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Whilst introducing themselves, Kate and Renee realise they have something, or someone in common and there is automatically bad blood within the small group which it takes Jade some very diplomatic skills to diffuse.
As the story goes along you begin to learn the women's backgrounds. They are all very different, Janet is a housewife who is beginning to reach middle age. Her marriage to her husband is just plodding along, but she thought that was normal as he is her first real relationship and they have been together nearly half her life.
Kate is the outspoken one of the group, and often saying things they would rather not hear. She is inflammatory, rude and very dismissive. She is also suffering her own personal sadness of a failed marriage. She was cheated on in the worst way, and is taking an awfully long time to recover.
Renee is the eldest of the group. Nearing her sixties, she is happily married and has a brood of girls. There is a huge sadness in Renee's life and she is grieving terribly. This threatens to shake her marriage and there is much work to do for the couple to make things work. This loss also impacts on their other children and life for Renee is difficult.
Finally there is Estelle. Hard faced and snooty, looking down her nose at all the others and wondering why on earth she is mixing with them.Read more ›
Janet is stuck in a marriage that has lost all warmth, love and respect. She needs to overcome obstacles and come to understand herself more clearly in order to reach happiness and the sensual experience that Jade promises at the start of the course. I found Janet the most sympathetic character, although I could relate to elements of each of the other three women who also have their own difficulties to overcome and journeys of personal growth. The characterisation is good, and unlike other books with four main characters introduced right from the start, I never once muddled them up. However, I would have liked to learn more about Jade.
The women don't initially take to each other, and at the start of the story I didn't feel particularly warm towards any of them either. However, in the same way that Jade takes them from indifference and dislike, through tentative friendships on towards trust and genuine affection, the author worked a similar magic on me.
Although this is a story about intimacy, this element is tastefully handled through the use of humour and the avoidance of explicit description. There is a satisfying plot twist. I was on a train when the reveal played out and my reaction drew puzzled glances from my fellow passengers.
Knowing that this was originally written and performed as a stage play, I rather enjoyed picturing the opening and closing scenes on a stage.
The Goddess Workshop is a story of trust and friendship as much as one of finding your inner goddess. I'd like to thank the author for sending me a review copy
So they decide to attend a workshop, a goddess workshop and here our ladies meet for the first time. At first they do not get on but after they each share personal things in class they connect and become friends, much to each of their surprise.
Each of the characters has something to overcome in their lives before they can embrace and become in tune with their inner goddess and reinvent themselves into the women they want to be.
This is a great story that at times had me laughing out loud it really is a good comedy read. The workshop scenes are no place if you are a little prudish and are a little cheeky at times. But also there is a serious side to the book as one of the characters is dealing with a family tragedy and there are serious issues in the other women's lives too that are going on too.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was a good fun read and I will look forward to reading some more books by the same author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a woman or a man you will benefit from reading this beautiful, heartwarming laugh-out-loud-loads-of-times story that reminds us just how connected we all are even though... Read morePublished on 31 May 2014 by Donna O'hare
This book made me laugh out loud, and I missed my bus stop when reading it on the way home from work. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Sharon
Margaret Johnson has taken an unlikely group of four women, thrown them together in a workshop designed to help them explore their sensual sides and has come up with a wise and... Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2014 by AMB
This was a suggested read by someone in our book club and I was a bit dubious at first because I thought it might be one of those 'Does my bum look big in this? Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2014 by sarah
Nice easy reading, I could relax and read this book without having to think too much about what going on.Published on 12 Dec. 2013 by Ms C E Urquhart
I didn't quite know what to expect when I started reading The Goddess Workshop. The opening paragraphs were not what I expected at all until it all became clear that this was a... Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2013 by Linda Parkinson-Hardman
I loved this book from page 1, it was an enthralling read, you just wanted to know what happened next, how the characters developed - the twists and turns along the way- I couldn't... Read morePublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by Sarah Daniels
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