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Love & The Goddess

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Librarian's note: This is an alternate cover for ASIN: B00BCKMXRA.

'Sex and
the City' meets 'Eat,
Pray, Love' in a search for love & meaning.

Love & the Goddess

One woman, One myth, Three Goddesses

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
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published November 29th 2013 by GoddessMECA (first published January 30th 2013)
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Janice Ross
Jan 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off, I knew that I would enjoy LOVE AND THE GODDESS before I even read the book. And no, it wasn’t only because of the simply amazing cover and the fact that the book’s title caught my attention. I just had this sixth sense about it all. Now that I’ve finished reading, I must admit that Mary Elizabeth Coen did a truly fantastic job of bringing this story alive.

Kate Canavan is such an amazing heroine! She’s the type of character that anyone can not help but root for. After having married ea
Wendy Janes
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate moves out of the family home when her husband abruptly announces that their marriage is over. Her colleague and good friend James advises her to see this as an opportunity for introspection and self-discovery. Her best friend Ella encourages her to try online dating to build up her self-esteem. Will either approach help Kate find happiness?

I do like Kate. She is a naturally creative and nurturing person, essentially optimistic, but she needs to find the strength to move on from negative and
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***I just have to say that this book is a must SUMMER READ for 2013~~! Don't skip this one. If you love Eat, Pray, Love, and Sophie Kinsella Books, you will devour this one, when your follow Kate on her journey. Mary E. Coen is gifted writer and a deft storyteller with a sense of humor and grace.

Update-Sometimes they say there are such things as in serendipity in the world. You could say that happened to me when I found this book in my hands as a wonderful treat for me to read. I am an avid rea
Liz Barnsley
Please note: This review from my daughter, Mel, part of the "Liz Loves Books" reviewing team. Thanks to the author for sending her the review copy.

So, here it is, my first ever full review for the Melissa page, and what a pleasure it has been. I've got to admit, when Liz conned me into the business (okay, I wanted to be there really) I wasn't expecting much interaction from the authors, but Mary Coen has opened my eyes to the online community that surrounds books/book reviewing/publishing and al
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is why I enter giveaways, so I can find gems like this. I've got a funny story Mary actually wrote me a letter with my signed copy of the novel. It reads " Dear Mike, Congratulations on winning a copy of my book on Goodreads. I hope you thoroughly enjoy following Kate on her journey of self discovery. I looked at your profile and noticing your age, I think it may be more suited to your Mom. But hey!... who knows? Perhaps you will find some Irish humor in it. I hope so. Best wishes, Marey E. ...more
Mary Coen
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Love & the Goddess
One woman, One myth, Three Goddesses

Resume - One woman's search for love begins on the internet and leads her all the way to Peru.

If you like inspirational fiction which is humorous then take a look inside:-

or for Irish/Uk readers:-

Funny, informative, heart-warming and wildly entertaining. This book rocks!
– Ferdia Mac Anna

Jess Bickerton
Jan 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jess by: Fiction Addiction Book Tours
First of all I want to say a huge thank you to Mary E. Coen for sending me a signed paperback copy of this novel – I was very excited when it arrived and couldn’t wait to start reading it. Mary is such a wonderful person, and I am so glad to have had the pleasure of meeting her and helping promote her work.

Love & the Goddess follows Kate’s journey of self-discovery. It opens with her life being completely derailed when her husband informs her that he wants a divorce as he has fallen in love with
Tahlia Newland
Love and the Goddess is the story of a woman's journey to greater self-awareness and confidence. The novel begins with Kate pandering to her dominating husband, as she clearly has done for many years, and her world falls apart when he confesses that he has fallen in love with another woman and he wants a divorce. The marriage split sets Kate on a soul searching mission that takes her to South America to spend time with a faith healer and a shaman. She is accompanied by her good friend, James (wh ...more
Erica Jennings
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All women
“Living in the now is the path to healing. Only past regrets and future fears unsettle the mind.”

Kate, a dutiful wife, arrives home carrying the olive branch in another attempt to mend her stale marriage. Her efforts are in vain when her husband tells her he wants a divorce. He proceeds to lay blame on Kate’s shoulders and accuses Kate of not being the women he married 20 years ago. The real reason – he is having an affair with his personal assistant.

Everything Kate knew had changed and Kate’s
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kate Canavan had everything. Perfect husband, perfect daughter, perfect marriage, perfect life. And one day her perfect life just fell apart. Her husband found another woman. Kate had to leave her husband’s house.

Was this turn-over in her life for better or worse?

Kate finally has to discover what she really wants. She has a beautiful painting of three Greek Goddesses in the myth of Persephone, Demeter and Hekate. Her friend suggested on-line dating, so Kate used their names in different times on
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really, really good. It has elements of 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert (one of my favourites) and is all about Kate and what happened to her after her husband said 'I want a divorce'. I couldn't put it down and wanted more after I finished it.

Kate has a steady job and a long marriage. As far as she is concerned there's comfort in familiarity and she has become used to her life and how she is treated. Kate's husband Trevor is a man who likes control. After she spends years pa
Debra Eve
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography-memoir
This book could have easily moved into the realm of cliche, but didn't. A woman in her 40s -- married young, molded by her husband, then dumped for a newer model -- goes on a journey of self-discovery.

But Mary Elizabeth Coen transcends all stereotypes in Love & The Goddess, including those you'll find in Eat, Pray, Love. Because we're rooting for her character Kate Canavan all the way. Kate doesn't voluntarily leave her marriage and go on a quest (as Elizabeth Gilbert did) -- she's jettisoned in
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kate Canavan’s life falls apart when her husband tells her that he wants a divorce. Kate’s friend, Ella, encourages her to give on-line dating a go but after a serious health scare, Kate decides to visit a spiritual healer in South America to turn her life around.

