Leslie Flynn, a widow who moves to rural Nevada after her husband dies, has a mystical experience through which she is given three mandates by God, setting into motion a series of events that plummet her into the worlds of the Native American casino industry, a high tech business magnate, and the Vatican hierarchy. Leslies experience begins when her duties as a travel writer take her to Bishop, California, to visit the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Trees, the oldest living things on Earth. She is drawn to the Matriarch, the largest of the Bristlecones alive today. As she approaches the tree, she is aware that she is on holy ground. She is drawn into the tree where she traces her entire matriarchal lineage, witnesses the strength and power of her ancestors and develops a great appreciation for the gifts she has received from each of them.

What Readers are Saying:

"The Matriarch—A Must Read!

Linda Lysakowski is known in international and national fundraising circles as “an expert.” She holds the highest accreditation of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) which there are only 110 in North America.

This first entry of Linda’s into fiction is astounding! She tells a griping story that makes the book difficult to stop reading. Her interplay between the Catholic faith and Native American lore is beautifully woven. At the end of the book, you will never look at a tree in the same way again. I recommend reading The Matriarch now!"


"A riveting spiritual tale of business, intrigue, and... joy reborn in surrender to the divine path.

This beautiful tree story has many branches entwined around a central core that compelled me to read, until I knew all of the secrets it had to tell. The feeling of joy permeated my encounters with the characters in this book.Ithas had a bonus effect of enhancing my own spiritual renaissance. A happy heart read, especially for women of faith."

- Janet