As promised, this is a review of the ENTIRE Dollanganger Series by V. C. Andrews.
The series is comprised of five books. Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Garden of Shadows is actually a prequel to the rest of the series, but comes fifth in order of publishing.
The series follows the four Dollanganger children, Christopher, Cathy, Cory, and Carrie. After they are left fatherless because of a tragic accident, they are whisked away to their mother’s childhood home, Foxworth Hall, in Virginia. We follow them throughout their childhood and teenage years on through their adulthood. The first two books are told by Cathy, the third is told by her sons, and the fourth is, again, narrated by Cathy.
Then comes the prequel. We find out just what made the Grandmother so harsh and unrelenting and so into religion. We also learn why Corrine was a favorite of her father while she felt so disconnected from her mother. Chris returns to Foxworth Hall after the death of his father and his mother, so that Malcolm, Corrine’s father, can help send him to medical school as their father would have wanted. Christ and Corrine fall in love and are kicked out of the home. The end of the book finds Corrine coming back home with her four children, the beginning of Flowers in the Attic.
I found all five of these books to be a VERY compelling read. It took me about a week and a half to read them all, and that includes still making sure that I take care of my husband and my kids, and spend time with my sister while she is in town visiting over Spring Break. I just COULD NOT put the books down. I was up until the wee hours of the morning reading, almost every night, because I had to find out what happened next and if the children ever found true happiness, or at least peace.
And now, for the reason you decided to click on and read this post. As it says in the title, I am also hosting a giveaway! Yes. It’s true. For the price of a comment, you can be entered into a drawing. No, I’m not going to draw a picture for you. I’m not much of an artist. However, everyone that comments on this post will be entered into a drawing to win your very own copy of…
Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind! Yes, you could be the next proud owner of the first two books in the Dollanganger series by V. C. Andrews.
Here’s the rules:
- Leave a comment as to why you would like to win a copy of this book.
- Only one comment entry per person.
- Open only to US residents.
- If you like my page on Facebook you can gain an extra entry.
- You must comment and/or like my Facebook page between March 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013.
I will randomly choose a winner on the first of April. After you are notified, as soon as you get your information to me I will get the book out to you.
If you have read the series, or any of the books in the series, what did you think about them? Were you as drawn into the sordid world of the Foxworths as I was? If you haven’t read them, let me know why you would either want to read them or not.