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Garden of Shadows [Paperback]

V. C. Andrews
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November 1987 Dollanger Saga
Olivia dreamed of a sun-filled love, a happy life. Then she entered Foxworth Hall...
V.C. Andrews' thrilling new novel spins a tale of dreadful secrets and dark, forbidden passions -- of the time before Flowers in the Attic began. Long before terror flowered in the attic, thin, spinsterish Olivia came to Virginia as Malcolm Foxworth's bride. At last, with her tall handsome husband, she would find the joy she had waited for, longed for. But in the gloomy mansion filled with hidden rooms and festering desires, a stain of jealous obsession begins to evil that will threaten her children, two lovely boys and one very special, beautiful girl. For within one innocent child, a shocking secret lives...a secret that will taint the proud Foxworth name, and haunt all their lives forever!
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Praise for Viginia Andrews: 'Beautifully written, macabre and thoroughly nasty... it is evocative of the nasty fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and The Babes in the Wood, with a bit of Victorian Gothic thrown in. ... What does shine through is her ability to see the world through a child's eyes' Daily Express 'Makes horror irresistible' Glasgow Sunday Mail 'A gruesome saga... the storyline is compelling, many millions have no wish to put this down' Ms London 'There is strength in her books - the bizarre plots matched with the pathos of the entrapped' The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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V.C. Andrews® has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, which was followed by four more Dollanganger family novels: Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in V.C. Andrews’s bestselling series, which have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into more than twenty-five foreign languages. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel and Ending! June 30 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Note: If you hated Olivia, Corrine's mother and Cathy's grandmother as much as I did in the first and previous novels of the series, then maybe this prequel will give you a little more insight on her aspect and will help you change your mind on this poor woman who went through so much hatred and unfairness in her life.

I was ready to hate this book; I never liked Olivia and you think I want to read her POV when she was a "bratty young lady?" No thanks. But having this be the last of V.C. Andrews's highly acclaimed and raved Dollanganger series, I just had to end it off with this prequel. But I never expected to like this, especially after watching the 'Flowers in the Attic' new film. *shivers*

But all in all, everyone has a reason for everything; that also includes their actions and behaviour. Olivia did have a reason for everything, even if Corrine surprisingly wasn't even her daughter by blood.

This is about the main "beginning" of Olivia's life. She gets married to Malcolm, who she fears isn't even in love and her and just is using her for fortune and good "Foxworth pure blood." She has three children-- two boys and a young girl. There's a curse and there's a secret behind everything, even behind the home that everyone's known forever.

This book taught me so much about the Foxworth family, even more than what I knew before from the previous books. Olivia has her reasons. And I kind of support her for everything she did and felt. Olivia didn't really do anything in the books, except some kind of cruel things to Corrine's kids. It was all of CORRINE'S FAULT FOR EVERYTHING. That stupid brat was spoiled and everything happened because of her "too perfect brain and pettiness." It's just so CRAZY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good prequel April 20 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For those who read the series and watched the movie, this book is a great edition to the trilogy bringing us back to the beginning and providing context for the grandmother's evil...
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the grandmother's POV June 28 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I unfortunatly read thru the whole Flowers in the Attic series before reading this one, and boy oh boy did it explain ALOT! How Olivia Winfield went from a hope filled young woman into the mean stone faced battle ax she became. You also learn that there was much more than meets the eye as to why she was so against Corrine's marriage and children in the first place. A shocker! My advice is to read or watch Flowers in the Attic first, and then read this book. If you read this first, there is no mystery to the rest of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garden of Shadows April 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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Reviewer: Shannon Carey from WVHS Spokane, WA
The Answers to All the Dollanganger Secrets!!! April 12, 2004
Garden of Shadows is a thrilling novel written cleverly by V.C. Andrews.
When I first started this book I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Garden of Shadows was the last book of the Dollanger series although it was the pre-quell to the series. The book was twisted and unraveled a lot of secrets that were kept from the previous books. The other four books of this series were written from her granddaughter's point of view but in this story the grandmother portrayed her part of the story. It gave more of an understanding of why she seemed so evil.

