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Marlo Ettien’s book chronicles healing and rebuilding of not only one life, but the life of a whole lineage. Anger and pain ripen into wisdom and hope. Ugliness is overcome by inner beauty. What is great about the book is the spirit of strength and warmth in the middle of suffering. The triumph overshadows the pain, so the book is upbeat and not depressing. The book has SPIRIT on each page…GOOD BOOK.

Dr. Barbara D. Massey
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Emerita
Chatham University

Branches of the Same Tree Whether Broken or Reaching is an inspiration yet thought provoking portrayal of real life events that takes place with families on a daily basis. A true grit novel that will raise awareness and enlighten individuals to become responsible, attentive, loving and honorable. A novel that will stimulate others to be an heirloom in the lives of others.

Falese Green
SGN, Consulting and Development

Marlo Ettien’s short novel, “Branches from the Same Tree: Whether Broken or Reaching,” pulls the reader in and through, from page to page, vignette to vignette. This chronicle of a struggling family depicts spiritual growth as the attainment of compassion and understanding and the courage to heal psychological scars. The author has a gifted way with words.

Stephanie Siegel,