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Storm Warning

The gentleness in Donald March's eyes seemed to disappear, like a coin in a magician's hand.

“As your guardian with a parent's responsibility, I want to tell you that we should not permit ourselves to be attracted to someone solely on the basis of his or her looks. Now, Ryder certainly comes from a respectable family, famous parents, money and all that goes with it, but anyone can see that there are turbulent waters running under the surface of his handsome face. I don't want you to be drawn down into them, not now, not ever,” he said.

“That won't happen,” I said as confidently as I could manage, even though in my heart of hearts, I wasn't absolutely sure of that.

He smiled again.

“All young people feel they're immortal, infallible, with nothing but time ahead of them. Take Kiera, for example. By the time I realized what was happening, she was too wild to be reined in. You have to consider the advice of older, wiser people, especially those who care about you very much.”

“I'm not Kiera,” I said, perhaps a bit too sharply.


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Flowers in the Attic
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If There Be Thorns
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Dark Angel
Fallen Hearts
Gates of Paradise
Web of Dreams

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Following the death of Virginia Andrews, the Andrews family worked with a carefully selected writer to organize and complete Virginia Andrews's stories and to create additional novels, of which this is one, inspired by her storytelling genius.

This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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Designed by Esther Paradelo

Cover design by Anna Dorfman

Cover photo by John Ricard

Manufactured in the United States of America

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ISBN 978-1-4391-5503-5
ISBN 978-1-4391-8116-4 (ebook)



Chapter 1: Rise and Shine

Chapter 2: New Student

Chapter 3: Gossip

Chapter 4: Jordan's Secret

Chapter 5: Getting to Know You

Chapter 6: Fighting

Chapter 7: Meeting the Marches

Chapter 8: A Strange Interest

Chapter 9: A Star Family

Chapter 10: Passion

Chapter 11: A Present

Chapter 12: Rumors

Chapter 13: Bad News

Chapter 14: Deception

Chapter 15: Kiera's Return

Chapter 16: A Ruined Weekend

Chapter 17: Grief

Chapter 18: Changes

Chapter 19: An Unwelcome Visitor

Chapter 20: Recovery




ust like there are all kinds of noise in our lives, there are all kinds of silence as well.

Mrs. Caro, my foster parents' cook, is from Ballyvaughan, a small coastal village in County Clare, Ireland, and she says, “When the sea is calm, it's like the world is holdin' its breath, darlin'. It's so peaceful your heart seems to go into a slumber, and you feel so content. To me, that's the sweetest silence.”

I knew that silence, too. When my mother and I were sleeping on the beach or when we sat quietly and just stared out at the ocean, I heard the same silence, and Mrs. Caro is right. It is sweet because it brings a feeling of peace and even hope to your heart.

Another silence is the silence just before sleep, when you put the lights out. Even in the Marches', my foster parents', home, this enormous mansion in Pacific Palisades, California, with all of the servants moving about and the army of workers on the property, it can get quiet enough at
night to hear your own thoughts or hear the door in your mind begin to open to permit your dreams and nightmares to tiptoe into your head.

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