5 STARS Opens your heart and soul!, March 7, 2011 By Kim - See all my reviewsThis review is from: The Descendant (Paperback) I couldn't put this book down. Not only was it so interesting to see how ancestors of her past shaped the life she would be born into today, it opens your heart and soul to feel a deep love and compassion for all women. You realize we are all in it together and evey decision we make affects the lives of everyone we know...and don't know. In the end I felt so strong and so passionate about creating the best possible life for myself and the people I love. I haven't experienced what this woman has experienced, but anyone struggling with any type of past no matter what the circumstance, should read this book and recieve the gift that you get, especially at the end!
5 STARS The book is brilliantly written and leaves the reader avidly awaiting the sequel, November 30, 2014 By Dina - See all my reviewsThis review is from: The Descendant (Paperback) Embedded in a page - turner of a plot was a wealth of tantalizing spiritual path information. The story explored the depths of human viciousness born of misery and perpetuating misery, and contained one of the most illuminating views of the "rationalization" process of child abusing parents ever encountered by this social scientist. It is not a story for the faint of heart, but the note of hope on which it ends renews the possibility for faith in the transformative power of spiritual development.
The book is brilliantly written and leaves the reader avidly awaiting the sequel.
5 STARS The Descendant is a "must read!", February 9, 2012 By mmd (Windham, NH United States) - See all my reviewsThis review is from: The Descendant (Paperback) I loved reading The Descendant. Masheri masterfully weaves stories of generations of deeply entrenched family patterns throughout each of chapter of The Descendant.
As I turned each page I wondered how the patterns would continue to reveal themselves and who would be strong enough to change them.
There is something in this book for everyone. We all have families and our families are a microcosm of the world, whether we recognize it or not.
Each of us has the ability to change ... to change ourselves and to stop the continuation of any unworthy, destructive, abusive or otherwise unhealthy patterns that manifest in our daily lives.
As Masheri says, the truth is within. And it is. This is what each of our lives is about ... discovering our authentic self and living the truth. Once you do this, life becomes more joyful.
Sunday, August 9, 2009 THE DESCENDANT a novel by Masheri Chappelle The Descendant
The Descendant is book one of a trilogy of novels that chronicle the life of Penny, a present day intuitive and healer, whose life journey is to break a cycle of abuse that has plagued generations of women of her family. Much of the book one is told from the perspective of her unborn soul as Penny watches over three generations of women who will become her ancestors once she is born. Bound by her spiritual ethics and faith she can only pray and watch in her ancestors’ midst as they struggle in their search for love and independence. However once she is born, the very women she watched over and prayed for, will, out of jealousy, seek to dominate and control her.
A battle for truth begins that jeopardizes Penny’s ability to achieve the gift of freedom and independence she was born to deliver.
Review of Colleen Couvillon Gough
The Descendant is a saga based on true events based on the experience of the Author. With her unique and intricate narrative style, you will find that Chappelle has constructed an interesting and engaging story, one that you may find you relate to on several levels.
Though you have to keep your mind alert with the many characters story in this book, it is truly awesome the way the author ties them all together. To read a story where one sees into their future before you are even born is a different twist from any story I have read.
I found this book to be SPELL BOUNDING, ALMOST HISTORIC, and kept you wanting more. I found this story had a magic to it.
Colleen Couvillon Gough
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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74146 Posted by Colleen Gough at 10:22 AM
The 8 Women Dream Project 2009
One accomplishment this past week I can share, and recommend, is the book “The Descendant” by Masheri Chappelle. It was sent to 8 Women Dream from Itasca Books in an Advance Readers Edition – something I have never seen before.
I agreed to be the first to read it.
I have to say I had a slight reservation in starting this book. I think it was a synopsis on the back jacket that gave me pause. I have some disbelief regarding past life experiences. I totally believe that we come back, just not that we can remember. I bit my tongue and opened the book to a truly enticing story of several generations of women who suffered quite a bit through the years.
The story was upsetting at times, mainly due to the crap that history shows us is true in the treatment of slaves and the integration of African-Americans into society that amazingly still has issues. I was captured by the strength and weaknesses of the characters, and found myself rooting for them to succeed in whatever way they could. I do recommend it as a great read that had just a touch of the supernatural – enough for me to deal with.
Even when your world rocks, you can get back on a roll – Heather
This is an amazing read. I loved it from beginning to end!" L. Pavlou, Seattle, WA.
“This has been a hectic week for me, but I have been reading it every chance I get. I love it! In fact, I get very annoyed when a part of my real life takes me away from it. I am only about half way through because although I generally read quickly, with this book I want to savor each word! G.Weeks-Newburyport, MA.
“This novel is more than a story about overcoming abuse, it is about restoring the spiritual connection between women, between generations of women!” Grace B. Boston MA.
THE DESCENDANT has the power of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD. The power, depth and breath the way Zora Neale Hurton wrote is accomplished in Ms. Chappelle’s writing style. This book makes me stop and look inward, to reflect on how I got to where I am. This book has shown me that when the lights go out, anger and fear set in.” C. Gregory Stafford, VA