The story is typical of a V.C. Andrews novel with a young teenage girl living in a somewhat dysfunctional family situation. Delia is described as an extremely smart girl in the early pages as she learns of her parents death and when she is sent to America she speaks very little English, not speaking the language shouldn't make the character any dumber especially when she starts picking up English at an incredible rate. However, with Delia she is sent into a horrible situation right off but then this smart girl puts herself into more situations instead of learning from the first...
The heroine, who comes to Palm Springs looking for a new beginning, instead faces a life of hardship, mistreatment, and hurt that will challenge her belief in herself.
This is the first V.C. Andrews book I've read that's been newer (before that, the last book I'd read was Broken Flower, which was published five years ago, though it doesn't feel that long), so I was wondering if Andrew Neiderman--the V.C. Andrews ghostwriter--had changed things up a bit. The author relies on throwing one painful experience after another at the protagonist, to the point where it's an obvious crutch...forced plot points rather than bits of story (this is what V.C. Andrews books are mostly known for, hence my joke above). While V.C. Andrews books need all they can get to become more palatable to readers, Neiderman went one mistake further by making a native Mexican the protagonist of his story. And despite the rest of the book being formulaic (I've been able to predict almost every horrible incident that's about to come in V.C. Andrews books), there was one surprise for me beyond the gay relationship. I'm sad to say this newer book proves that books published under the V.C. Andrews name are not improving.
Living a content life in her small Mexican village, Delia has just celebrated her fifteenth birthday. Delia doesn't know her aunt. Delia struggles to do everything her aunt asks of her. It's only after her cousin, Edward, learns who Delia truly is, does life take a turn for the better. (Note: There are situations that Delia is thrust into that are best left for the older reader.)
Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school. Her new-generation Gothic novel reached the bestseller lists a mere two weeks after its 1979 paperback publication by Pocket Books. Petals on the Wind, her sequel to Flowers, was published the next year, earning Virginia a $35,000 advance. The second book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for an unbelievable nineteen weeks (Flowers also returned to the list).