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Reviewed by Kris Moger for Readers' Favorite
Branches From The Same Tree: Whether Broken or Reaching by Marlo Ettien is breathtaking; literally. As I read every page, I found myself holding my breath. This is the story of a young girl moving into adulthood, but Passion’s journey is nothing like Sixteen Candles or Pretty In Pink. This is the raw, burning excursion distorted by hatred, judgment, anger, and ugly pain. Yet, throughout it all there is such understanding that the sorrow is buffered by strength and hope.
Marlo Ettien writes Branches From The Same Tree: Whether Broken or Reaching with such poetic beauty it almost breaks the heart. As she goes through Passion’s early life, she remembers the good with the bad in almost every person with shocking honesty, creating a dizzying emotional ride. The way Passion grows to step outside of her childhood and view the root pain of her family without judgment is inspiring. As she craves love, she learns to see what true love is and realizes she is not bound by the actions of others. She sees the true gift of family is not in what we give or leave each other materially, but what we instill in each other’s hearts and souls.
I recommend this book to everyone with an open mind and an open heart who is willing to journey through the pain and joy of a family torn to pieces. This goes beyond a good read. Branches From The Same Tree: Whether Broken or Reaching is a story that has delved into my own heart and inspired healing.