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1[[quoteright:260:]] ˛ [[caption-width-right:260:''Rain already knows how hard life can be. But she is about to discover a shattering secret from the past that will change her future forever....'' (US Hardcover edition, by Tony Greco and Lisa Falkenstern)]]˛˛The Hudson series is a series of novels published under the name of Creator/VCAndrews, but written entirely by the ghostwriter who had previously written sequels to several of Andrews's novels.˛˛The first three novels feature Rain Hudson. The fourth features her daughter, Summer, and the fifth is a prequel featuring her mother.˛˛Novels in the series:˛[[index]]˛* ''Rain'' (2000)˛** Had a DirectToVideo film adaptation released in 2007.˛* ''Lightning Strikes'' (2000)˛* ''Eye of the Storm'' (2000)˛* ''The End of the Rainbow'' (2001)˛* ''Gathering Clouds'' (2007) - A prequel novella included with earlier releases of the film version of ''Rain''. Unfortunately newer copies of the film do not include it, so [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes keep circulating those booklets]].˛[[/index]]˛˛!!This series contains examples of:˛˛* BedlamHouse: Megan goes to one temporarily after Brody dies but is released at the end.˛* ButNotTooBlack: Rain is considerably lighter-skinned than her siblings, which turns out to be because she's adopted -- she is actually biracial with a white mother.˛** This is actually a plot point, as Rain's lighter skin tone gets seen as a sign of favoritism by Beni and other girls at Rain's school. Also a RealityEnsues moment, as poorer communities with colored people sometimes judge lighter-skinned people as more privileged than those with darker-toned skin. ˛* CoolOldLady: Grandmother Hudson, who blissfully averts the EvilMatriarch tropes that are the usual fate of grandmothers in Creator/VCAndrews novels. She hides her BrokenBird past by becoming a DeadpanSnarker and ends up befriending Rain with SnarkToSnarkCombat that evolves into playful banter. They both end up becoming the closest people to each other until Grandmother Hudson dies at the end of ''Lightning Strikes'' and leaves Rain the majority of her fortune over her daughters Megan and Victoria.˛* DeathEqualsRedemption: Implied with [[spoiler: Beni's death. Just as the girls start to make amends, they get jumped by a gang. Rain escapes, Beni does not.]]˛* TheFilmOfTheBook: ''Rain''.˛* HandicappedBadass: Rain has her moments of this in ''End of the Rainbow''.˛* HappilyAdopted: Rain's adoptive mother gave her more love and attention than her actual mother did, although her home and school life wasn't exactly rosy.˛* InspirationallyDisabled: Rain becomes this after being paralyzed in an accident.˛* MaskOfSanity: Victoria Hudson seems to be a competent albeit stern businesswoman on the outside but she's really a spiteful woman angry that her father (who wasn't really her father) favored her sister and seeks revenge against her sister and mother by terrorizing her paraplegic niece (who her mother favored over her daughters) and having an affair with her brother-in-law when her sister is grieving over her son's death in a mental hospital.˛* NotBloodSiblings: Rain and Roy. Possibly a subversion, since Rain marries Austin later on.˛* ObliviousAdoption: Rain goes for many years without knowing that she's actually biracial and her real mother sold her to a poor black family to keep her existence secret.˛* PlotTriggeringDeath: [[spoiler: Beni gets killed by a gang on the streets, which spurs her mother to reveal the truth about Rain's biological family and send her to them. Meanwhile Roy joins the army so both of Mama Latisha's surviving children have gotten out of the ghetto.]]˛* SecondLove: Austin for Rain.˛* SiblingYinYang: Rain and Beni (and later Allison).˛* SpoiledBrat: Allison Randolph isn't as favored as Brody but she's still a rather minor example with how much she looks down on her half-sister. She's not as antagonistic to Rain as most other examples are and she eventually mellows out after almost drowning at Summer's birthday and marrying a proper businessman.˛* TheUnfavorite: Victoria.˛** This may be the source of Beni's antagonism towards Rain, though the favoritism is less intentional on her family's part.˛----


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