The Forbidden Heart [NOOK Book]

Overview

The Forbidden series continues in this thrilling e-novella, as Emmie must reinvent herself in Paris after her older sister, a high-priced escort, suddenly disappears.

Emmie risked everything to track down her long-lost older sister, only to be left behind in Paris after Roxy finds love and escapes from her life as a high-class escort. Now in the care of her uncle, Emmie is wise beyond her years but adrift without her sister. When she meets a ...
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The Forbidden Heart

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Overview

The Forbidden series continues in this thrilling e-novella, as Emmie must reinvent herself in Paris after her older sister, a high-priced escort, suddenly disappears.

Emmie risked everything to track down her long-lost older sister, only to be left behind in Paris after Roxy finds love and escapes from her life as a high-class escort. Now in the care of her uncle, Emmie is wise beyond her years but adrift without her sister. When she meets a charming and seductive young French man, she must remember all of Roxy’s lessons on love and sex to make sure she doesn’t go too far too soon…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476755854
  • Publisher: Pocket Star
  • Publication date: 8/12/2013
  • Series: Forbidden Series
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 60
  • Sales rank: 17,478
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Short story

    I love this author, but agree with all. Was way to short. Only 52 pages. Would be nice to know it was a short story. I want to keep reading. Wil there be more?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    I think I'm missing part of the book!

    Super disappointed! I do understand that this is supposed to be a novella. But it seems like the first chapter from an entire book. I would have loved to see how M would have helped her friend get in shape! I feel like ms. Andrews gave up before finishing it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    Disappointed

    Didnt realize how short the story would be def wouldnt order another short one again hate that it left you hanging

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    I know this is a novella but this was extremely short. I'm now s

    I know this is a novella but this was extremely short. I'm now stuck thinking what's going to happen? Will we learn the rest of Emmie's story? Will there be another book after Roxy's Story? If so i'd wait and purchase this, if not its a terrible waste.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Wow...

    What Emmie did was kind of messed up, having so little consideration for her friend by going out with the guy her friend loved of all the men in Paris. Like, really? I loved her in Forbidden Sister. Not so much here. She also seemed a bit too arrogant for my liking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2013

    Really?!

    Was way too short. Seemed like all that could of been the first chapter. Im very disappointed. Im a die hard VC Andrews fan and to read this was sad just sad. I hope another book will be made to complete Emmie's Paris life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2013

    Horrible Ending

    I love VC novels but really?!? It was sooo short and then had me guessing what happens next? Definitely could've been better.

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