5-Star Reviews for Zipacna’s Legacy by Cindy Davis
November 12, 2020
A thought-provoking story of a young woman who listens to an inner voice and travels through her journey of self-awareness.
Jade French is baffled when she inherits her grandfather Zipacna’s home in Chi’país, Mexico. She’s neither seen nor heard from him in twenty-five years. If he hadn’t cared enough to keep in touch, what kind of place could it be? And why didn’t he leave it to her father?
Friend Mari urges her to at least check things out. Jade argues that a trip to Mexico is out of the question right now. She’s too busy climbing the corporate ladder. Mari persists.
No surprise: she didn’t inherit a home; it’s a rundown hotel. Big surprise: she decides to stay.
More surprises are in store:
Why will no carpenter take on the restoration project?
Who is trying to scare her away?
What is the strange energy emanating from the ginormous rock in the backyard?
How did her severely broken ankle heal overnight?
One thing does become clear, and it holds more of a mystery than the mountain of questions. The hotel is actually a school for advanced spiritual training. What! Why would Zipacna leave this to her? She has zero knowledge of the topic.
Enter eight-year-old Miguel. Through his spiritual connection to Zipacna, he helps awaken a shocking asset: Jade’s seer and healing ability, which, through Grandfather’s lofty stack of journals, she comes to realize she had all along.
A secret room imparts the knowledge she needs to embrace her spirituality and find a way to bring it to the world. She comes to terms with her legacy, repairs relationships thought long lost, and reopens the school.
Review by Linda Pirtle:
As a young child, Jade French visited her grandfather Zipacna in Mexico and drew a picture of a building and its grounds.
Little did she know that her grandfather would ultimately buy a piece of property that exactly portrayed her imagination.
Was it merely her imagination?
Did five-year-old Jade have the ability to foresee the future?
Did she understand her ability to see a person’s aura was a special gift? How did she acquire this gift?
Or was it in her DNA?
At the age of thirty, Jade French inherited all that Zipacna owned — his home and all his property.
As Cindy Davis developed the plot in her unique novel, Jade learned that she inherited more than just physical property. Her Shaman grandfather through his Last Will and Testament launched Jade on a life-changing journey.
I highly recommend this book.
Review by RoxB:
Author Cindy Davis creates a thought-provoking story of a young woman who listens to an inner voice and travels through her journey of self-awareness. Jade gives up her transitional, successful job, and friends to move to Mexico when her grandfather leaves his property and an unknown legacy to her. The setting, visions, and mystical traces of shamanistic wisdom reminds readers that we each can find our soul’s purpose.
In this small town, Jade finds herself immediately open to new discoveries and spiritual guidance that are difficult to label as real or imagined. She finds herself unsettled but determined to push forward.
The writing is crisp and clean, carrying the reader along with Jade when she meets the locals, who share their knowledge of her grandfather. Then, it will keep you turning the page until the end.
“He leaned toward her. “May I?” He gestured toward her face.
He grasped the leather strap around her neck and inched the pendant from inside the shirt, then fingered the feathers at the end. He nodded as if it was just as expected.
“Grandfather gave it to me when I was five. I’ve always treasured it.”
“Those stones are jade, as you probably know. Between them are two quetzal feathers.”
She repeated the strange word.
“A quetzal, in conjunction with the snake god Quetzalcoatl—the most popular god, by the way—is seen as a symbol for goodness and light. I think that describes you to a T. You will be a godsend to us.”
“Thank you.” A godsend? Us? Gosh, what was going on here? Best to continue to let him talk and possibly divulge more.
“I guess you’re curious why I’m here.”
Jade gave a small laugh. “I didn’t think you came to sample the hardness of my ice cubes. Or check out my choice of paint colors.” She held up the pendant. “Or verify this.”
As the novel unfolds, the author shares her thoughts and convictions on the individual growth of a person’s extended awareness. Jade discovers her path as revealed by the spirit of Zipacna, her grandfather. It makes one pause to reflect on how an open-minded person can increase awareness beyond the physical plains of life.
Clearly, a great deal of research was done in creating this story, but it’s not a textbook read. Much like Don Quixote, this is a delightful read that compels you to enjoy the path of self-awareness. I highly recommend this book to those who like to think beyond familiar themes. It illustrates other cultures and belief systems in a thoroughly entertaining manner.
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