Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Unwelcomed Child by V.C. Andrews

My mother had looked into the face of evil so many times she knew what it was. It was me. I was born without a soul...

Elle Edwards grew up believing that because of her mother’s sinful ways she was born without a soul; that’s why she was abandoned and left in the care of Grandmother Myra and Grandfather Prescott, who try to ensure her evil will not infect them—by raising her in a virtual prison. Because her days are occupied with homeschooling, strict religious studies, and vigorous housekeeping in their upstate New York home, Elle knows practically nothing of the outside world, even as she emerges as a young woman with impressive artistic talent. But when she makes a secret, forbidden connection to vacationers at the nearby lake—a handsome boy and his precocious twin sister—Elle’s world will shatter. Will discovering the truths about her past send her future plummeting to hell?

I was extremely excited to have gotten chosen to read and review this particular book. I love V.C. Andrews’ books and I couldn’t wait to start this book. After reading the first two chapters, I really started liking the story and one of the main characters.  

The story reminded me a little bit of the series by V.C. Andrews “The Flowers in the Attic”.  The one thing that I could really tell was different was the way “Elle” believed that she didn’t have a soul. In most of V.C. Andrews’s books usually the girls are constantly being told a lie that they eventually start to believe or that they fight against throughout the entire series.

 “Elle” however, believes from the very beginning the same thing about herself that her grandparents believe.  One of the themes that have remained consistent is that all or almost all of Mrs. Andrews’ books has the grandparents raising the grandchildren or being around the grandchildren. I have yet to find any happiness within any of Mrs. Andrews books, but yet I can’t help but to keep reading most of the series of books that this author has written. 

Although Mrs. Andrews died quite a while back the books that have come out bearing her name since her death still makes me think that she is alive and writing. I hope there will be many more book to this series and hopefully this story/series will at least have somewhat of a good ending. Overall I give this book and the author an “A+.”

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Tiffany 

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