Olivia Foxworth is plain, masculine woman who grows up without a mother, learning nothing of how to flirt or how to be attractive to men. To say the least she had absolutely no social skills so her father tried numerous times to hook her up with young suitors that he knew, but none were drawn to her gawky, tall, anti-socialism, until Malcolm Foxworth. Malcolm shows interest in her during their first encounter and returns for a second, even a third date. After a short week or two of courting he asks her to marry him. Olivia fantasizes of a romantic honeymoon and life thereafter but little does she know of the lonesome future of death, betrayal and scandal that she has coming her way.
From day one Olivia began to notice peculiar things about the handsome Malcolm. When Olivia started to see Malcolm on dates she anticipated a kiss and thought it weird when she never got one. That was the first warning sign she saw of how the relationship was going although she was in denial about it and made up excuses for his "shyness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of it all Jan. 12 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Like most, after reading 'Flowers' I hated the grandmother. But after reading Garden of Shadows the hate doesn't burn as much. She had her own miserable existance once she came to Foxworth. Faking a pregnancy, living without love, the death of her children. The symbolic dollhouse and it's porcelin tenants open a profound door into the woman's soul.
Who would have believed she wanted to take Cathy and Cris into her arms the day they arrived at that cursed attic?
A fascinating read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Jan. 10 2004
By Jessica
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first watched "Flowers In The Attic" on T.V.and then read the book, I hated the Grandmother for how cruel and heartless she was; a woman with no feelings other than hate and jealousy. But then I started to read the prequel "Garden Of Shadows". I couldn't believe how different "Olivia Winfield" had been. I was saddend and felt extreme sympathy for her, as I read on about her marriage that she would soon find out had cheated her of the love she had dreamed about, and would never have, with a husband who did not love her. Her sons brought her the only joy in her life, and when they both died at a young age, everything had been taken from her, and she had nothing left to love or cherrish, slowly making her bitter and cold.
This book explains alot about why many things that happed in "Flowers In the Attic" happened, and I no longer hate her, because now I know why she became what she became. This is a beautifully sad and heartwrenching book, that made me cry sometimes times from the beginning to the end as I watched the poor woman, who trully had been a kind hearted person, turn into the witch that she is. A must read! In my opinion, this is the best book in the whole series, and should be read first to get a better understanding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garden of Shadows
Being the last book in the 'Flowers in the Attic' series, Garden of Shadows ties a lot of loose ends. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by Adi Adler
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Finally Understand!
I had seen the movie version of "Flowers in the Attic" many times on TV and I wondered why in the world Olivia Foxworth was such an evil, hateful woman. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2003 by musiclover13
5.0 out of 5 stars V.C. Andrews was a MASTER storyteller...
Truly, the only Andrews novels worthy of a read were the ones written by the lady herself. To my knowledge, the only books that were completely written by her, from start to... Read more
Published on July 24 2003 by Regis Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Ask and you shall receive...
After reading Flowers in the Attic a lot of questions were brought up. How could the grandmother be so vicious? How could someone hate the grandchildren she never met? Read more
Published on July 4 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great
It's just as good as Flowers in the attic.All secrets are discovered.Olivia's marriage and life were terrible.Malcom's temper and his hate made her become who she was. Read more
Published on May 12 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Olivia Foxworth Lashes out against the Innocent
Olivia had no right to take out her anger on innocent people. She had no right to be hard on Alicia when she (A) needed compassion. Read more
Published on May 5 2003 by "eliza19922001"
5.0 out of 5 stars Ill she wanted was Love
Evil Malcome Foxworth couldnt love her ill he wanted was someone to breed She was probably one of best mothers them 2 boys could of had 1 girl daddys girl a girl made out of rape... Read more
Published on April 17 2003
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