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Dollanganger Series Review…PLUS a Giveaway!!

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…
Book GiveawayFlowers 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:

  1. Leave a comment as to why you would like to win a copy of this book.
  2. Only one comment entry per person.
  3. Open only to US residents.
  4. If you like my page on Facebook you can gain an extra entry.
  5. 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.


Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Books, Giveaways, Reviews


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If There be Thorns by V. C. Andrews

The third book in the Dollanganger saga, If There be Thorns, by V. C. Andrews was yet another spellbinding read.

As the story continues, we find Chris and Cathy living in California with Cathy’s sons, Jory (14) and Bart (10) as a happy family.  Chris is a doctor, Cathy is a ballet instructor, Jory is a dancer, and Bart is a clumsy, imaginative lad.  They live next door to an old abandoned mansion, separated by a large wall.  The boys have made this “their” playhouse.  That is, until one summer day there are construction workers repairing the house and making it ready for its new mistress to move in.  When the Lady in Black finally arrives, with John Amos – the butler – in tow, Bart finds solace in the fact that she loves him dearly no matter how clumsy or ugly or unlovable he believes himself to be, and he becomes very entranced by John Amos and what he tells him.  As the story progresses, Bart begins to act erracticly, even for him.  Everyone worries about him and his mental health, but only Jory knows that he is going over to the Lady in Black’s house all the time.  The storytelling prowess of V. C. Andrews will leave you turning the pages long after you should have put it down.  Will Cathy discover who the Lady in Black really is?  Will Bart succeed in John Amos’s plans to exact his own revenge on everyone?  Will Chris and Cathy’s secret be exposed to the world?

When the book begins, Cathy tells us about their move and where they are now.  Then she hands the narration over to Jory and Bart since it is “their story now.”  The first couple of chapters are easy enough to follow, as they are titled with the name of the child telling the story.  But as the book progresses, you have to figure it out on your own, which isn’t too difficult for the most part.  I did find, however, that reading Bart’s part of the story was a little more difficult to follow than Jory’s simply because he is a younger child and prone to not only exaggerations, but also to imaginative tall tales.  His vernacular is also a little hard to follow, though that tends to get easier the more you read into the book.

All in all, I would say that this book would get a three star rating from me.  It was well told.  The plot line wasn’t as intricately woven as the previous two books, but it still kept me hungry enough to keep reading until I was finished.  If you enjoyed the first two books, Flowers in the Attic (my review found here) and Petals on the Wind (my review found here), then you should enjoy the third book in the saga, as well.


Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Books, Reviews


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