Monday, 18 February 2013

Olga - A Daughter's Tale by Marie Campbell

Review by The Mole

This book is 'self published' and only available as a hardback from one site and as a kindle from Amazon. This can put people off - and the synopsis on the hardback site would not have me buying it but the Amazon synopsis is a much more accurate one:-

"A new author's first book written as the result of genealogical research into her mother's past and her family. Based on a true story 'Olga - A Daughter's Tale' is a family saga about love, heritage, culture, identity and belonging with an epic feel - from Jamaica to England amidst World War II.

Written in the form of diary entries and letters, it is about the cruelty, revenge and jealousy inflicted on an innocent young woman and about her moral courage, dignity, resilience and, in particular, love."


But the story doesn't just show that, it includes external events that affect the family. It is told extremely well and kept me reading despite the fact that my copy was not well formatted, nor did it contain the kind of introduction that can be read in the 'look inside' on Amazon.

We all THINK our family history is fascinating but this one is - and it's told in a riveting way that will keep you reading. I felt, though, that the end was a bit rushed and would have liked more about Marie's growing up with her mother - but maybe that became just too personal?

I like biographical stories - even when fictionalised in this way - and this is one of the best I have read in quite a while.

Publisher - Self published
Genre - Fictionalised Biography

The paperback version can be purchased here:- http://www.lulu.com/mariecampbell
and the Kindle version from here Olga - A Daughter's Tale at Amazon

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