Becky’s One Hundred and Twenty-Ninth Book Review: “Secrets of the Morning” by V.C. Andrews

SPOILER ALERT: THIS IS THE SECOND BOOK IN THE CUTLER SERIES, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ “DAWN” AND ARE PLANNING ON IT

 

Back in August, I wrote a review on “Dawn” which is the first book in the Cutler Family series. I did finish the rest of the series but didn’t get around to writing the reviews for them. This review is about “Secrets of the Morning” which is the second book in the Cutler Family series.

“Secrets of the Morning” picks up right where “Dawn” left off. Dawn has been sent off to New York City to attend a prestigious school where she will be far away from the evil Grandmother Cutler. Right away, things are difficult for her. Despite the fact that Dawn went away with best intentions, the woman who runs the house that Dawn lives in while at school was sent a letter by Grandmother Cutler full of lies about what a terrible person Dawn is. Immediately, Dawn is treated like a criminal. Having to deal with this becomes more difficult when she cannot be around Jimmy but Dawn is lucky enough to have a roommate whom she is able to bond with. For the first time, Dawn has a female companion.

 

IT IS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO WRITE A BOOK REVIEW ON THIS BOOK WITHOUT SPOILERS. THE REST OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS A LOT OF SPOILERS. READERS BEWARE!!!

 

“Secrets of the Morning” is divided into two books really. First, Dawn goes off to school in New York. Then she starts taking extra singing lessons with her music teacher. When he promises her the world, she eventually falls into bed with him. Being the naïve girl that she is, she didn’t use protection. Surprise, surprise…Dawn ends up pregnant. When she goes to tell Michael – the teacher, he promises her the world. They make plans to run away together and get married. She quickly finds out that he is a liar. She tries to run after him and gets hit by a car. Once she is in the hospital, Grandmother Cutler gets called and of course learns Dawn is pregnant.

While a traditional Grandmother would be caring, Grandmother Cutler sees Dawn is pregnant and sends her off to live at The Meadows – the plantation Grandmother Cutler grew up on. Dawn is sent off and forced to be pretty much a slave in the household of Grandmother Cutler’s sisters. She is allowed the smallest amount of food, forced to clean the house on her hands and knees, all the while being completely isolated from the rest of the world. She has a miserable time.

During her time at The Meadows, Dawn sees bits and pieces of the world that Grandmother Cutler grew up in which makes for some interesting reflections.

Would I recommend this book? Once again, I say meh. The book was interesting, but at the same time I just had a hard time finding sympathy for a girl who is stupid enough to sleep with her teacher and get pregnant. I like having a protagonist that you want to cheer for. I didn’t find that with “Secrets of the Morning”. While reading the book, I just kind of hope that everyone in the book will be hit by a asteroid or something. So I guess you could say that I wouldn’t recommend this book. It just wasn’t great and life is too short to waste on bad books.

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