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Through It All

Through It All, a novel by Giselle Mills

Lately, I have been reflecting on how far I have come in life. Although I am relatively young and still have much more ahead of me (hopefully), I have been thinking about my achievements thus far. One in particular stands out to me.


Last month, my first novel ‘Through It All’ was published as an eBook. It took me ten years to get my book published and I must say that I certainly learned quite a lot in the process. What I learned most of all was patience. Lots and lots of patience.


Through all the rejections from agents and publishers, I was tempted to give up on a few occasions. And then self-doubt crept in along the way. Who would want to publish or read a story about a girl living in a small Caribbean island, written by a girl living in a small Caribbean island? Is my writing good enough? Do I have to migrate to the USA or England to get any traction in the publishing world? Thoughts like these often de-energized me and caused me to lose my motivation while I attempted to get my novel published.


When I found out that it was actually going to be published this year I did not really believe it. I had gotten my hopes up so many times before, that I did not want to set myself up for further disappointment. But it actually happened! After ten years… And now I am finally an author.


I am so very grateful. It was a long wait but I believe it was worth it.


The University of the West Indies is now using my novel ‘Through It All’ in the Caribbean Civilisation course. This would have to be my most significant accomplishment to date. I am ever so happy and appreciative.


I would like to thank the U.W.I. for selecting my book for use in its course, particularly as a graduate of the U.W.I. myself. God, my mother, my wonderful agent, my supportive family and friends all deserve a big thank you as well. I would not be where I am today without them.


And of course, my new readers! To you, I say welcome and thank you very much for having read my book. Or if you are yet to read it, I thank you in advance. Some of you have already contacted me via social media and I am very grateful for your positive feedback. I am amazed by the degree of passion and love expressed. It is heartwarming and certainly motivating.


During my recent trip to Barbados, I met one fan of my novel at the U.W.I. Cavehill campus. She dubbed herself my ‘biggest fan’ and that made my day. Shout-out to Shannon! I am very happy that you enjoyed my book that much.


I wish all of you U.W.I. students the very best with the Caribbean Civilisation course and the remainder of the semester. Should you wish to contact me, I can be reached via Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat.


Exciting times ahead! Thanks for reading.



  1. gisellemills
    February 2, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    Hi everyone, just letting you know that I lost all the comments on this post as well as on my other blog posts when I switched domain names. Wish I could have kept them; they were so lovely. But thank you to everyone who commented. I really appreciate the support. Feel free to leave another comment if you did before or a new one if you haven’t! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Jerroni
    March 15, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    This book is amazing girl.

    • gisellemills
      March 15, 2018 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you Jerroni! You made my day 🙂 Glad you liked it

  3. Celeka Moore
    March 31, 2018 / 12:06 am

    What is the book really about cause am doing a report on it?

  4. Kev
    March 31, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    Great book ! should do a part 2 ! is it a true story?

    • gisellemills
      March 31, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Thanks Kev! No, it’s fiction. I will be doing a part 2 🙂

  5. kimani munn
    April 5, 2018 / 12:45 am

    u should do part 2. the book is exceptional. i laughed out loud in my house while reading it. it really left me wanting more

    • gisellemills
      April 5, 2018 / 12:58 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it that much Kimani 🙂 It was quite fun for me to write as well. I definitely intend to do a sequel. All the best with the report!

  6. Del
    April 5, 2018 / 1:01 am

    Hello. Your book through it all is very interesting. Although some parts made me cringe, I enjoyed it nonetheless! It is indeed amazing how there are many similarities culturally and socially between Caribbean countries, I laughed a lot during my reading especially with Keisha. I encourage you to continue the good work and pushing for the fulfillment of your dreams. We have all been “through it all” at some point in life

    Regards from The Bahamas.

    • gisellemills
      April 5, 2018 / 1:09 am

      Hi Del, thanks for your feedback 🙂 Which parts made you cringe? Yes we do have many similarities as Caribbean people, largely due to our shared history and origins. We are a unique people. Thanks for your encouragement and I wish you the very best!

  7. Mikki
    April 6, 2018 / 4:15 am

    Oh my goodness, I just finished reading your book less than 24 hours before my report is due and can i say it was simply amazing. A job well done on your first published eBook.. It was highly relatable living in the Caribbean and it brought back bitter-sweet memories of high school days…. Looking forward to part 2 with great anticipation.

  8. April 13, 2018 / 10:25 am

    I am like a quarter through the book and i must say…..i am hooked like a fish on bait. I can already see the potential you have to become one the Caribbean’s creme de la creme in regards to writing. Its been a while since a book orchestrated within the Caribbean has been this phenomenal. Thank you Ms. Mills and all the best for your future prospects.

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