Jamerican Connection

Jamerican Connection

by Sandra A. Ottey

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Jamerican Connection by Sandra A. Ottey

A shocking, engrossing story about domestic violence, infidelity, and a woman's fight to re-claim her right to decide her own destiny. The pages flare with dramatic twists and turns.

Rose Thorn is a high-school dropout who struggles with her husband's perpetual infidelity, spousal abuse, and his malicious endeavors to keep her subservient by robbing her of her God-given right to decide her own future. As the abuse escalates Rose takes matters into her own hands and makes decisions that sends her flying over international waters to save her and her young daughter's lives. Laverne Fine, a talented cosmetologist, struggles with her doubts regarding her lover's identity and nationality. She grapples with her fears of the reasons why her lover's Brooklyn-based mother is adamant in keeping her son's identity and nationality a secret. Wendy Arnold, a well-respected Brooklyn-based College Professor is crumpling under the stress and strains of her long-distance relationship with her Jamaica-based high school sweetheart, Miles. In the express lane to middle age she wants to marry and bear children. Her lover, Miles also wants to marry Wendy and start a family, but there's one big hurdle: While winging back and forth between Jamaica and America the two had become successful in their respective careers; and neither is willing to uproot.

�Set in Mandeville, Jamaica, and Brooklyn, New York, the storyline deals with issues such as spousal abuse, infidelity, a woman�s right to decide her own destiny, and the stresses and strains of the immigration laws thrust on relationships and family life. But the real reason for writing the story was to inspire high school and college drop-outs to pull themselves up, brush themselves off and get back on track to realize their lives� goals and aspirations.� (Sandra A. Ottey)

