The Undiscovered Goddess

The Undiscovered Goddess

by Michelle Colston

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ISBN-13: 9780985323905
Publisher: Michelle Colston
Publication date: 08/13/2012
Series: The Undiscovered GoddessXLED WRONG ISBN Series
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Michelle Colston, mother, award-winning author and all around American neurotic. What first began as a hobby, writing irreverent jokes and "Get to Know Your Friend" emails, has developed into a full-fledged vocation. Michelle draws inspiration from the simple experiences of day-today life such as; womanhood, friendship, wrangling a family and a writing career - all while trying to refrain from using the F-word excessively. She is the author of the award winning, debut novel, "The Undiscovered Goddess." To learn more, visit Michelle at www.michellecolston.com.

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The Undiscovered Goddess 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite We've all been there. We've all had one too many glasses of wine, and decided that a Cosmo quiz will give us the definitive answer about where we should be in our life (whether in our love life, professional life, or just in general...life) and this catalyzes one of many existential dilemmas and quarter and mid-life crises. This is the case for poor Holly, mother of three, and now explorer for the lost case of her inner goddess. The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston is very smart, funny, and lifelike almost to a painful degree. This is the book of the summer for all of you going on vacation or just hanging out by the pool. As a character, Holly is NOT someone you really like at the beginning of the book. That's okay...she really doesn't like herself either. Thus starts her journey into self-discovery and, as she grows on herself, she grows on you too until you're cheering her on and hoping she finds herself and a fulfilling life. This book was both lighthearted and deeply emotional at the same time. It was funny, without taking itself too seriously but still imparting great messages and a deeper meaning than just surface stuff. I greatly enjoyed reading it and Michelle Colston has a light and entertaining voice within her writing to make you want to come back again and again. The Undiscovered Goddess is a fun dash through the life of a housewife on the edge and is a great summer read.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cee-Jay Aurinko for Readers' Favorite The Undiscovered Goddess is a women’s fiction novel by Michelle Colston. Like a blind bat, Holly started 2010 without having made any New Year’s resolutions to keep or goals to achieve. She only knew that the year was going to be a good one. Holly is a wife to a just promoted husband, and a mother of three children. She is gung-ho about magazine quizzes and horoscopes. When a Cosmopolitan quiz tells her something about herself that she doesn’t like, she can’t believe it. How can she be “Stylish but Shallow”? The Cosmopolitan ends up in a recycle bin, but the damage has already been done. In May of that same year, Holly buys a workbook called Discover Your Inner Goddess!, and through it she begins a journey towards a happier, healthier, and world changing self. One thing that is sure to make readers fall in love with this book is Colston’s incredible sense of humor. At times the comedy might feel a bit overused; at others it might cause sudden explosions of laughter. All funniness aside, Colston creates a realistic suburban wife and mother in Holly. As an unvarying procrastinator, Holly tends to put the tasks given to her by the author of the workbook aside for a later time. Readers get to read the workbook along with Holly, one lesson at a time, which allows readers to follow Holly through her journal entries as she evolves throughout her journey. Like an actual person, Holly sometimes finds the lessons in the workbook difficult and confusing, but she always figures it out in the end. It is fiction, but it feels incredibly real.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cee-Jay Aurinko for Readers' Favorite The Undiscovered Goddess is a women’s fiction novel by Michelle Colston. Like a blind bat, Holly started 2010 without having made any New Year’s resolutions to keep or goals to achieve. She only knew that the year was going to be a good one. Holly is a wife to a just promoted husband, and a mother of three children. She is gung-ho about magazine quizzes and horoscopes. When a Cosmopolitan quiz tells her something about herself that she doesn’t like, she can’t believe it. How can she be “Stylish but Shallow”? The Cosmopolitan ends up in a recycle bin, but the damage has already been done. In May of that same year, Holly buys a workbook called Discover Your Inner Goddess!, and through it she begins a journey towards a happier, healthier, and world changing self. One thing that is sure to make readers fall in love with this book is Colston’s incredible sense of humor. At times the comedy might feel a bit overused; at others it might cause sudden explosions of laughter. All funniness aside, Colston creates a realistic suburban wife and mother in Holly. As an unvarying procrastinator, Holly tends to put the tasks given to her by the author of the workbook aside for a later time. Readers get to read the workbook along with Holly, one lesson at a time, which allows readers to follow Holly through her journal entries as she evolves throughout her journey. Like an actual person, Holly sometimes finds the lessons in the workbook difficult and confusing, but she always figures it out in the end. It is fiction, but it feels incredibly real.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite When stay-at-home mother Holly exhausts a seemingly never-ending collection of self-help manuals, she is content to spend her days indulging in long, gossipy, alcohol-infused lunches with her gang of gal pal friends. Every day brings the same challenges and anticlimactic events. That is until she discovers a new challenge. This one makes little to no sense to her, but she is intrigued with the candid ridiculousness of it all. Holly’s quest to find her inner goddess becomes an obsession. One that takes her directly out of her comfort zone while simultaneously offering an irresistible challenge. After committing to a year-long workbook activity of releasing herself from the hold of a rather decadent and shallow lifestyle, Holly follows the rules of the Goddess handbook to reach the surprising and unexpected satisfaction of being a woman of substance. As the main character in Michelle Colston’s novel, The Undiscovered Goddess, journeys to discover the person she is meant to be, this reviewer greedily devoured each and every word. It is rare to find a story that so completely encompasses all of the positive qualities of the perfect read. Colston’s dialogue is funny, blatantly raw, and unabashedly honest. This is a novel to be read and read again, and to be shared with every woman in search of the key to self-happiness. I love, love, love this book. It hits so many key elements in every woman's spiritual journey. I look forward to purchasing multiple copies to share with the many undiscovered goddesses in my life. I can see myself working through the “workbook” in my own attempt at personal acceptance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun and absolutely funny! This is a must read for anyone looking to improve her life and find her inner goddess.Fun and absolutely funny! This is a must read for anyone looking to improve her life and find her inner goddess.Fun and absolutely funny! This is a must read for anyone looking to improve her life and find her inner goddess.Fun and absolutely funny! This is a must read for anyone looking to improve her life and find her inner goddess.