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Delia's Heart (Delia Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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TORN BETWEEN TWO WORLDS...

Atrapada entre dos mundos

Delia Yebarra survived a treacherous desert crossing to protect her friend Ignacio from murder charges. Now, the time has come once again to leave her tiny Mexican hometown: Delia's...
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Delia's Heart (Delia Series #2)

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Overview

TORN BETWEEN TWO WORLDS...

Atrapada entre dos mundos

Delia Yebarra survived a treacherous desert crossing to protect her friend Ignacio from murder charges. Now, the time has come once again to leave her tiny Mexican hometown: Delia's cousin Edward convinces her to return to his world of wealth and privilege in Palm Springs, and soon Delia, a beautiful and popular senior at an exclusive private school, is living the American dream. But Delia will quickly discover that high society has a very dark underside.

A STRANGER IN BOTH OF THEM...

Extranjera en cualquiera de los dos

Delia's malicious cousin Sophia is sparking horrific rumors with Delia at their center. Racing to do damage control, Delia's mortified aunt Isabela introduces her troublesome niece to the handsome son of a wealthy Mexican American politician. An attraction sparks and a whirlwind romance begins...but Delia's heart won't let her forget her humble roots -- or Ignacio. And when tragedy tears her world apart, will it be too late to save the one she cares about the most?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416594086
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Series: Delia Series , #2
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 178,099
  • File size: 350 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 April 6, 2009

    Great Series Book. I always enjoy VC Andrews for a quick easy read.

    I read this series on my last vacation and on my treadmill. It kept me mesmerized and I couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2010

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    GOOD!

    I liked this book. It's like one long soap opera lol!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2009

    Again a must read book you read one you must read them all

    get the all the books by this auther you'll enjoy them

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    DELIA'S HEART is the second part of the journey for Delia Yebarra. We first met Delia in DELIA'S CROSSING. After the death of her parents, her long-lost aunt, Tia Isabela, brings Delia to the United States and a life of luxury that Delia could only have dreamed about.

    In DELIA'S HEART, Delia has managed to survive for a time living under Isabela's roof. Delia's cousin, Edward, is now at college with his friend, Jesse. Delia is attending the posh private school with her cousin, Sophia. And now, with her new friend, Fani, Delia has attracted the attention of Adan Bovio, the son of a senatorial candidate.

    Still struggling to fit in at school, just when Delia thinks things are going good, something else fans the flames of gossip. It doesn't help when Delia turns down a date with Christian Taylor, one of the most popular boys at school. It doesn't help when her cousin, Edward, buys her a fancy sports car to spite his sister (her cousin), Sophia. And it certainly doesn't help when Adan accompanies Delia to a birthday party and then proceeds to snub the birthday girl.

    But things may finally be looking up for Delia when her Tia Isabela starts treating her more as a daughter than her real daughter, Sophia. As long as Delia has the attention of Adan, nothing can go wrong.

    But as with any V.C. Andrews' story, readers already know that there's always a dark cloud hiding somewhere. And DELIA'S HEART is no exception. When a spring break trip to Mexico with her cousin Edward and Jesse leads to the arrest of her long-lost beau, Ignacio, life for Delia returns to the days when she first made the crossing to her new home.

    Can Delia have any happiness in her life? Will Adan's love be enough or will she be reunited with Ignacio? Will time find Delia living back in Mexico once and for all?

    Hopefully, all of these questions and more will be answered in the final part of the trilogy, DELIA'S GIFT.

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    fans of V.C. Andrews will enjoy this fine entry and look forward to the next Delia Cinderella like story.

    After living in the United States for a few years (see DELIA¿S CROSSING), poor Mexican girl Delia Yebarra still feels like a stranger in a strange land. She returned to her homeland briefly with Ignacio Davila after his role on the death of the person who raped Delia was known by everyone. Everyone but his family and Delia thinks he is dead and Ignacio wanted Delia to return to her Aunt Isabelle¿s Palm Springs estate. Isabelle believes her niece is an impoverished wetback, whom she treats like a servant rather than a relative. Her son Edward blackmails his mom into giving Isabella similar opportunities as his sister Sophie has.<BR/><BR/>Sophie hates Delia while is also jealous of as important people seem to always defend her. She tries to destroy her cousin by telling her mom lies and spreading rumors that Delia cannot disprove. When Adam Bovio starts paying attention to Delia, Isabella is thrilled because his family is rich high society starting with his father running for senator. Outraged and envious Sophie vows to send Delia back to Mexico anyway she can.<BR/><BR/>The lifestyle of the children of the wealthy prominent high society families come across as vapid, causing trouble a mainstay to keep the ennui abated. Delia lived a simple life in Mexico so has major adjustments to being part of the rich and famous crowd while also wondering if she is running from her roots. Readers will admire and like this conflicted person and hope she finds what she wants. Her female cousin and aunt are over the top of the Sierras as villainesses and the story line somewhat mirrors the first tale; yet fans of V.C. Andrews will enjoy this fine entry and look forward to the next Delia Cinderella like story.<BR/><BR/>Harriet Klausner

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