Book Review: The Goddesses by Swan Huntley


Rating:  3/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: Looking for a fresh start, Nancy starts taking yoga classes where she meets and befriends the instructor and a whirlwind friendship begins.

Genre: Women’s Fiction

My Review:

“All people sooner or later, will disappoint you,” Ana said, looking at the space above my head.

As always I have to thank the wonderful people over at Book Sparks for sending this book my way. I had been seeing this book all over bookstagram, which of course made me curious. Unfortunately, when it comes to The Goddesses my main feeling is one of frustration. I couldn’t connect with the main character, Nancy, and a lot of the decisions she made had me shaking my head and wanting to shake some sense into her.

…all I wanted to do was stop the cycle and re-create myself and how now, a million years later, I was trying to figure out who the hell I was under this June Cleaver costume I wore like a straitjacket.

When we first meet Nancy she has just moved to Hawaii with her family for a fresh start after her husbands affair. Being a stay-at-home mom she quickly grows restless as her husband works long hours and her sons are at school or practice. She decides to step out of her comfort zone and starts taking yoga classes where she meets and befriends the instructor, Ana (pronounced On-a). Soon they become inseparable, going on adventures all over the island and racking up “karma points’.

I felt so close to her and it was closer than I felt to my own family or any friend I’d ever had, and when she said, “I need you,” my first thought was, I need you more.

I was beside myself when Nancy kept choosing Ana over her own family, her husband and twins. It just didn’t seem believable to me that a mother would receive a phone call from her kids and she would brush them off to spend time with her new BFF. While I understand that there are indeed mothers like this out there, it goes against my moral code. Nancy’s adoration of Ana made no sense to me because clearly she was being manipulated. It took way too long for Nancy to wait up and realize what was going on.

Chuck needed to come to his own conclusions. And my main focus right now wasn’t Chuck. It was Ana.

Towards the end there it kind of seemed like Nancy and her whole family just decided to run away from their problems instead of tackling them head on. When it all came to light I don’t know how Nancy kept her cool. Yeah, she was frustrated but if I had been taken advantage of like she had no way would I have just walked away like she did. Nancy’s loneliness ended up ruining many lives and introducing someone toxic into her family’s lives. The whole situation got exhausting real quick making me dislike Nancy as much as I disliked Ana.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy’s husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana’s hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she’s ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her.


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Get to know Swan Huntley:swan

Swan Huntley is the author of The Goddesses and We Could Be Beautiful. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Ragdale Foundation. Her shorter writings have appeared on Salon, The Rumpus and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. She lives in California and Hawaii.

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