Goddesses in the modern world are burnt out, exhausted, and in need of a break. Worse, many have joined the ranks of the forgotten and disremembered.
Habonde Barleywine trusts she has a solution. Problem is, this goddess of the hearth has lost her temples, her acolytes, and many of her key memories. How is she going to persuade sistren like Demeter, Persephone, and Brigit to support her grand ambition, when she needs to put her own house in order?
Baubo, goddess of mirth and Habonde's BFF, offers support in her own bawdy way. But things get complicated when Hades shows up in need of a favor and Zeus's ego is threatened.
Over the centuries, Habonde's dalliances with dryads, naiads, and other immortals have kept her entertained. However, no one has ever captured her heart. Her unfinished business with the Woodsman—who seems to remember every moment of their shared past—could be the key to her undoing.
Author note: The Goddess & the Woodsman is a contemporary adult fantasy set in the modern world. The characters within these pages were inspired by figures from Greek, Irish, and other mythologies. This book contains references to and scenes of trauma involving fire and loss of life; memory loss; explicit sexual intimacy between consenting adults; pregnancy (a minor character).
I continue to enjoy Coralie’s writing and the worlds she creates. This time finding her way back to Goddesses of old, lost in time, and finding their relevance. A fun read and hopefully will be more in the series.
Loved the world building and the different takes on goddesses from Greek mythology
I'm a guy who reads the occasional romance, and the "love interest" in The Goddess & the Woodsman makes me think I should start wearing bronze vambraces and toting a scythe on my back. While there is a second-chance romance happening, this book is more about goddesses and their struggle to be remembered in contemporary times.
The rapport between the main character, Habonde, and her best friend, the ribald Baubo, is wonderful.
I loved the world building and the different takes on goddesses from Greek mythology. Most of all, the relationships feel very "real" and adult.