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?
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of the spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began the renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than sixty novels in nearly twenty bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two foreign languages.
My review for Forbidden Sister
My review for Flowers In The Attic
When I first started reading this book, it was right after finishing Flowers In The Attic. So, when I saw this story had a stern, and very religious grandmother in it, I was worried.
This story is so very different from the other. One is suspenseful and one isn't. This story also raised a huge question in me that I am still thinking about now. What would or should a person do if she becomes pregnant as a result of a rape? Do you keep the child, always reminded but praying you will love them anyway? Do you give them up for adoption in hopes of giving them a better life? Or do you abort the pregnancy, killing the memory along with it, if you can? I think that answer is as individual as each one of us. Unless put in that situation, you can't fully fathom what you may or may not do.
I feel for Elle, as a mother and a daughter my heart broke for her. I also started to respect the grandmother though. In this case, she really does mean well by all her stern ways.
This is another good story by V.C Andrews, but not the norm that I am used to. I am used to more suspenseful stories and this felt very contemporary to me. Still, a lot of people will enjoy it.