A Season of Disruption - Book Review


A twist of fate leaves Murna Moreland, a young Jamaican homemaker widowed with five children. Without the means to provide for her family, she makes a seemingly unimaginable choice. She leaves her children in hopes of finding a better life in the United States.

With no mother or father present, fifteen-year-old Hope must courageously guide her four younger siblings as they care for themselves and each other. Each day, the children strive with one goal in mind - quickly joining their mother.

Time passes, and Murna's dream to reunite her family grows bleaks. Unwilling to give up, she conceives and undertakes an unlikely plan. The stakes were high. If her plan failed, she would remain separated from her family or lose the opportunity to give her children a better life.

Read this heartfelt and captivating story of love and determination paying homage to the immigrant experience of generations of Caribbean women and their perseverance to overcome obstacles that often leave families broken and estranged.


'A Season of Disruption' by Jacqueline P. Walker is an amazing true story of perseverance and a woman's determination to secure a better and more promising future for her family. It was inspiring to read about Murna's resilience as she hustled to make ends meet and provide for her family, especially having unexpectedly lost the patriarch of the family, her husband and her children's father. She did everything within her power, including courageously coming up with a fake return plan to Jamaica so her employer at the time could release her passport. I also really liked how the epilogue gave current updates (as at the time of publication) about each family member.

One thing I would have liked more is a better arrangement of the narration. I would have liked for each chapter to have had at least one pivotal, epiphanic moment or lesson to pull from. It read more like a diary than a memoir or biography, so I think I'd have enjoyed it more if there had been more creativity to the writing style.

Overall it was a really good and inspiring read! Thank you to the author Jacqueline Walker for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. I truly enjoyed it!

ᴍʏ ʀᴀᴛɪɴɢ: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
ɢᴇɴʀᴇ &ᴛʜᴇᴍᴇꜱ: Biography, immigration, family, love
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