Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: "The Undiscovered Goddess" by Michelle Colston

Who knew a Cosmo quiz and a bottle of wine could change a woman’s life? Holly, housewife and frazzled mother of three, is determined to discredit the lackluster result of a Cosmo personality quiz. After buying a workbook geared toward helping her find her inner goddess, Holly sets off on a year of self-discovery, journaling through each uncomfortable exercise as she goes.Facing inner demons, yoga, an explosive colon cleanse and REALLY spicy curry, the lessons are hard on her emotions, not to mention her digestive system. But does she succeed in the end? Beyond the superficial, what important lesson does Holly’s inner goddess have the power to teach her…and what can Holly teach you?

My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

As soon as I finished this book, I automatically thought of several women I know who I could recommend it to.  Women who are in the same stage of life as I am, basically.  I think "The Undiscovered Goddess" will really appeal to women who are living the dream life they imagined as a little girl and realizing it's not exactly how they pictured it.

I laughed my arse off with this one, but it also made me evaluate my own life and some of the bad habits I share with Holly.  
For example, Holly started the book off as a pretty heavy drinker.  I like to indulge a bit on the weekend myself, but when does a little indulgence become a problem?  I started to worry a bit about Holly because, honestly, she seemed like she had a wee drinking problem.  Fortunately, through working chapter by chapter through her "Undiscovered Goddess" workbook, this is one of the areas that Holly is able to address and see the truth of.

Holly also has some body image issues, and honestly, who of us doesn't?  She knows she doesn't always make good choices with her diet, and her fitness level is at a zero, but what's a girl to do?  She's got three kids and a husband to take care of, and friendships to maintain - who's got time for eating right and exercising?  Again, taking a good hard look at her life, Holly realizes that by making self-care a priority, she's not being selfish but is instead able to give more back to her family.  When a mother is happy, everyone is happy!

Anyway, I learned a lot from Holly.  I didn't really like her much to begin with, but by the end she was someone I could picture myself being friends with.  I ended up really loving this book!  Highly recommended!

My rating: 4stars

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