V. C. Andrews
Simon & Schuster Pocket Star (UK: 2nd August 2012; US & CA: 7th August 2012)
My history with V. C. Andrews: Began as a teenager reading the young adult Orphans series. Quickly gobbled the backlist, and kept going until Celeste. That was the last one I read properly. Tried a Delia paperback, but quickly gave up. Saw Capturing Angels on Edelweiss, though, and decided to give it a crack.
The VCA ghost-writer has given up Gothic family sagas for the time being. This is a different kettle of fish: romantic suspense/women’s fiction. But one VCA trait remains: a religious nut. Or a nut that happens to be religious, though in fiction the two tend to go hand-in-hand. (Not in Christian fiction, obviously.) So there’s your spoiler, and the book’s title, Capturing Angels, explains why young Mary disappears.
Info-dump, purple prose, characters difficult to like – this one has it all. It’s understandable why Grace would fancy Sam, but not the other way around. As far as I’ve seen online, this novel is an eBook only. Fair enough, as print readers tend to be more discerning with their dosh.