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A Journey For Perlene - Jumping out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire

Sherene Rutherford

The heartwarming story of three barrel children from Jamaica who were reunited with their mother in England. 


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ISBN : 978-1-78830-273-9
Published : 31/01/2019
Pages : 87
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Sherene Rutherford

As a barrel child, born in Kingston, Jamaica, I left in 1981 to join my mother in England at age thirteen. I am the eldest child of six siblings. I attended Tivoli Gardens High School in Jamaica and lived in Kingston 11. I attended Brondesbury and Kilburn High School in London and later graduated with an honours degree in Finance and Accounting at the Thames Valley University (Ealing Campus). I am a mother of four children, the youngest in his final year at high school. There were challenges to face in a new country of residence and the journey had many ups and downs. However, my own story is different as I saw my mother leave to make life better for her girls and as promised, though after five years which seemed like a lifetime (for a child), she kept her promise. Life is not easy but where failure is not an option you will make it. I can only continue to aspire to my purpose and pray at the end I will have accomplished all my goals.


About Book

‘Perlene can remember vaguely that her childhood was happy whilst her mother resided in Jamaica but then she left to join her sick mother in England with the promise to Perlene and her two sisters to be reunited with her in the near future.'

The heartwarming story of three barrel children from Jamaica who were reunited with their mother in England. 
Antoinette, who made a good life for herself. 
Camille, who found it difficult to free herself of her childhood demons. 
And Perlene, a true survivor with a fighting instinct which ensured that she never gave up when life got extremely tough. 
Despite the dark themes of abuse, suicide and divorce, this story is an uplifting one, full of love, determination, faith and forgiveness alongside hopes and dreams for the future.

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