing! Will add her book to my winter book list 😉

  • Joy Andreasen Nov 27, 2013, 12:05 pm

    I have purchased the Kindle edition of this book! It sounds very transformational!
    I am very intrigued with the Goddess as recently I have been drawn to all things relating to the Sacred Feminine. I feel that I am seeing a revival of focus on Goddesses and the Sacred Feminine and I love to experience different aspects and perspectives related to the subject! Thanks for sharing!

  • Shan Nov 27, 2013, 4:30 pm

    It sounds like a great read! Thanks for the review Shann. Happy to spread the love.

  • shradha devi Nov 27, 2013, 9:27 pm

    Sounds wonderful, i am so glad that this kind of magical life that modern goddssess are leading-as in- following our hearts and adventuring to where we feel guided- is being documented.This way other women can be inspired and know that magic is possible, and real, and available. And that we are the goddess of our own sacred myth…..

  • Mary E. Coen Nov 30, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Hi Shann, Shradha, Shan, Joy and Danielle
    Thanks for your comments and interest in my book Love & the Goddess. Yes, there is definitely a revival of interest in the goddess and the sacred feminine. Women have always been powerful and this has threatened the status quo through the centuries. Now the goddess is making herself known through us as we support and inspire each other rather than compete as society intended us to.
    And yes, when we follow our hearts we find our true life purpose and help manifest a new world. The feminine can transform the love of power by the power of love. When we open ourselves to the goddess energy we can indeed live magical lives that serve a bigger purpose.
    I hope you enjoy my book and accompanying website. Blessings, Mary

  • Mary E. Coen Dec 12, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Thanks for additional comments and interest in my book Joy and Danielle. Good luck to each of you on your own personal journey. As Jung said “He who looks outside dreams. He who looks within awakens.”
    Sometimes the trials that present to us are like rights of passage in our lives that help us awaken.
    Just as you describe Danielle, this time of your life requires real courage in the face of adversity. Along with love, another main attribute of the Goddess is to live in the NOW. When we breathe deeply and experience the present moment we can cope with anything.
    Blessings, Mary
    You can watch the video trailer for my book here;