Title: Out of the Attic
Author: V.C. Andrews
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Page Count: 336
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
The twisted, beloved Dollanganger legend began two generations before Corrine Foxworth locked away her children in Flowers in the Attic. The second book in a new prequel story arc, Out of the Attic explores the Dollanganger family saga by traveling back decades to when the clan’s wicked destiny first took root.
Married to the handsome, wealthy Garland Foxworth following a wildfire romance, and an unexpected pregnancy, young Corrine Dixon finds her life very different from how she imagined it. Often alone in the mansion of Foxworth Hall, she can practically feel the ancestors’ judgment of her as insufficient—as not a Foxworth. Stern portraits glare at her from the walls, and the servants treat her strangely. Nothing in the vast place is truly hers.
Even her son, Malcolm Foxworth, born in the luxe Swan Room and instantly whisked away to a wet nurse, feels alien to her. With a husband alternately absent and possessively close, Corrine doesn’t yet realize that she’s barely scratched the surface of what lies beneath Foxworth Hall’s dark facade and the family that guards its legacies.
With the fortieth anniversary celebration of Flowers in the Attic, and ten new Lifetime movies in the past five years, there has never been a better time to experience the forbidden world of V.C. Andrews.
Out of the Attic by V.C. Andrews is the second book of a prequel series to the author’s famous Dollanganger series that began with Flowers in the Attic. Beneath the Attic was the first book that took readers readers back to the great grandmother of the Dollanganger children who were locked in that attic.
This series features Corrine Dixon who was at the age she was looking for a suitor to marry when she met Garland Foxworth. Garland was wealthy and handsome and intrigued Corrine but when she met up with him without a chaperone things went too far leaving Corrine pregnant however Garland did the right thing and married her bringing her to Foxworth Hall.
Now I’m sure a few people are asking how an author who died in the mid-80s is still releasing new material and that is due to her family hiring a ghostwriter to continue her work. Andrew Neiderman has written the books over the past several decades and some are still good but yet others I wish I didn’t keep getting pulled back by nostalgia, this would be one of those times. While I didn’t mind Beneath the Attic I think stretching this flashback to the grandmother further just lost my interest. If you loved the original series you may want to try this but this one just wasn’t for me.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than fifty novels in V.C. Andrews’ bestselling series. The thrilling new series featuring the March family continues with Scattered Leaves, forthcoming from Pocket Books. V.C. Andrews’ novels have sold more than one hundred million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages.
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