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|Download Kindle â Olga: A Daughter's Tale È Olga A Daughter s Tale is a story about heritage, identity, and belonging It s one family s experiences of hardship, discrimination and love Set in Jamaica and London between the years of 1900 and post war England, the reader is taken on a journey with one family through history and cultural change.Written with diary entries and letters, Olga A Daughter s Tale is based on a true story about cruelty, revenge and jealousy inflicted on an innocent young woman and about her moral courage, dignity, resilience and, in particular, love It is the story of a remarkable woman who because of circumstances made a choice which resulted in her losing contact with her beloved family in Jamaica That is, until nearly half a century later, when her past caught up with her. Hiding your life from your family.It was interesting to learn about the author s mother growing up in Jamica and her difficult life in England during WWII I had some difficulty keeping the people straight. Family history diariesWhat a beautifully put together book A fascinating read with plenty of history to unravel Thank you for sharing your families story.
When author Marie Therese Browne sent me a mail asking if I would be interested to review her book Olga A Daughter s Tale in India, the word she used to describe the genre of her book was family saga And that is exactly what got my bookworm spirit really excited Marie self published the book in 2007 for close family and friends, but it was not until the year 2010 that she thought of starting to market the book The book is based on real events, chronicling the life of Olga, a young coloured girl, who went to London in 1939 for only a few months, but who could never return back to her family back in Kingston due to world events, tragedy and victimisation.The beauty of Olga A Daughter s Tale, is that it draws from real events and news The author has done a thorough research and the same is evident in her use of real newspaper cuttings, dating as back as the year 1900, she has used real ads that were used in those days, giving us a real glimpse into the situation of coloured and black people at a time when slavery had just been abolished or was being abolished The dates, the years, are all well researched and genuine.The story of Olga begins way before Olga will be introduced to the reader, the intention being to give us a complete understanding of the history and background of the events that are to take place as Olga will be introduced later The characters are well drawn and etched in our minds for a long time As you turn the pages, the events keep unfolding in front of your eyes, almost as if you have been transported to a different time and world altogether and are viewing everything in person The book also shares old BW photographs that help us understand the times and circumstances better.What I really loved about the book was that though it has been written by a person from the other side of the globe, and the characters, as well as the story, is based in a part of the world that I have never been in, it was really easy for me to identify with the characters and settings For all you readers here in India, this book is really a wonderful read, especially as it also gives a very detailed glimpse into the life, cultures and traditions of a race and people that we may not have experienced in person, but will love once we get to know them.The writing style is flowing and easy to read through quickly One very interesting thing I noticed in the book is the voice of the book Marie has used diary entries to tell us of all the events that happened..check out about her style of writing in the interview I am going to do with her.The book is filled with character and memories The pages are made beautiful with sketches, diary entries, old newspaper advertisements and cut outs No of pages 267My verdict Must Read What an amazing story This book starts with Lucy Sinclair, a young wife who moves from England to Jamaica with her husband Her sisters soon follow, and younger sister Becky soon creates a bit of a scandal by marrying a black man Becky has 11 children, and this is where Olga s story begins Olga is a sweet girl who always wants to be good, but she is a bit naive at times Her family goes through their own adventures and scandals Olga goes to England and eventually becomes stranded due to World War II In England she endures the trials and tragedy of war, along with a few personal problems that occur Throughout it all Olga remains remarkably resilient and courageous She is determined to do the best she can at all she does, and she manages to take care of herself even in dire circumstances.Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this book is that it is a true story The story is told through a series of letters, newspaper clippings, and diary entries I found this to be a marvelous way to get into the different character s personalities I enjoyed this way of telling the story I found it to be an effective way to tell everything that happened without unnecessary amounts of long exposition There were many topics of great interest to me Olga s life was made much difficult by the racism she faced in Jamaica and England Another very interesting part to me were the descriptions of life in London during the war You get a feel for how frightening it must have been to try and go on with your life while bombs were falling.I enjoyed this book so much, and it really makes me want to go look into my family history While I may not have relatives with a life as exciting as Olga s, I certainly think there are stories of interest to me This book was very interesting and quick to read It shows the good and bad parts of what happened to a family, and Olga persevered through it all Olga is a remarkable woman, and I m glad that I got to read her story.Book provided by author for review.