The Descendants meets Single White Female in this captivating novel about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful.
When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana's hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she's ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her.
A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers.
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
It’s a rarity to find a true friend. You’re lucky if you have one you can call a friend. Nancy Murphy had a pretty decent life. And by that, I mean, it was mundane and boring. Her husband Chuck worked for Costco as a manager and pulled a nice salary. Nancy and Chuck needed a break from the norm. Unfortunately, Chuck made a break of the worst kind. He had an affair on his wife and both he and Nancy needed to have a fresh start.
So, Chuck moved his family from San Diego to Kona, Hawaii. What better place to start fresh than in the beautiful paradise of Hawaii. How could anyone stay mad in a place that was heaven on earth? Chuck was lucky that his company had a branch in Kona, so he could resume his work there. But Nancy, on the other hand, still wasn’t happy. She was trying to get her life back on track and struggling to trust her cheating husband.
Her twin sons, Jed and Cam, were in high school and doing their own thing, so Nancy had to discover hers. She joined a yoga class and met some eclectic personalities—one, Ana (pronounced On-Ah). Nancy couldn’t believe her luck. Ana was all the things she wanted in a friend, not to mention, all she wanted to be. The two of them became fast friends doing everything together. There was only one problem. Ana was dying.
Yes, Ana was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and only had so much time to live. Talk about luck, if it wasn’t for bad luck, poor Nancy wouldn’t have any. The one person who finally got her was going to be ripped away—to leave only her memories on Nancy’s aching heart. Their friendship grew so quickly, she soon began forgetting about her responsibilities at home. Jed and Cam had to fend for themselves, and Chuck, oh…who was that again? Yes, Nancy was having the time of her life with Ana.
Soon Nancy and Chuck were back at their crossroads, once again, and neither of them were doing anything to help save their failing marriage. In fact, Chuck began to get jealous of the relationship his wife shared with Ana. And that, readers, is where all the fun begins. When you think about people you know, and I’m not talking about just knowing of a person, but truly knowing a person, do you believe what that individual is showing you? At the end of the day, all you have is a person’s word.
When you have a bestie, there’s not much you wouldn’t do for them, right?
As you delve into Nancy and Ana’s relationship, it will make you examine your own relationships with people who are close to you. How much are you willing to do for another? How much love is too much love? Is there a such thing? Oh yes, this book raises many questions and challenges to the reader and I absolutely fell in love with this story.
OMG, Huntley wrote the hell out of this book! She takes you down so many paths, you’re not quite sure which road you’re on and when you get to the end, oh my! In the description of this book, I noticed it mentioned Single White Female and I thought of that while reading, but, I must say it had an entirely different vibe than SWF. I can’t say anymore without revealing what happens, but this was one dynamic story. It’s well written and a page turner. You will not get enough of this story.
Outstanding read and quite entertaining. This would be a great book to take on vacation and get lost in Nancy and Ana. Wow, just amazing! I couldn’t get enough. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I’m a fan. She takes an old subject and gave it new life! This was a hot read for sure! You will most definitely get mind blown with this book!