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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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Seeds of Yesterday by V. C. Andrews

The fourth book in the Dollanganger Saga, Seeds of Yesterday by V. C. Andrews, was yet another compelling read.

Foxworth Hall has once again risen.  Bart, Cathy’s youngest son, is finally coming of age to have everything left to him by his grandmother, Corrine, and everyone is moving into Foxworth Hall.  Long lost Uncle Joel has returned as the temporary butler.  One tragedy after another befalls the inhabitants.  Cathy can’t help but feel it is the house itself causing all the troubles.  She is also worried about Bart’s mental health as he again falls prey to a religiously zealous old man.  Will they survive the horrors that Foxworth Hall has in store for them and become a nice happy family?  Or will it destroy them, once and for all?

Again told by Cathy, we follow her and her family back to the dreaded Foxworth Hall, where it all began all those years ago.  I did find some of the things kind of funny, such as all of the “new” electronic gadgets that allow Bart to buy, sell, and trade stocks and such from home.  I find it funny because they were all amazed at how far the world had come,  in terms of electronic gadgetry advancement, when we are so much further advanced in the real world than they are in the book.  The book was published in 1984, and if you add up the age of Cathy and go back to the year they originally were brought to Foxworth Hall, the story is taking place around the year 2000.  I don’t know, but I found it funny that we are actually more advanced, and were for several years, before.  If that made sense to you.  It made sense in my head.

I digress, so back to the book.  I did read through this one very quickly, as well.  Once I get started, I just don’t want to stop until I know what happens to everyone in the book that I’ve grown to care about, and I want to see those that I am not so fond of, and see if they succeed in their plots to ruin everyone, of if they are ruined themselves.  I did find the chapters a little long, but that’s only because I really don’t like stopping in the middle of a chapter to go to sleep or do something else other than read.  It was another great book, as expected, from V. C. Andrews.

One book left to read in the series, Garden of Shadows, which I will start reading later tonight, or Monday since my dad is coming to town this weekend.

You can find my reviews of the other books in the series by following the links listed below:

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Books, Reviews


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