The Unwelcomed Child [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451650976
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 23,827
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

V. C. Andrews
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 over 106 million copies worldwide and been translated into 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 January 21, 2014

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    Author V.C. Andrews died in 1986 with only seven novels to her c

    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!

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

    I read this 400 page book in one night. ONE NIGHT. I confess¿I

    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**

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Extremely boring, it took everything in me to keep reading this

    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. 

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    True VC Andrews style

    Reminicent of flowersin the attic...great read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Another wonderful Book

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Scourge

    ^_^

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    yawn, all the way thru the book i would not recommend this book

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Just ok...

    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?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2015

    I have read better books of hers then this one

    I have read better books of hers then this one

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  • Posted November 19, 2014

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    recommended

    Great Read- of course- its from VC Andrews- my favorite author. Continuing her good reads as usual!

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  • Posted August 11, 2014

    This was ok, not the best & certainlynot the worst.

    This was ok, not the best & certainlynot the worst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    the unwelcome child

    it is a greg book I can't put it down.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    Another good one from VC Andrews. The only bad thing is that i

    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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Kept my attention.

    The story was good but not as good as others I have read.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

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    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Kyle

    Well shes not doing a very good job...

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Evie

    I dont fu<_>cking care. Stay away from her. * grabs Michelle and drags her to naplo*

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Spike

    XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Michelle

    *sits by myself crying*

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Piper

    Walks over to kyle and walks him out of the court house

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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