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I requested and received this book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review, which I am happy to provide. This story is told primarily through the daily journal of a woman responding to a self-help program, one of many she has undertaken and which she assumes she will fail to complete. She is very funny, in her journal, with her friends and pretty much in most situations; except when she isn't and then she might be eating or drinking herself into forgetfulness. Her humor in those other times is caustic and mean. Now, how she comes to grip with all her "issues" and actually finish her self-help program is the full story of the book. The author has created a great character and developed scenes and situations that are incredibly funny. I felt a big challenge was missing; I kept expecting one. Something where the main character is tested in ways beyond just the steps in the self-help book. The book is funny and a good beach read.
The_Readers_Bar More than 1 year ago
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Holly takes a Cosmo quiz and she does not get the results that she expects even though she takes the quiz several times. She discovers that she is not the great person that she always thought she was. This is very disturbing to her and she begins a mission to change this. During her journey she comes across a workbook that promises to help her unleash her inner goddess. This workbook takes her through a series of exercises that opens her eyes to just who she really is and the goddess that she wants to become. Any woman can easily relate to the things that Holly experiences throughout her journey. I think that this book is inspirational and also very funny.
odilo2 More than 1 year ago
A fun narrative of a neurotic female trying to find her inner self using the self help mode as a guide.   A great gift for my married daughters.
LauriRottmayer More than 1 year ago
OMG how I loved this book! I had read the blurb and it sounded funny and like something I would like to read. A short way into the book, it looked like a self help book and I thought, "Oh no! This isn't what I wanted to read". But then I realized it was a story of Holly going through the self help book. It is HILARIOUS! I was laughing out loud all the way through it. I know my husband thought I was nuts sitting here laughing so hard tears were rolling down my cheeks so I had to read him portions. I guess I thought it would help him to understand that I'm not the only one out there like that. LOL! I totally identified with Holly. As the Libran, middle sister, I found many other similarities and I just loved watching her discover her inner goddess.  I can't recommend this book highly enough. So much fun! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston This novel reads like a personal glimpse into one woman’s journey of self-improvement. To much wine and the result of a Cosmo quiz start Holly’s journey. Her quiz results Stylish but Shallow. She already had a habit of buying self-help books of all types, even when they did not apply herself. While searching for yet another book she stumbles across the workbook titled Discover Your Inner Goddess! A Beginner’s Guide to Getting in Touch with Your True Self. How could she not buy something with a title that intriguing? I loved Holly, she’s was funny and sarcastic and at times she had me laughing out loud. Her personal growth was pretty spectacular. I found myself wanting to bring out pen and paper and journal along with her. In fact I may just go back through the book and do just that. This is Chick Lit at it’s very best. Do yourself a favor and pick this delightful novel by Michelle Colston and enjoy!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous book! I had so much fun reading Michelle’s novel, I am beginning to wonder if I should reread it and discover my own Inner Goddess. As Holly tackles her workbook journal, pondering all aspects of her life, she vows not to quit. The journey is rough, the Bordeaux is calling but Holly is determined to make it through this book. With her sarcastic, dry sense of humor, Holly had me laughing out loud countless times as she honestly answered the questions one-by-one as she unleashes her own Inner Goddess. With a weakness for alcohol and junk food, the exercises become more difficult for Holly to complete, which makes Holly do more soul searching and makes the book more amusing for me. The journey that Holly takes as she records her way through each chapter of the book, is difficult but Holly is determined to succeed. I loved her vigor to trudge through the book when at times all she wanted was a drink in her hand. Three children, a husband and her friends all get brought into the picture as tries to discover who Holly is. As Holly changes, she begins to see the world differently and the book begins to shift. Life becomes different and I loved how the author presented this change. This is truly a fantastic book. I will have to buy a couple copies for my friends, they will love it! Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book. “I enjoyed for the most part, everything I ate until I got to the curry, which is HANDS DOWN the most nuclear effing thing I have EVER put in my mouth.” (Holly having lunch with her yoga friends- expanding her culinary tastes) “life’s journey is thousands of baby steps instead of one giant from A to B. The beginning and the end are not life - Life is the passage between the two.”
KimP65 More than 1 year ago
This book was funny at some points.  It was an interesting and entertaining view into a journey to learn about oneself.
Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
I opened this book and thought, Oh gawdess, the blurb lied to me! This is a self-help book in disguise. Turns out, it's not a self-help book after all, just like the blurb promises. After a quiz in a glossy rag calls Holly shallow, she buys a workbook journal, the book within the book called Discover Your Inner Goddess, and actually does the prescribed exercises. I hated Holly at the beginning of the story. She's neurotic and sardonic bordering on phlegmatic about a relatively easy (normal) life that would delight many people. As Holly works through the workbook, her confidence grows. Her sarcasm becomes humorous. Her story is motivational in a way that most self-help books never are - we, the readers, watch the changes that could happen, if only we make up our minds to pursue them. Hand to Divinity, at one point, I scared my dog out of sleep when I almost snorted water from my nose laughing at Holly's experience with a cleansing diet (bathroom humor for girls)! Somewhere in the middle of the story (probably during the self-cleansing diet), I fell in love with Holly. She's someone that could be a friend (if only she was real). I snagged a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for review. The NetGalley free-edition has many typographical formatting errors that I hope are fixed in other (paid-for) digital editions.