About Marie

‘Olga – A Daughter’s Tale’ is my first book and was written as a result of genealogical research into my mother’s past, her family and their history and culture.   What I discovered filled me with such admiration for my mother, I wanted future generations of my family to know about her.  That’s why I wrote ‘Olga – A Daughter’s Tale’.

In 1994, my mother,  Carmen Browne, was admitted to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton in the UK seriously ill.  As she slowly recovered I realized that had she died so too would the chance of my finding out about her past, her family in Jamaica and, of particular importance to me, who my father was information she had consistently refused to share with me.   So I decided to find out for myself.

My first discovery was that my mother’s real name was Olga Browney, born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and one of eleven children from a close-knit, coloured Catholic family.  A kind, naïve and gentle girl, my mother arrived in London in 1939 and lived with a malevolent, alcoholic aunt, intending to stay for only six months.  However, world events, personal tragedy and malicious intent all combined to prevent her from returning home to Kingston.

Written in the form of 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 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, until nearly half a century later, when her past caught up her.


14 Responses to About Marie

  1. Pingback: The Pieces of Me » Blog Archive » Review: Olga: A Daughter’s Tale by Marie-Thérèse Browne

  2. Linda Gartz says:

    Hi, Marie,
    Sounds like you have a great story here! Thanks for sharing with me on twitter. Hope you become a follower of Family Archaeologist.

  3. Marie, this sounds like a wonderful story. I can’t wait to read.

  4. Alex Cantón says:

    Hello, Marie… I just posted a review in Book Junkies Reviews. Facebook hasn’t confirmed that you are a member of Book Junkies — hope you are. Also posted said review in Amazon, Goodreads, my blog at http://www.terapiacanton.blogspot.com and Quickie Book Reviews. Wonderful story.

    • Hi Alex – Just this minute emailed you about the interview and giveaway. I don’t think I am a member of Book Junkie Reviews – honestly, I can’t keep up with all these different forums:-) I’ll go and register now and maybe you can post your review again when it’s approved.
      Talk soon.

  5. Kevin Myers says:

    A great read…I couldn’t put it down. I had to find out what happened to Olga and Marie. Learned so many thing about Jamaica and London during the war. Fascinating!

  6. Hi Marie, I am about to write a review of your book on my blog and will post it on Twitter and Google Plus. I couldn’t put the book down. So well researched and beautifully written. Your mother’s courage shines throughout the story. Now I want to go to Jamaica!

    • Hi Sharn – I’m really pleased you enjoyed my book. Please let me know when you post the review. I’m going to Banjo Books this weekend and hopefully set up a book signing session – it would be nice to meet you there. Will keep you posted.
      Thanks again

  7. candy hannan says:

    Hi Marie I am your cousin candy Hannan
    aunt dolly is my grandmother
    we are in touch with all the family mostly on Facebook

  8. Hi Marie, I just had an email message that “CityFM” was following me on Twitter and when I went to their profile to check them out I was looking at who else they followed and was immediately drawn to your story. I just ordered the Kindle version and am looking forward to reading it very much! Are you planning on continuing to write now that you have completed “Olga’s Daughter?” congratulations on your wonderful achievement,and thanks for sharing!

  9. I will Marie! Be well!
    Luey ♥

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