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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Life is full of obstacles, unexpected and often unwanted twists and turns of fate. When Murna Moreland’s husband dies suddenly and tragically, Murna is left with five children to raise on her own. She makes a difficult decision that no mother should ever have to make - to leave her children behind in Jamaica while she seeks a better life for them all in the United States. With the eldest, Hope, at fifteen, left in charge, the family struggles to survive, maintaining hope that the family will once again be reunited. It’s a lengthy journey in many ways with Murna’s new life confronting one delay after another until finally, the family is together once again.
Jacqueline P. Walker’s creative nonfiction memoir, A Season of Disruption, is an engaging and often heart-wrenching story of one Jamaican family and the strong ties that forever bind them together. The narrative is shared in the first person, as the author, the youngest of the Moreland children, tells the story from her perspective as the events unravel. Told as a story, which every life is, the author weaves an account full of courage, love, resilience, and steadfast family loyalty. The underlying thread that pushes this story forward is the pain of losing a loved one, the family breadwinner, and the agony of pulling a family apart. Life is all about survival and overcoming the obstacles put in our paths. The Moreland family clearly demonstrates their dedication and commitment to one another and the family unit as a whole. A Season of Disruption is a powerful story that will touch the hearts of all who read it.