Delia's Crossing (Delia Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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KIDNAPPED BY CRUEL FATE...

Secuestrado por sino cruel

After her parents are killed in a truck accident, Delia Yebarra's life is turned upside down. At fifteen, she ...
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Delia's Crossing (Delia Series #1)

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Overview

KIDNAPPED BY CRUEL FATE...

Secuestrado por sino cruel

After her parents are killed in a truck accident, Delia Yebarra's life is turned upside down. At fifteen, she leaves the rural Mexican village where she grew up and embarks on a new life in America. Coming to her wealthy aunt Isabella's huge estate in Palm Springs, California, should be a dream come true for a simple country girl like Delia -- so why does it feel like a nightmare?

A PRISONER OF DESTINY...

Un preso del destino

Her aunt refuses to acknowledge Delia's heritage, relegating her to servants' quarters with a licentious language tutor intent on exploiting a beautiful young foreigner. Her cousin Edward is kind, but cousin Sophia is cruel, manipulative, and resentful of Delia's smoky Latina looks. And just when Delia tries to embrace the life of a real American girl, a heartbreaking chain of events sends her spiraling back to a Mexico she hardly recognizes.... Will Delia find a place to call home?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416594079
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Series: Delia Series , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 104,748
  • File size: 466 KB

Meet the Author

V. C. Andrews
V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, which was followed by four more Dollanganger family novels: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series, which have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into more than twenty-five foreign languages.

Biography

"The face of fear I display in my novels is not the pale specter from the sunken grave, nor is it the thing that goes bump in the night," V. C. Andrews once told Douglas E. Winter. "Mine are the deep-seated fears established when we are children, and they never quite go away: the fear of being helpless, the fear of being trapped, the fear of being out of control."

Andrews's novel Flowers in the Attic launched the popular genre sometimes dubbed "children in jeopardy" -- stories about young people abused, lied to, and preyed upon by their evil guardians. The author's own childhood was not nearly so lurid, though it did have an element of tragedy: As a teenager she had a bad fall, which resulted in the development of bone spurs. A botched surgery, combined with arthritis, forced her to use a wheelchair or crutches for the rest of her life.

Andrews lived with her mother and worked as a commercial artist until the 1970s, when she began to write in earnest. Most of her early stories and novels went unpublished (one exception was "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night," which appeared in a pulp confession magazine). Finally, in 1979, Flowers in the Attic made it into print. The book soared to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was followed by two equally successful sequels, Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns. Critics weren't always kind -- a Washington Post reviewer wrote that Flowers in the Attic "may well be the worst book I have ever read" -- but that didn't matter to millions of Andrews's readers, who devoured her gruesome fairy tales as fast as she could pen them.

As E. D. Huntley points out in V. C. Andrews: A Critical Companion, Andrews's novels fit neatly into the "female Gothic" tradition, in which an innocent young woman is trapped in an isolated mansion and persecuted by a villain. Andrews's own contribution was to take some of the themes implicit in early Gothic novels -- incest, sexual jealousy, and obsession -- and make them sensationally explicit in her works.

As most of her fans know by now, V. C. Andrews died in 1986, but new V. C. Andrews books keep popping up on the bestseller lists. That's because the Andrews estate hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to continue writing books in the late author's style. Andrews's heirs have been cagey about just how much unfinished work she left behind when she died, but testimony during a 1993 tax case suggested that Andrews had only completed a portion of Garden of Shadows, the eighth book (out of more than 50) published under her name.

Still, even if the vast majority of "V. C. Andrews" books weren't actually written by V. C. Andrews, many of her fans are happy to have her tradition carried on. Neiderman has drawn on Andrews's novels, notebooks, and drawings for inspiration. "Don't make this sound weird," he once said in a Washington Post interview, "but sometimes I do feel possessed." To the original V. C. Andrews, who believed in precognition and reincarnation, it probably wouldn't sound weird at all.

Good To Know

Andrews wrote nine novels before Flowers in the Attic, including a science fantasy titled The Gods of the Green Mountain. Later, when she was a bestselling novelist, she wanted to try her hand at different kinds of fiction, but her publisher discouraged her. "I am supposed to stay in this niche, whatever it is, because there is so much money in it," she told Douglas Winter. "I mean, I have tapped a gold mine and they don't want to let go of it. I don't like that, because I want to branch out."

Though V. C. Andrews went by the name Virginia, her birth name was Cleo Virginia Andrews, not Virginia Cleo Andrews. She had planned to publish her books under the name Virginia Andrews, but her first publisher printed Flowers in the Atticas the work of "V. C. Andrews" in hopes that the gender-neutral name would make the book appealing to male readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cleo Virginia Andrews
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 6, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      December 19, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Virginia Beach, Virginia

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Delia Yebarra's life is about to change.

    Living a content life in her small Mexican village, Delia has just celebrated her fifteenth birthday. She lives with her parents and her grandmother in a small house. They don't have a lot of money, but Delia knows she is loved and wouldn't trade her life for anything.

