Jennifer Carroll Pens New Memoir, WHEN YOU GET THERE
In her new memoir, "When You Get There," former Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who resigned the post in 2013, details her path from Trinidad immigrant to second-in-command of the state - a woman in a "good old boy" network of southern politicians.
"I want to give readers a sense of hope and some insight into how they can draw on their inner strength when faced with challenges," she writes in the introduction of the book set for release Aug. 27.
"Second, I wanted to clear up inaccurate statements made about me in the media since I left my position as lieutenant governor," she writes.
Carroll grew up the adopted child of her great aunt and uncle, loving but strict parents whose rules heightened her isolation as she tried to adapt to life in the United States. They also loved her fiercely, nurtured her academically, and laid the foundation for a strong spiritual life that has seen her through dark times, including her years as Florida Gov. Rick Scott's second in command.
"When you're struggling, you never think you'll be better off because of it, particularly if you're a good person who's trying to do well," Carroll says. "You learn to adjust and come out of these trying times stronger and more prepared for what's truly intended for you."
Out of high school, she enlisted in the Navy. One of the first female jet mechanics, she quickly ascended the ranks, encountering sexism, racism and the condescension of older airmen who resented being supervised by a young petty officer. The experiences would later help her navigate the challenges of being a woman in a "good old boy" network at the highest level of state government, she says.