Author: VC Andrews
Originally Published: July 26th 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5 stars)
Synopsis: 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 Audrina’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 was.. really not as bad as I expected. It was advertised as “The long-awaited sequel to My Sweet Audrina” and I didn’t like that. Among other VCA fans, I didn’t think My Sweet Audrina needed a sequel. Especially not 34 years later. And definitely not by the ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman.
I think he did a good job though. He used one of VCA’s famous plot devices. Unfortunately that did make it too easy for me to guess what would happen but it was an enjoyable read.
Audrina has grown into strong woman. Well, strong until it comes to standing up to her husband, Arden, who is certified Trash(TM). Her ending was much better than it would have been if the story left off with My Sweet Audrina.
To other VC Andrews fans like me who thought this book was unnecessary: give it a chance. It’s not as bad as Neiderman’s newer stuff and not nearly as terrible as Christopher’s Diary was.