In my opinion this book has similarities to “Eat Pray Love”, a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and if I am honest I loved Love & the Goddess even more. I felt that there was a lot more content and storyline to Love & the Goddess than the
Sylvia Valevicius
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romantic-comedy
I'm giving this book 5 stars because the author accomplishes what she set out to do: she provides a funny, sparkling book, loaded with personality, and indeed this book lives up to the billing as an Eat, Pray, Love, meets Sex and the City type of novel.

Although there are serious episodes of reflection and considerable thoughtfulness, the general feeling is that this book is a delicious read! Everything seems delicious, not only the food, the local and exotic locations, the variety of characters
Laura Bryant
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about finding yourself. In essence it is a journey. There is humour and inspiration throughout the book. The author develops characters that are not only likeable, but easy to relate to. Kate Canavan, (the main character's) world is turned upside down - her husband leaves her after many years. Subsequently, she struggles to manage her feelings. Then follows an adventure. Trekking with a friend, Ella, Kate's thinking is challenged and she follows a new path in South America throug ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favourite reads this year. In her mid-forties, Kate finds that her life is suddenly turned upside down when her marriage ends. She then agrees to accompany her friend on a trip to South America, and she meets healers and spiritual teachers. She ends up learning a lot about herself. Her love of Greek mythology leads her down an interesting route on her search for a new partner when her friend suggests that she try Internet dating.

It's an entertaining and fascinating read that ha
Ali (Ali's Bookshelf )
This is a book that I would recommend to all my friends. It's one that shows a woman's journey through self awareness. It was a bit like Eat Pray Love which is a book that I love. Love and the Goddess was chalk full of great characters and an amazing plot. But I would have liked to see a bit more of Kate's feelings and emotions as she went through each thing. I really connected with the characters though so it didn't take too much away from the plot. As I read thought this book I felt like I was ...more
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Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a way to spend the week! From the very beginning to the end was a roller-coaster ride! While trying to please everyone, especially her husband who is OCD to the max, character Kate Canavan's life goes topsy tervy in every way possible.

Well she pick herself up and start all over, well she stay where she is and hit things head on. Or does she move ahead and follow the advice of her dear friends. My heart ached for her and I was pulling for Kate from the beginning to the end.

Author Mary Eli
Angie Peoples
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a powerful book of a middle-age woman, Kate, learning about self enlightenment, becoming one with herself, letting go of the past which held many painful life events, and last but not least finding spiritual awareness so she could start living each day in the present and forging a new and better life for herself. Kate's journey was quite a remarkable one in this book. The spirituality that came through reading this book and the inner peace you find upon further reflection of some of the piv ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I came across this book via a friend's recommendation on Facebook. The title drew me into buying it as I am a pagan and love anything to do with Goddess and myths.

The story is well written, and even though it's written from a woman's perspective, I think that men can find much to relate to.

I think we are all looking for love, have endured the pitfalls and perils of Internet dating and have found spiritual quests to be empowering and enlightening.

This novel explores all these things with great em
Kim Justice
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Adult and Older
Shelves: reviewed
OH MY GOODNESS!! I dove head first into this book and did not want to come up for air. This book grabbed my attention and held it all the way through. And my emotions went all over the place... No I Am Not Kidding!!

My feelings for this book is the following: Plot:

To read more of my review:
Breath of Life
Jan 07, 2014 added it
Shelves: 2014
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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Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was delighted to have read this excellent book after a recommendation from a friend. Love & the Goddess has a real substance and passion about it, i found the central character Kate quite an amazing person and found myself willing her on through her various trials & tribulations.
In summary i think that this is a first class debut novel which is beautifully written, i eagerly look forward to future works from Mary Coen.
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, even though it was different from what I normally read. I decided to step outside the box and take a chance with this book, and I was pleasantly surprised. Healers and shamans would have turned me off, but I'm happy I kept an open mind, this book didn't disappoint. It was a cleverly well written story of self discovery that can teach us all something along the way!
Nov 20, 2013 added it
A fun, quick read about betrayal, self discovery, enlightenment and internet dating lol, worth a read
Book Info

Paperback, 390 pages
Published February 6th 2013 by GoddessMECA
ISBN 9781909483
edition language English
original title Love & the Goddess
Source:Book from author in exchange for honest review

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One woman, one myth, three goddesses

When Cookery teacher Kate Canavan’s perfect life falls apart she moves to nearby Galway City.
Her friend James urges her to love and nurture herself, but mischievous Ella persuades her to dust off her unused dating skills. So Ka
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You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
Marylin Christianson
Great reminder of living well.

Very fulfilling read. I'll read it again. This book came to me at the right time in my life. Please give it a read.
Lara Girdler
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A break-up has a funny way of turning anyone’s life on its head, while I personally haven’t seen the inside of my marriage breaking up, I have had relationships come and go in the past and there was only one that totally wrecked me – or at least I thought it did at the time – my own world was flipped on its head and every plan I had in place was cancelled and I was forced to re-think my life and what I was going to do. All in the span of my senior year of college, if not for the wonderful friend ...more
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Living in Ireland, Mary Elizabeth Coen is a former Home Economics teacher and lifestyle journalist.
Though she always dreamed of being a writer, Mary Elizabeth took a rather circuitous route getting there. You could say she has had several incarnations in this lifetime from Home Economics teacher to Fashion Editor of a magazine, along with being mother to three wonderful children, Mark, Janet and E

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