    But Delia's parents are killed in a freak accident and her grandmother is too old to provide for her. Her grandmother tells her that she is going off to America to live with her aunt. Delia doesn't know her aunt. Isabela left Mexico and married an older rich American. Isabela refuses to acknowledge any reminders of her life in Mexico.

    Upon arrival in Palm Springs, Delia hopes for a new life. She is homesick for her grandmother, but vows to make the best of things. However, her aunt has other ideas. After arriving at the house, Delia is sent off to a dingy room at the back of the grounds. Because of her limited grasp of the English language, she is to be treated as an employee rather than as a long-lost relative. No one besides Isabela and the English tutor knows her true identity.

    Delia struggles to do everything her aunt asks of her. But things go from worse to tragic. It's only after her cousin, Edward, learns who Delia truly is, does life take a turn for the better. Delia finally gets to attend school. Rather than the private school that her cousins Edward and Sophia attend, Delia is stuck in the ESL class at the local high
    school.

    But as with any V.C. Andrews story, life doesn't remain rosy for long. Sophia has plans of her own that may sabotage Delia's tentative happiness.

    DELIA'S CROSSING started out a bit slow. The background was being set for the hardships that Delia was about to encounter. But once Edward is brought into the picture, the story unfolds at a brisk pace, pitting Delia against all the evil people she meets in America. Delia is an innocent thrust into the den of lions.

    There are redeeming characters in America, such as her cousin Edward and his friend, Jesse, but it's the evil ones that Delia must endure that make the book so exciting.

    Delia's struggles in America continue in the next installment, DELIA'S HEART.

    (Note: There are situations that Delia is thrust into that are best left for the older reader.)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    I read all three books of the series within 4 days, LOVED them!

    I read all three books of the series within 4 days, LOVED them!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2014

    HATE!!!!!!!

    I HATE THIS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Great Book!

    This is one of VC Andrews best since the Flowers in the Attic Saga!!! I loved it, read all three books in a week!!! It's a must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Great

    One of the good ones

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This has to be in the top five of the worst three books i've ever read. Delias should have been killed of in the first chapter. I suffered through all three books thinking it has to get better, it did NOT. I have to give it a one star in order to post this review. It doesn't deserve one star.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Enjoyed very much

    This was a really good book cant waite to read the whole series i used to read vc andrews when i was a teen and this still has the same style of writing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Great Book!!!

    I'm going to reread it!

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  • Posted July 28, 2011

    Highly emotional book, have Kleenex handy.

    I read this book in two days, couldn't put it down. I have been a V. C. Andrews reader since my Grandmother got me hooked on The Flowers in the Attic series. This book had me crying in the first few chapters as well as at the end. I can't wait to start the second one in this series. I hope you will love this book as much as I did, but don't for get to have a box of Kleenex ready.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

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    Very good VC Andrews book!

    I am torn with VC Andrews books because they all essentially have the same plot with different characters. If you are looking for your typical VC Andrews book, this one definitely fits the norm.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    GOOD!! :)

    Delia's parents are killed and she is sent to live with her mother's rich sister in America where things are different than the way she was raised in Mexico. She's an outcast in her family and the only one she trusts is her cousin Edward. She learns the hard way not to trust people. I liked this book,it's like a soap opera lol! You know most stuff in this book would probably never happen in real life but you can't help but read it and like it anyways

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    the book and story line was fantastic very fantasticly done i bougth the whole set

    the cast was great i have all three in my libary cover was very colorful, i have loved the auther for many years

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    WOW!

    Highly emotional. A book not meant for slow, relaxing reading. Charged with action and feelings, you won't want to put it down. The characters will anger you, sadden you, and make you cheer. Even to the very end, you are kept guessing on what will happen on the next page. All characters are highly memorable. A must read for the avid reader. An excellent choice for those who need encouragement to pick up a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    Good Book

    If you are a fan of V.C. Andrews you wold like this one too. I will reccommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Excellent suspense thriller

    Delia Yebarra is dreaming in school about yesterday¿s quinceanera celebration when her grandmother bursts into the school and takes her home. She informs the teen that her parents died in an auto accident. Delia leaves her Mexican village to live with her wealthy aunt Isabella in Palm Springs, California. Isabelle married an older rich man. The grieving teenager is shocked that her aunt is taking her in because Isabelle turned her back on her family and village years ago. When she arrives at her aunt¿s vast estate, Delia is told she will live in a rundown building and will be a servant until she learns to speak English fluently. Nobody will know they are related, but eventually Delia¿s cousins Edward and Sophia learn the truth. Edward welcomes her to the family and tries to protect her. However Isabelle and Sophia try to harm her so Delia flees for home with a Mexican fugitive at her side. --- If this tale is any indication, V.C. Andrews¿s new series starring Delia will be a big hit. Delia feels like a fish out of water in the states especially since she does not speak English and thereby unwelcome by her aunt who along with Sophia uses her niece for personal reasons Delia has no idea how to fight back. Even her relationship with Edward is ruined by her aunt¿s machinations leaving her isolated as a stranger in a foreign land. This is a great tale of people in crisis learning to cope with the hand fate (and a cruel relative) dealt them. --- Harriet Klausner

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