Garden of Shadows, by V. C. Andrews, is the fifth and final installment in the Dollanganger series. Even though it was written last, and written to be read last (in my opinion, and since this is my blog it’s all about me!), it is the prequel of the series.
The story is told from the point of view of the Grandmother, Olivia Foxworth. It begins with her super quick “courtship” with Malcolm Foxworth, their marriage, and her being whisked away to Foxworth Hall. She does her best to be the wife she feels every man needs, but finally resigns herself to just being the best mistress of Foxworth Hall that she can be. We are with her through her pregnancies with her sons, and then we meet Garland and Alicia Foxworth, Malcolm’s father and new teenaged stepmother, who is pregnant herself. Christopher is born, the man who is to be the father of the four children in Flowers in the Attic. After Garland’s untimely death, Corrine is born, Alicia and Christopher leave, Malcolm’s sons die tragically, and Christopher returns to Foxworth Hall after his mother’s death.
We find out, when the pregnancy with Corrine is revealed, and she finally meets Christopher and falls in love with him, why her parents were so shocked and she was disinherited. The book ends with Corrine and her four children returning to Foxworth Hall and the beginning of Flowers in the Attic.
I found the storytelling genius of V. C. Andrews again drawing me into this world of deep, dark family secrets. No matter what was happening, be it good, bad, or ugly, and this book had all of those elements, I couldn’t help but keep turning the pages to see what would happen next. What would be the final punishment? Did Corrine and Christopher ever find out the truth, the whole truth? Or was there just one, a single person, who conquered all in the end?
I have reviewed the other four books in the Dollanganger Saga on my blog. You can find their specific reviews at the following links:
Please, stay tuned, for another review blog in which I review the ENTIRE series, with a little surprise for you included!