is a family based mystery that dangerously and inextricably connects four very strong women. No one can hide from their past, no matter who they are or how hard they try. The story dramatically depicts the far reaching arms and impact of child sexual abuse, and how even after it has become history, its legacy of pain and humiliation still carries the power to affect character, perception, and destroy lives.
During the politically turbulent 1970's in Kingston, Jamaica, a case of mistaken identity renders thirteen year old, Carmela Chambers, daughter of an esteemed Jamaican politician, a victim of a sexual assault that leaves her pregnant and traumatized. Having recently lost her mother in a tragic car accident, Carmela turns to Pearl, the family’s domestic helper, and Mother Superior, a nun who runs St. Theresa’s of the Hills, a local orphanage. Arrangements are quickly made for Carmela’s unwanted baby girl to be adopted in Canada, as far away as possible from the elite Chambers family. But new and deadlier secrets take root, re-emerging thirty years later with the arrival of a young, professional, Canadian woman, named Asia Stanton, the daughter Carmela gave up as a child. The young woman’s quest is simple. Who is my father? Carmela, now a renowned Obstetrician and happily married with three sons, must decide if Asia Stanton's need-to-know is worth the risk of destroying everything she holds dear in her life. Even worse though, lurking in and around Carmela’s life are dangerous others - others who are even more invested in keeping Carmela’s secret, deadly secret.
At its core, Burdened Legacy is a story of love and loyalty, hate and vengeance, and the extent that people will go to protect their loved ones, themselves, and render justice for past sins.