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- Print Length: 224 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Creativia; 2 edition (September 23, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LXBAGLO
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have read the first book by this author, which I enjoyed, but I have to say, with Broken Roots, the author is clearly raising the bar for herself. This story is much darker and has a more elaborate plot. Indeed, something unexpected unfolds consistently in this story, and I was surprised many times.
One thing that is consistent about this author is her clever use of analogies and symbolism. It is everywhere and very intelligently used, and the reader could miss them if they don’t slow down and take the time to absorb her words. I would note some here but it is much more fun to stumble across these passages yourself.
Speaking of words, this author has a unique way of arranging them. It is quite apparent that each word is carefully considered and chosen. It shows.
Now for my personal feelings about the plot.
*SPOILER* I couldn’t believe the things that befell Teisha. One of her lowest points, in my opinion, was when she was left in the house alone and was literally starving to death, with no utilities and nobody to help her. My heart broke when she thought her mother returned for her and she crawled – CRAWLED – downstairs to see her.
I hated her mother. I wanted to slap her many times.
*SPOILER* When Rachel came into the picture, I had mixed feelings. I was glad she found someone who would love her but at the same, I was worried she was secretly an awful person or that she would get taken as well. In this manner, the author had me feeling Teisha’s emotions while reading!
As far as the truth told at the end: I was blown away. It makes me want to read the story again, knowing what I know. The story definitely leaves room for a sequel; I would absolutely love to read more about Teisha. What is really admirable about this character, that she kept her morals intact during some awful trials that no child should ever have to endure. That is really quite inspirational.
Excellent job by Michelle Diana Lowe. I highly recommend this book.
At fourteen and a half years old, Teisha is uprooted from her happy life in the UK, and relocated to the sunshine state of Florida.
The main character reminisces over her happy life in London and her subsequent angst at the way her life has progressed since moving to the United States.
So unfolds a tale of family turmoil; violent parents who both nuture alcohol problems.
There is a shallow, lonely mother figure who embarrasses Teisha with her materialistic, money driven persona and her addiction to social media. Her father is no better; frequently absent, cold and temperamental. Teisha is overjoyed to be reunited with her quirky, home loving Gran, on a holiday back to Britain.
Despite the traumatic themes which this novel deals with, Teisha Cole remains a true heroine: brave, feisty and intelligent.
Broken Roots is an exquisitely written novel, full of emotive description. It explores the themes of corruption, power and wealth and childhood abuse with sensitivity and fearlessness. I look forward to reading more work from this very talented author.