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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 spread...an 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 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 Beautiful Jan. 9 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Finally Understand! Sept. 8 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. I also wondered how Corrine Foxworth (Dollanganger) could leave her children and be so selfish. Well, all of those questions are answered in the book "Garden of Shadows", the prequel to "Flowers in the Attic".
Even though this book was written last, I chose to read it first because it gives so much background and explanations for the things that occured in "Flowers in the Attic". The book centers around Olivia Winfield Foxworth, a plain-jane who dreams of being whisked away by her knight in shining armor. One day the dashing and handsome Malcolm Foxworth steps into her life. She is immediately smitten with him and he seems to feel the same towards her. They get married rather quickly and Olivia cannot wait to begin her wonderful new life on the arm of her handsome husband. What Olivia dreamed of and what she received were two very different things. Olivia soon learns that her marriage is one of convenience and not love, no matter how much she prayed and wished for it. Malcolm mainly wanted Olivia because he thought she would be a good breeder. Malcolm is a very stern and scary man who could intimidate people with one look.
Soon Olivia adapts to her life and we begin to see the transformation from the carefree, whimsical girl she used to be into the cold, hardened woman that we all know from "Flowers in the Attic". Although Olivia is a woman you love to hate, you understand why she became what she became due to loss, pain, hate, and an immense longing for love from her husband.
I would highly recommend this book to people who are fans of "Flowers in the Attic", and I would suggest reading this book before reading the rest of the series. I know you will love this book! It truly is incredible!
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5.0 out of 5 stars V.C. Andrews was a MASTER storyteller... July 23 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 finish, were the Dollanganger series, MY SWEET AUDRINA, and the beginning of the next series about the Casteels. V.C. Andrews left us too early but she left us some extraordinary gifts with the tales of the Foxworths. All 5 books are enigmatic and addictive. They are all highly absorbing but the coup de gras was writing GARDEN OF SHADOWS last. Here, Andrews takes a truly villainous villainESS (Olivia Winfield Foxworth) and transforms her, quite poetically, into the victim. We read about Olivia's experiences and discover WHY she ended up the way that she did. We end up understanding and sympathizing with her. Andrews uses this literary device with skill and precision. If you have an opportunity to experience the phenomenon of V.C. Andrews, do not waste your time with the novels following MY SWEET AUDRINA. Instead, curl up with the series about the Foxworths on cold winter's night and enjoy. I would also recommend that you read the series in the order that it was published; starting with FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC and finishing with GARDEN OF SHADOWS.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by corwin goodyear
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel and Ending!
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good prequel
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars From the grandmother's POV
I unfortunatly read thru the whole Flowers in the Attic series before reading this one, and boy oh boy did it explain ALOT! Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Robin M Goffinet
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of it all
Like most, after reading 'Flowers' I hated the grandmother. But after reading Garden of Shadows the hate doesn't burn as much. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by Johny Bottom
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 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 4 2003 by "eliza19922001"
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