Broken Roots (N/A) by Michelle Diana Lowe

After her father's invention earns her family millions, sixteen-year-old Teisha Cole moves from London to Florida.

Broken roots (n/a)

After her father's invention earns her family millions, sixteen-year-old Teisha Cole moves from London to Florida. Uprooted from the place she loves, Teisha now lives in a broken home full of secrets and lies. 

Following the death of Teisha's grandmother, her fractured family is replanted in rural England, where a kingpin and his clan are laying in wait. What ensues is a dangerous game that brings their house to its knees, as the family's wealth begins to disappear. 

When Teisha's father develops a mysterious illness, Teisha turns detective to unravel the truth. Escaping onto the streets and stumbling into the foster care system may be her only hope of survival.

Genre: FICTION / Urban Life

Secondary Genre: FICTION / African American / Urban Life

Language: English

Keywords: none

Word Count: 64403

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Sample text:

July has returned. School is out. The sizzling hot summer has made a beeline for Palm Beach County, Florida. Every single summer vacation here is the same – hot and humid with the sun’s rays hitting my face, scorching the honey skin on my nose and cheekbones. There are very few cooler days to relieve the unavoidable burns and constant perspiration. Spending time in the family pool or staying in the shade are the best ways to stay cool. As I recline on my deck chair and put up my parasol in the spectacular garden at the foot of our house, I feel empty, lost like a small translucent dot fading in the distance. A vanishing speck that yearns to be seen but has not been taught how to grow.

My confidence plummeted somewhat the day Dad suggested we move here to Florida, the happy Sunshine State. That was just over three years ago, around the time Baby Bearz took off – his successful company and brand of mechanical baby toys that went huge in the States virtually overnight. Dad had earned three million pounds from UK and international sales already, in less than half a year, and his American business partner, Jeff Travers, encouraged him to sell the family home in Stoke Newington, North London to make the big leap across the pond. Mum, Dad and Jeff finalised everything over a few weeks of mid-morning tea and cake meetings. They never once asked my opinion about anything. At thirteen-and-a-half, as a popular kid – good at gymnastics, horse riding and piano – and with everything going for me, I was suddenly uprooted from my home, kicking and screaming, and planted against my will on the other side of the world. A foreign land where I didn’t speak the lingo and knew no one. I was forced to begin a whole new life. No one cared about me or considered how the big move would affect me. How I’d suffer and miss home so much.

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