A thrilling and authentic story of eighteen years old Brazilian girl Amelia who gets into crossfire of rival factions of business owners and wheeler-dealers.
When one of her father’s enemies targets her, she decides that she’s not going to be an easy victim.
She leaves her parents’ home to test herself against an adult life full of challenges, meets a new friend—a self-taught artist Fortunata who is dealing with anxiety and an abusive relationship.
When suspicious events occur again, Amelia starts her own investigation with the assistance of her best friend Marcelu. Together they discover a clandestine organization operating at the national level.
“In order to solve the mystery of who is threatening her family, Amelia del Atore must abandon them and go on a classical journey of discovery. On her own for the first time in the real world, the young woman finds the wisdom she requires. But will she have enough time to do what needs to be done? Braziliada, by Sheridan West, is an enjoyable tale of bold individuality and dedication to heritage.” Kelly R., Line Editor, Red Adept Editing
“A suspenseful mystery with plenty of intense character interaction and some genuine surprises, Braziliada is a thrilling read. Its inextricable connection to its Brazilian locale is a major plus for readers who like distinctive settings in their fiction.” Virge B., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing
Targeted Age Group:: 16-99+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Twisted plots of great books in mystery genre written by Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie mixed with psychological drama and scenic settings of Brazilian TV shows is what inspired me the most.
My goal to offer readers more strong and relatable female characters is what kept me motivated.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
They appeared organically in my mind when I tried to imagine what kind of person would do certain things that move the plot.
I tried to show each character's personality with its good and bad traits, make each of them unique and vivid.
Priscilla carelessly smiled at the light breeze on her skin from the open windows and the picturesque landscape along the way. She could never have imagined that she would have all this. Just a year and half before, she’d lived with her parents and two little brothers in a small village in the north of Minas Gerais, and after she finished school at the age of fifteen, her whole life was helping her parents raise cattle and cooking food that was instantly consumed by her ravenous brothers.
Everything changed one evening when a young and beautiful wanderer knocked on their gates and asked for help with his car, stalled on the roadside. While her father was busy connecting wires to jump-start the engine, Priscilla timidly questioned their guest about what brought him to their land. He looked and spoke in a way different from people she had seen before. His clothes were neat and pretty, and he smiled nicely at her and answered her questions despite her fear that he would simply ignore her as her father and other men did in most of the cases when she spoke to them. He said his name was Robert del Atore, he lived in São Paulo, and he was returning home after a business trip when his car failed him. He said something about his business—something to do with farm machinery—but she didn’t quite understand those details at the time, charmed by the sound of his voice. She told him some incoherent story about a calf that had gotten lost the day before, with her and her brothers running all over the fields in search of it, and he listened and nodded.
A couple weeks later, he drove to their house again, that time on purpose, and invited her and her brothers to a cinema in Chapada Gaucha, the nearest big city, to thank them for helping him out. Many miles lay between São Paulo and her parents’ house, but love knew no distance. Robert left her his phone number, but while he had the newest model of portable phone, their household didn’t even have a landline, so she had to go to the neighbors’ house to make a call. They talked every week, and the next time he came to their village, she left with him.
The handsome stranger was not just any commuter. At his twenty-four years, he ran Campoverde, one of the biggest companies selling agricultural machinery in all of Brazil. The company belonged to his family, which had also owned thousands of acres of coffee plantations in Saõ Paulo and Minas Gerais since the time of King Pedro.
Her family and all their neighbors could not believe what happened to her, but there she was, Senhora del Atore, Robert’s wife and soon-to-be mother of his son.
She was taking a side road, the shortest way to the manor, located on the outskirts of Lindageral, when she noticed a heavy truck blocking her way. She stopped and honked a few times. Nothing happened. She waited a couple minutes then got out of the car.
At that moment, a scrawny gray-haired man dressed in a black suit stepped from behind the truck. “Hello, my darling. Now we meet at last.” His tone promised nothing good. “Did you really think you could avoid me forever?”
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