Title: The Forbidden Heart
Author: V.C. Andrews
Pub. Date: August 12th 2013
Source: Netgalley/Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
The Forbidden Heart is a short novella that stems from The Forbidden series. Emmie finds herself in France, wondering what to do with her life since her sister Roxy has gone away. She stays with her uncle and his life partner, and eventually catches a job opportunity, as well as the eye of a handsome Frenchman. She must recall her sister's teachings and decide how much she's willing to giveaway to the charming boy.
Since this is a short story, it'll be a short review as well.
There's nothing really wrong with this book. V.C. Andrews, as usual, writes extremely detailed prose that conjures up vivid imagery of France. I could see how Emmie gets enamored with the place and its people, and I'd definitely want to explore France as well. I think that Andrews also does a good job explaining the relationships between characters.
But, I never really got to know the characters. I'm not sure if it's because I haven't read this book series or what, but I never really felt attached or learned too much about any given character.
I felt like this story was over all boring. I didn't really gain anything from it. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really good either. It was a mediocre read that if you get a chance to read it, great, but if not, you're not missing anything.
I will say though, this novella did make me want to read the rest of the series. I'd recommend this to die-hard fans of V.C. Andrews, and perhaps to those familiar with The Forbidden series. But if you're unfamiliar like me, I'd pass this one by.
Thanks to Netgalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for my copy.