Forbidden passions have been the hallmark of the Dollanganger clan since Flowers in the Attic debuted more than forty years ago.
In this third book of a new related trilogy, witness the birth of the Dollanganger curse as Corrine Foxworth's children learn that family is but destiny by another, crueler name. As a young girl in France, Marlena Hunter's life was a fairy tale.
She had a talented artist for a father, a doting mother, and a brother she couldn't be closer to.
She loved her family; she just didn't know what her family actually was. When a car crash kills their parents, Marlena and Yvon lose not only France, but also their identity.
Sent to Richmond, Virginia, they arrive at the home of two aunts they've never met before, who tell them that their true last name is Dawson, that their father had fled the family years back-and that now the family is calling in the debt. Trapped in a mansion with as many secrets as rooms, Marlena yearns for escape.
But in America, you can either make friends or make profit, and Yvon suddenly seems much more interested in the latter.
While he is free to leave the house, Marlena is left to avoid lecherous tutors and the secretary-to-wife track expected of a woman.
Caught between mastering the game to escape it and falling prey to its allure, she needs to learn fast-for Malcolm Foxworth has cast his eye in her direction. And no family name can protect her from the twisted roots of the Dollanganger family tree.