The Goddesses: A Novel by Swan Huntley
""A haunting story of betrayal and forgiveness" (Kirkus) about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful.
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. A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers."
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Goddesses" by Swan Huntley
What will happen when Nancy want a change in her life as she 'jump starts her family' by moving to Hawaii? This poor lady had been through so much with that cheating husband Chuck and twin boys that seemed to in into something one way or another. With all of this drama going on in Nancy's life would moving to Hawaii cause her some happiness? What happens when she moves to Hawaii with her family? Who is the woman Nancy will meet and what affect will she have on life? What will happen when Nancy finally gets out of this disillusion that she had felt so apart of? This is a interesting part of the read as the story shows just how people often look for happiness in the wrong place. I will say that was quite a toxic friendship. Will Nancy learn that one can't live through other people? Be prepared for lots and lots of drama! I will also say that author really knows how to give the reader a good entertaining read of thrills and suspense that will keep one reading to see what will happen next in this beautiful Hawaiian setting. I found "The Goddesses" quite a interesting read that even thought it was captivating it could be somewhat a frustrating read at times too.
Thank you to Net Gallery for the read.