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Fatherless, and abandoned by her mother, young Rowna is left with her maternal grandparents in Jamaica with nothing to her name. Grandma Pearle is the poverty-stricken but kindly soul who raises Rowna and she has big plans for her granddaughter from day one. Rowna's life isn't easy, though. Growing up in Kingston means a childhood full of ups and downs. Emotionally traumatized from being abandoned, her darkest hours would be enough to lead any ordinary girl down the wrong path as she grows older. But her beloved grandma has instilled discipline, love, ambition and a strong moral compass into this young Jamaican girl. And she works incredibly hard for her academic success. Will this be enough for Rowna to escape a life of poverty? Will she create her own rags-to-riches? Or will she succumb to the poverty default mode, like many other Kingston girls have? Discover the reality of barrel children who are left in their grandparents' care while mothers migrate to a foreign country to find a better quality of life. Find out what it's like for the mothers who achieve great things while missing out on their children, and feel the disappointment of those mothers whose time in searching has been wasted, because of lies and deception. This emotional rollercoaster of a read will keep you captivated from start to finish.