About the Author
Sandra A. Ottey was born in Jamaica but has lived most of her adult life in the US. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York, and a Master's degree from Polytechnic University. She currently lives in New York where she's working on her second novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595161584
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/20/2001
Pages: 406
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Jamerican Connection 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was kinda skeptic about the book initially but as i read on i couldn't put the book down. I really and truely recommend this book to all the adults out there looking for  suspense and inspiration from a book.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Rose Thorn opened an envelope addressed to her husband, Donovon. She was shocked to see it was a birthday card from a college student declaring her love for him. To say she is angry would be an understatement. Rose’s suspicions were confirmed; she had given up her dream of an education and career for the two time slug. Determined to keep her family together for the sake of their daughter, she decided to return the envelope to her husband’s lover. Rose confided to her hair dresser, Laverne Fine, her confidant. Laverne tried to talk reason into her best friend; it wasn’t a good idea to confront the young woman. This book is about three women whose lives are interwoven by friendship. The central character is Rose. However, the author developed the secondary characters as well as she did Rose. Laverne desires a visa so she can travel and know what her boyfriend Paul is hiding. Wendy is having a mid-life crisis. She has just turned 40 and wants a more permanent and closer relationship with her lover, Miles. I love this book. Author Sandra Ottey has created a strong main character that will encourage women everywhere. I was quickly caught up by the story with a strong connection to Rose. Ottey’s tale is one of heart break, triumph, and inspiration. She managed to include a bit of romance and humor. When Rose returned the birthday card, I was cheering for her. I would have had the same reaction. I find it hard to believe "Jamerican Connection" is Sandra Ottey’s debut novel. She writes like a seasoned author. Ottey’s talent is obvious and I can hardly wait for her next book.
JAO1 More than 1 year ago
Talk about intrigue........Jamerican Connection epitomizes just that. It is one of those novel that captivates the reader. I was engrossed from beginning to end. I particularly like the manner in which the role of the main characters intertwined and executed into a riveting true-to-life story. It showcases the strength and determination of a woman also the fact that one can 'bounce back' from any adversities. Very explicit. Such an amazing way to debut. I am looking forward with great anticipation to your second novel. Thumbs up! Sandra....well done.
Iree More than 1 year ago
Jamerican Connection tells an amazing story through the main character, Rose. Throughout the novel, I felt myself rooting for Rose, while still feeling her pain, both physical and emotional. Sandra Ottey allows the element of surprise scene by scene. I am hoping that a sequel will come. I feel so connected to the characters and would enjoy experiencing their joys and pains again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book bought me right back to my home town beautiful, cool, cool Mandeville. This book was so good I could not put it down.I felt so bad for Rose, but she triumphed in the end.... Strong Jamaican woman.. Yes!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jamerican Connection is filled with much emotion from all characters. Lies from husbands committing infidelity and partners trying to make a relationship work when thousands of miles separate them and only one wants to close those miles. A wife and mother who became both too soon, realizes that she missed a chunk of her childhood and can never get it back. This book is wonderful, some of the acts committed in it were horrific, I read it in one day and so will you. I found it hard to digest the controlling emotionless attitudes the men possessed. Nevertheless it was a page-turner and so real. Whether we were travelling the white beaches of Jamaica or the pavement of Brooklyn, the writers¿ style was so exceptional you always knew what continent you were resting on. Each character was in search of something within. By the end of the book they each realized that and began another journey. The connection that knitted three women together will be forever engraved in their heart and my mind. I would love to read a sequel of this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jamerican Connection, Sandra Ottey's debut novel, tells the stories of three women whose lives are intertwined by friendship, relationships, lies, infidelity, abuse, and a host of other dramas. Rose Thorn dreamt of a life that included a college education and a successful career, but dropping out of high school to have a baby dashed those dreams. Now, Rose finds herself trapped in an abusive marriage with no way out...though more and more she vows to find one. Laverne Fine is a cosmetologist and Rose's best friend. Her two main goals are to one, get a visa so that she may travel abroad and perhaps reap in the opportunities to blossom in her career; and two, to uncover the truth surrounding her lover's identity and nationality. Wendy Arnold is beyond successful in her career. She has the degrees, the accolades and the prestige, but as she reaches the big 4-0, she finds herself panicking, wanting desperately to persuade her long-distance love, Miles to move from Jamaica to Brooklyn in order to live together, get married, and have children. Jamerican Connection is a very interesting read. I enjoyed being immersed in both the American and Jamaican cultures. I quickly flipped through the novel to find out how Rose's intriguing story would go. As you read the novel, you will find yourself rooting for the women, who all have their own distinct voices. You will hate Rose's husband, and probably have disgust for most of the men IN the book, because you get the sense that they have no respect for women as they cheat and some even get the brass ring at the end after all of their cheating and lies. Regardless of that, the novel is a fast-paced story that will pull the reader in to the web of drama that unfolds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Sandra Ottey's debut novel while vacationing in Germany, and enjoyed all three plots in the novel. I was, however, more intrigued by Miles and Wendy's story. Long distance relationships can be difficult. Ms. Ottey showed that Miles really loved Brooklyn-based Wendy but lusted Jamaican-based Gladys (mostly because of convenience.) Some men want to have their cake and eat it too. I'm glad Miles realized that, much sooner than later, he'd have to choose to either stay in Jamaica and be with exciting Gladys, or uproot/immigrate and be with Wendy, the one who had won his heart since their high school days. Great job, Ms. Ottey. Looking forward to the next book, or probably a sequel. I'd really like to know what happened to Rose and her daughter, once they got to New York; and also if Paul's Brooklyn-based mother was still messing in Paul's and Laverne's relationship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
JAMERICAN CONNECTION, WAS LIKE A LOVELY BREEZE CARESSING ONES SENSES. YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHICH HEROINE TO CHEER FOR MORE. THEY ALL POSSESSED TRAITS ONE CAN EASILY RECOGNIZE. MS. OTTEY'S FIRST LITERARY OUTING WAS A GREAT SUCCESS AND EACH CHAPTER FLOWED INTO THE NEXT WITH FLUIDALLY EASE. I COULD BARELY PLACE THE BOOK DOWN. IT WAS READ IN TWO DAYS; DESPITE ME BEING ON MEDICATION WHILE CONVALESCING. FINALLY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE JAMERICAN TO APPRECIATE THIS TALE. IT TRANSGRESSES ALL CULTURAL LINES. I LOOK FORWARD TO MS. OTTEY'S NEXT INSTALLMENT. WE NEED TO KNOW HOW ALL THESE HEROINES PROGRESS, ESPECIALLY ROSIE. HERE'S TO ALL THE YARDIES HOME AND ABROAD! ONE LOVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very interested and exciting book which relates even to today's abuse by men. The author's vivid imagination kept me constantly reading to find out what happened next. I completed this book within 3 days. I recommend this book to all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was encouraging to read Jamerican Connection because it is an inspiration to everyone who has a dream. Ms. Ottey made it possible for all people to look into their consciences and pull out the wrongs in our society that have been swept under the carpet for too long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is definitely a 'have to finish this book tonight' read. If you are an opinionated 'out loud' reader, please don't read this book in public, because they will call the critic police. Jamerican Connection has the ability to have you shout out opinions and advice as if the characters could hear you. It is a great read with suspenseful characterizations. It does leave you sad at times to realize the depth of pain the main heroine had to pass through in order for her to 'come into herself'. But the triumph is something you would celebrate when it all comes together. I cannot wait to read another book by Sandra Ottey. This first time author shows great promise.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read JAMERICAN CONNECTION in two days! Hooked from the start I just couldn't put it down. The characters are still running around in my mind. The author always made me wonder what is going to happen next, so I just kept reading, turning the pages, sometimes even laughing and sobbing at the same time. Anyone (especially women...and no matter your nationality) can relate to this book. It's a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great book!!! As subtle as it was the writer was able to write in a way to make you feel like you were in the book... it kept me well involved... and I'm sure whoever reads it will be well pleased!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really sympathised with Rose, the main heroine, and the fact that her grandmother gave her bad advise:.... (as long as your man marries you, takes care of you, provides you with a maid, sends your kid to the best school and brings home the bacon, turkey, or whatever kind of meat, a woman should just 'behave', and be happy. Don't ask questions, and if you do, just accept any answer that's shoved down your throat.) I was so glad when Rose contacted Wendy. Everyone needs a role model and I'm glad Rose found one that helped her grow up fast and shake her naivetee. Laverne was of great help too, though she didn't want to get too involved, plus she had her own problems with Paul. I really liked the way Miss Ottey started the book with a naivee Rose (then again Rose was only in her early twenties). But Ms. Ottey showed how, as Rose's predicaments soared to detrimental heights, Rose went inside herself and found her inner strength to make such drastic decisions to do what she knew she had to do to be truly happy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book in 2 days!! Hooked from the first few paragraphs I was so engrossed that I couldn't put the book down. Rose had to go through hell to get where she wanted to be. Laverne is a friend in need, indeed; but her boyfriend's mother is all the way in Brooklyn and causing relationship problems in Jamaica. Can you believe it? Some parents get too involved in their grown children's love lives. Wendy is a mentor; such a good person. But Miles cheated on her. I wish Wendy would have gotten a man more worthy of her. But I'm glad Rose finally found someone who appreciates her for the lovely person that she is. I hope Miss Ottey hurries up and write another book. I like her writing style. It sounds as if she's talking to me...the reader!! I felt so connected. I loaned the book to one of my girlfriends and I hope she hurries up and read it and return it; because I need to read the story again. I just can't get enough of it. Oh, what a Book!!!