The Unwelcomed Child

The Unwelcomed Child

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by V. C. Andrews
     
 

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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

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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451650976
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
28,095
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, first in the renowned Dollanganger family series which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. The family saga continues with Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger, and Secret Brother. V.C. Andrews has written more than seventy novels, which have sold more than 106 million copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five foreign languages.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 6, 1923
Date of Death:
December 19, 1986
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, Virginia
Place of Death:
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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The Unwelcomed Child 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Author V.C. Andrews died in 1986 with only seven novels to her credit. Since her death several manuscripts have been uncovered and finished giving this author more notoriety in death than she experienced in life. The latest book from V.C. Andrews, The Unwelcomed Child uses Andrews' tried and true pattern of children with parental issues as a theme. Readers will find this psychological horror story hard to put down. With everything from young love to suppression and religious domination, this book packs a punch as most of Andrews' work does. An intriguing new addition to the V.C. Andrews collection. What I liked: I was a fan and read V.C. Andrew's book, Flowers in the Attic when I was a young girl. It was the kind of book that gave you an eerie feeling but you still couldn't seem to put it down. The Unwelcomed Child is much like that in the sense that it will definitely give readers the heebie-geebies. The horror element in this book is just in thinking that this could really happen. The conditions that this child lived in were hardly normal. With super religious grandparents who believed Elle was essentially the spawn of Satan there is ring of truth in to it that is disconcerting as you read it. Psychological horror at it's best! Andrew's had a way with writing about the human condition that would make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. I often wonder if she had some traumatic experiences in her own childhood that made her write the way she did. She had some kin of affinity with these characters that was unexplained. Elle is such an interesting protagonist. She is a young girl that has basically been taught that she is evil, yet she is becoming a young girl experiencing love for the first time and wondering what makes her so bad.  Andrew's keeps you wondering through most of the book which direction she will take Elle. Will she prove that Elle truly was the daughter of Satan or will she show that she was just a young girl who was falsely accused even before her birth. I loved the fact that Andrews continued to write stories about children in circumstances beyond their control. This was a real niche for her and it worked again with this book. I have to wonder though if perhaps this manuscript was a pre-cursor to Flowers in the Attic or in fact written after it's success. I find it interesting that she stayed with the theme she was famous for and didn't branch out at all. I think it amazing how someone else could have taken her work and re-worked it and changed it and still retained the essence of her writing.  What I didn't like: There is of course some repetition in this book, because it bears some resemblance to the Flowers in the Attic books. But really the only thing that is eerily similar is the fact that Andrews was writing about children with parental issues. In this case Elle's grandparents are keeping her conditioned against letting her evil get out. I loved this book in spite of the fact that there are similarities. It was still very good. Bottom Line: If you've read any of this writer's other work, you certainly won't want to miss this one. It's an excellent psychological horror novel. It is true to V.C. Andrews writing style and voice and has enough horror in it to make you not want to read it after dark. Fantastic new book!
Sarah_Ballance More than 1 year ago
I read this 400 page book in one night. ONE NIGHT. I confess…I turned those pages so fiendishly because I was waiting for the crazy to happen. Secret, forbidden connection? Oh, yes please. To that end, the book builds wonderful tension. This poor girl who knows nothing of the world learns of it–ironically enough–from a couple of wealthy kids whose idea of the real world almost certainly differs from what most of us know, but there’s a certain beauty in that. It’s one extreme to another…from Elle’s windowless room to kids who know few boundaries and tend to ignore the rest. Which is not to say they’re wild–not by any means–but there’s a certain recklessness that opens Elle’s eyes in a way that couldn’t happen with just any kid next door. Believe it or not, Elle’s grandparents are sympathetic characters. Her grandfather in particular pushes for her relative freedom, but it’s her grandmother with the biggest fight. After a terrible falling out with their daughter, this woman is left to raise her grandchild–a child she believes to be evil…a child she could have given up but would not–who is a constant reminder of the daughter she considers lost. What this book does so well is portray the grandmother’s struggle to overcome this. She’s wrong–so wrong–but as the pieces fall into place you see she’s not the hardened creature she fronts to the world. She’s broken, and it’s that shell that keeps the pieces from falling every which way. The path through this story is bittersweet. As the remaining pages dwindled, I worried for what wouldn’t happen…and what would. But this isn’t the kind of book that ends on a breathless moment. It ends quietly, serenely. And for the unwelcomed child, that’s just as it should be. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this book to the end. I kept waiting for something to happen (there was an attempt to build up tension) and then nothing, everything is resolved slowly, quietly, and everyone acts like nothing else has ever happened. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminicent of flowersin the attic...great read.
mbs1256 More than 1 year ago
Great Read- of course- its from VC Andrews- my favorite author. Continuing her good reads as usual!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again V.C. Andrews fans will be delighted with the newest novel written. Its a coming of age story where Elle finds out things are not always as she had been taught. The world starts to open for her and she to explore. Great character development and story line. Wish they would add on to this story with a back story on her mom or even the grandparents point of view.
Cheri858 More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I started it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. I had a hard time putting it down. I hope a second book comes out for this story. HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING!
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heavensmommy2004 More than 1 year ago
This was ok, not the best & certainlynot the worst.
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I think this story could have been better. Sometimes I felt I was reading a YA novel. Not long enough to play out the entire story. Is there going to be a series?
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gosselinfan More than 1 year ago
I have read better books of hers then this one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another good one from VC Andrews. The only bad thing is that i think alot of her books tend to be the same story just different characters. That being said, i will still continue to read them, they are enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yawn, all the way thru the book i would not recommend this book unless your having trouble sleeping , because that is what it will do put you to sleep , this book was so boring .  i
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is a greg book I can't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was good but not as good as others I have read.