If There Be Thorns

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If There Be Thorns

by V.C. Andrews

Pocket Books | November 1, 1990 | Mass Market Paperbound

If There Be Thorns is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Now a major Lifetime movie event—Book Three of the Dollanganger series that began with Flowers in the Attic—the novel of forbidden love that captured the world’s imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase.

They hide the shocking truth to protect their children. But someone who knows their dark secret is watching.

Christopher and Cathy have made a loving home for their handsome and talented teenager Jory, their imaginative nine-year-old Bart, and a sweet baby daughter. Then an elderly woman and her strange butler move in next door. The Old Woman in Black watches from her window, lures lonely Bart inside with cookies and ice cream, and asks him to call her “grandmother.” Slowly Bart transforms, each visit pushing him closer to the edge of madness and violence, while his anguished parents can only watch. For Cathy and Chris, the horrors of the past have come home…and everything they love may soon be torn from them.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 in

Published: November 1, 1990

Publisher: Pocket Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671729454

ISBN - 13: 9780671729455

Found in: Horror, Horror

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourable Hatred Fascinating, isn't it, how two parents can destroy the life of their child without even realizing it? And when they do, they do not care to correct their mistake for they are useless imitations of the Creator. FULL SYNOPSIS WITH SPOILERS: Chris and Cathy are brother and sister, living together as husband and wife. They raise two children, 14 year old Jory and 9 year old Bartholomew, better known as Bart. In the enticing third novel in the Dollanganger series, they return, the scars of their horrid isolated childhood still deep and bleeding. The main point of the story was the fact that Bart was second best, and he knew for a fact, as did the reader, that he always would be. No matter what he did, he would never be as handsome or graceful or talented as his elder brother Jory. Bart, usually quiet and, quote, 'withdrawn', grows angry. When a new neighbour appears next door, he quickly beffirneds her. She is a very old lady but ever so rich. He does not know who she is and what horor she has caused in her life to the ones she loved. When Bart meets the old lady, known as Grandmother, he also meets her bitter butler, John Amos. Amos is a religious fanatic who imposes God's words as laws of soceity. Then Bart learns his parent's secret, that they are brother and sister. He becomes a frightening child, yearning to become like his grandfather Malcolm Foxworth. He grows to hate his mother like she is dirt and despie his brother for him being so special. What he does not know however is that the woman next door is the famous, hateful: Corrine Foxworth.
Date published: 2008-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! this book has you falling in love and then hate and then love aging with all the characters, truly a book that i feel deeply in love with!
Date published: 2007-07-14

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If There Be Thorns

by V.C. Andrews

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 384 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 1 in

Published: November 1, 1990

Publisher: Pocket Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671729454

ISBN - 13: 9780671729455

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Chapter One: Jory Whenever Dad didn''t drive me home from school, a yellow school bus would let me off at an isolated spot where I would recover my bike from the nearest ravine, hidden there each morning before I stepped onto the bus. To reach my home I had to travel a winding narrow road without any houses until I came to the huge deserted mansion that invariably drew my eyes, making me wonder who had lived there; why had they deserted it? When I saw that house I automatically slowed, knowing soon I''d be home. An acre from that house was our home, sitting isolated and lonely on a road that had more twists and turns than a puzzle maze that leads the mouse to the cheese. We lived in Fairfax, Marin County, about twenty miles north of San Francisco. There was a redwood forest on the other side of the mountains, and the ocean too. Ours was a cold place, sometimes dreary. The fog would roll in in great billowing waves and often shrouded the landscape all day, turning everything cold and eerie. The fog was spooky, but it was also romantic and mysterious. As much as I loved my home, I had vague, disturbing memories of a southern garden full of giant magnolia trees dripping with Spanish moss. I remembered a tall man with dark hair turning gray; a man who called me his son. I didn''t remember his face nearly as well as I remembered the nice warm and safe feeling he gave me. I guess one of the saddest things about growing bigger, and older, was that no one was large enough, or strong
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Now a major Lifetime movie event—Book Three of the Dollanganger series that began with Flowers in the Attic—the novel of forbidden love that captured the world’s imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase.

They hide the shocking truth to protect their children. But someone who knows their dark secret is watching.

Christopher and Cathy have made a loving home for their handsome and talented teenager Jory, their imaginative nine-year-old Bart, and a sweet baby daughter. Then an elderly woman and her strange butler move in next door. The Old Woman in Black watches from her window, lures lonely Bart inside with cookies and ice cream, and asks him to call her “grandmother.” Slowly Bart transforms, each visit pushing him closer to the edge of madness and violence, while his anguished parents can only watch. For Cathy and Chris, the horrors of the past have come home…and everything they love may soon be torn from them.

About the Author

V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than eighty-five million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages. All 38 of V.C. Andrews' novels have hit the New York Times bestseller list.

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Young Bart, son of Chris and Cathy who spent their adolescence locked in an attic, trembles on the edge of madness.
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