Monday, March 17, 2014

The Goddess Letters by Vicki Matthews

From Amazon(image and blurb):
The dreams hold Selena prisoner. Without warning they carry her to bloody battles, a chat with Socrates, or the gardens of an ancient goddess who reveals the truth of women's betrayal. Then Selena is returned to her bed where it often takes days to recover.

The blessing in Selena's life is Rob. He has loved her since their college days in Chicago, yet even he isn't sure if his outspoken girlfriend is crazy, some kind of prophet, or an idiosyncratic mixture of both. But before Rob can decide, the dreams create chaos and he soon finds himself married to Becca in Chicago, while Selena lives in LA, now a popular actress. All Rob has left is an occasional exchange of letters with his lost love.

Years later, Selena and Robs lives collide when the dreams reunite them in horrifying nightmares controlled by Jacobi, who will kill to maintain the patriarchal world he helped create. But Selena has learned a staggering truth that could help women claim cultural equality, and despite Jacobi's potent threats, she considers sharing all she knows. Yet can one woman make a difference in a world on the edge?

The Goddess Letters is a tale of love and cultural crisis that celebrates heroes and unlikely visionaries. A testament to passion of all kinds, it honors those who have the courage to fight for the old, be it love, beliefs, or entire civilizations.

I was approached to read and review The Goddess Letters, the story line caught my attention so I agreed.  I found the book to be alright.  It can be controversial at points depending on your views and for me at points the story seemed to move slow.

I will say that I did like Selena's letters and dreams.  They fascinated me and kept my interest and allowed me to finish the book when it started to move slow.  The fact that they dreams were so realistic and even left marks was a great draw, especially since the dreams were real but maybe in an alternate plane.  I also enjoyed that Rob would have them as well towards the end of the book.

The overall aspect of the book is interesting with dealing with creating a balance between a matriarch and patriarch society.  The controversy is that Christianity is called out, and while I am a believer, I do not feel that reading this damages my views in anyway.  It is a work of fiction and I take it as such, just as I do other books that may be seen as heresy.

It is interesting to skim briefly over history and see some matriarchal societies that did flourish at one time.  I know from studying anthropology in school that is how most societies started out, and those that are still a hunter/gatherer society still operate.  It shows that women can be lead without becoming something or someone else.

Overall I thought the book was OK, not one of my favorites but it wasn't bad either.

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