Whitefern by V.C. Andrews
Gothic Romance. Family Saga.
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Overall Rating: 4 stars
The long-awaited sequel to My Sweet Audrina, one of V.C. Andrews’s strangest, most beloved books—and now a Lifetime movie! Whitefern swallowed Audrina’s childhood—and now the sprawling Victorian mansion threatens her adult life too…
Audrina remembers a better time, when her husband, Arden, was a young man with a heart filled with devotion for her. He didn’t used to be this ambitious, expansive…this cruel. But then, the death of Audina’s father changed a great many things.
When the reading of her father’s will reveals that Audrina herself will control fifty-one percent of the family brokerage—the halls of Whitefern again don’t feel safe. Arden’s protestations become frantic, nearly violent. And while Audrina didn’t anticipate running the family business, she’s curious to do so. And she can’t help but wonder what had made her father change his will at the last minute? What did he know about Arden that she didn’t?
Trapped in the middle of it all: her fragile, simple sister—the beautiful, trusting Sylvia. Audrina promised her father she’d watch over the young woman. But after years of relative quiet, the dark days of Whitefern may have returned…
This long awaited sequel to one of my favorite V.C Andrews books –My Sweet Audrina—did not disappoint! Told in an old worldly and classic way, this follow-up intrigued, surprised, and thrilled me the whole way though. I never knew what was going to happen and when I found out, I was shocked and in total surprise. The secrets and lies that this story emits are terrible in every way possible, but it’s these terrible and shocking things that make the book that much better! Now, I have seen A LOT of bad reviews about this book. And while this didn’t stop me from reading it, it did make me think twice. But I am so glad I read a copy because I honestly didn’t find it to be bad in any way, shape, or form. Many people are not keen on the “new V.C. Andrews” but to each their own and you should judge it by how the book makes YOU feel, not how it made others feel. So definitely give this one a try if you’re a fan of the author. It’s honestly just as shocking as her earlier works…
In this installment of the Audrina series, we follow Audrina, her sister Sylvia (who suffers from some mental deficits) and Arden (Audrina’s husband) after the passing of their “papa”. Anyone who has read My Sweet Audrina, knows that their home of Whitefern holds many secrets and lies… The type of secrets that have almost swallowed the characters whole and ruined their lives. But having risen from the ashes and married, Audrina is living an almost new life. Until more secrets square their ugly head and hurt all of those involved… What will become of Whitefern and will Audrina ever live a life she was meant? You’ll have to see for yourself!
Overall, I did enjoy this book and it really brought me back to my “V.C. Andrews days”. Now, although there are some differences between the original and the newer Andrews, I believe these differences are pretty slight. And I would know as I have read nearly all of her books! So don’t necessarily listen to what others have to say about this one. Just read it for yourself and judge with your own views!
4 Pretty Little Stars