In the second book of the Dollanganger series, Petals on the Wind by V. C. Andrews, the three surviving Dollanganger children, Chris, Cathy, and Carrie, have escaped their attic prison. They are running to Florida to join the circus when chance lands them on the doorstep of small town doctor, Paul Sheffield. He takes them in to treat them for their arsenic poisoning. Dr. Sheffield can’t help but fall in love with the children, all in their own way, and formally become their guardian. He puts Chris through college and med school to become a doctor. Cathy attends ballet classes and eventually moves to New York to fulfill her dream of becoming the next great prima ballerina. Carrie stays on with Dr. Paul, as she affectionately calls him, and becomes his secretary. As their lives progress, Cathy has plans of her own to exact revenge upon the mother that locked them in the attic all those years ago. She does everything she can to make sure she gets her revenge on the one who abandoned them, the one she blames for Cory’s death. Will she ever get her revenge? You’ll have to read yourself and find out!
If I thought I was up all night to read the first in the series, Flowers in the Attic (which I reviewed here), then I really didn’t sleep while reading this one. I just had to keep reading to see what happened next and to find out if Cathy ever got her revenge, or if she ended up forgiving their mother, which is what Chris kept trying to get her to do.