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V. C. Andrews
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November 1987 Dollanger Saga
The prequel to the compelling saga that began with 'Flowers in the Attic', repackaged for a new generation of fans. THEIR DARKEST SECRETS WOULD TURN TO SHAME AND HAUNT THEIR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN. Olivia Winfield's hopes blossomed when the dashing Malcolm Foxworth asked her to marry him. But her hopes withered like flowers in the scorching sun when his true nature was revealed. Foxworth Hall, the beautiful home that should have given them so much happiness, became like a prison to her, with Malcolm the cruellest of jailers. Suddenly, unexpectedly, the hand of friendship was offered to Olivia when Alicia, her father-in-law's new young bride, came to Foxworth Hall. The two women were unlikely companions, but soon the laughter of their youth filled the gloomy place. Yet over them both loomed the shadow of Malcolm, whose dark desires were to sow the seeds of a shocking secret that would lead in time to a darkened, locked attic room...
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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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Virginia Andrews lived in Norfolk, Virginia, studied art and worked as a fashion illustrator, commercial artist and portrait painter. Flowers in the Attic, based on a true story, was her first novel. It became an immediate bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1979. Virginia Andrews died in 1986, leaving a considerable amount of unpublished work. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 Nov. 7 2003
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Being the last book in the 'Flowers in the Attic' series, Garden of Shadows ties a lot of loose ends.
This is the Grandmother's story (Olivia Winfield Foxworth), and it tells the story of her marriage to Malcolm Foxworth, and ends when Flowers in the Attic more or less begun - when Chris, Cathy and the twins arrive in Foxworth Hall and are left in the attic.
We get to learn how the grandmother became what she was - tough, cold and extremely religious. While this understanding doesn't necessarily give us understanding or justification's to Olivia's future behavior, it is hard not to feel for what she has to go through, especially in the beginning.
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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...
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
3.0 out of 5 stars A Time to Plant
Garden of Shadows is the prequel to the Dollanganger saga. Olivia Winfield, afraid that she will become a spinster, falls in love with the first handsome guy who pays her heed,... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2003 by Electra83
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good, if not better, than FLOWERS.
I loved this book! Olivia was such a wonderful storyteller, and although she's completely despicable in FLOWERS, I learned through her story why she turned out the way she did and... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2002 by Celeste M. Harmer
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