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Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger Family 5) [Paperback]

Virginia Andrews
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2 April 2007 Dollanganger Family 5

The prequel to the compelling saga that began with ‘Flowers in the Attic’, repackaged for a new generation of fans.


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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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000617549X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006175490
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

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 Virginia Andrews died in 1986, leaving a considerable amount of unpublished work.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about the Foxworths 14 Dec 2002
If you have read the other books in this series you will love this one because you learn the origins of the characters. The past behind that cruel heartless grandmother who locked her grandchildren up in the attic, the grandfather who we anxiously waited for him to die and the family background of Corrine and the truth about her past.
A must read book for lovers of Flowers in the attic
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4.0 out of 5 stars essential to the plot ! 29 Jun 2004
If you have read the other 4 books in this series,like me not realising that there was a prequel, then you have to get this book ! It's essential reading and leaves you with an 'ah, I get it now' understanding about the other books ! It's a wonderful read.
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Read it and weep. This takes you back to Olivia's meeting with Malcolm, a loveless uncaring father of two boys Mal and Joel until the birth of Corrine where he becomes the doting father who expects her to stay with him until his death.
I would recommend you read this book to find out just where the incestous relationship came from and who exactly was to blame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not essential but still efficient 28 July 2006
I don't think "Garden of Shadows" is essential reading for fans of "Flowers", but it explains a lot about the source of Cathy & Chris's incestuous desires nonetheless. What left deeper impressions on me are the extreme religious fervour of John Amos, and the mystery of whether Malcolm Foxworth actually knew about Corrine's 4 children before his death. I also cannot wait for this whole book (as Olivia'a diary) to be opened or published to the remaining younger members of the Dollangranger family 25 years later (maybe in "Thorns" or "Seeds"), and observe their reactions to the truth that haunted Olivia to her fatal stroke at the end of "Petals". Overall, worth reading for the brilliant descriptions of light and darkness to symbolise good & evil.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME BOOK 1 April 2014
This was a really REALLY good book. I have not read a book this good since reading "God don't like Ugly" and that was nearly three years ago. Reading this book really inspired my old love of reading to return. Olivia's description of her journey lends readers the opportunity to travel with her. I read "Flowers in the Attic" but did not get a chance to read the other books.

In the prologue Olivia gave the indication that she knew people judged her harshly about her treatment of her grandchildren. After reading the book you can't help but to see the humanity in Olivia. Despite her husband's affairs, his secondary treatment of her, his humiliation of her, and raping his stepmother leading to the conception of Corrine, Olivia's devotion to him did not waiver. One can't help but to wonder did her love and devotion come later after the stroke or was it there all along? Also I found myself wondering after what Malcolm put her through she should not have mind allowing Corrine's children to be in the house freely...just to spite Malcolm. Even though she was treated as a sub-female she had one serious flaw that was really manifested after being married to Malcolm: envy, borderline hate, for Alicia and any woman like her.

Olivia's treatment and judgment of Alicia was out of line. When people discuss Olivia they often forget about Alicia. She was an overlooked character who played a pivotal role in this book and the other books following. Alicia didn't deserve what happened to her. I cringed when I read the part about her cutting Alicia's hair. I honestly think Olivia enjoyed it because she had made a comment on how she would never have hair soft like Alicia's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best one yet 15 Sep 2013
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this explained everything to me! why "grandmother" is awful and "mother" is a horrible spoilt woman if you like flowers in the attic you definately need to read this
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4.0 out of 5 stars Garden of Shadows 28 April 2013
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Chilling. I hadn't read this when I read the rest years ago, and now I wish I'd read it first. Explains why people are the way they are! Heart-breaking in parts, an excellent story.
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This is a great end to the series. It shows that the Grandmother wasn't always so cold and that the events in her life led her to be the person who locked away Christopher, Cathy and the twins in the Attic. It really gives you the true nature of Malcolm Foxworth thats almost chilling. The incestous relations of the Foxworth family has some shocking results that give you more of an understanding of what really went on in the other books. Amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
once again thoroughly enjoyed this book and the whole series of the Dollanganger Family.
Published 15 days ago by Wilma Duguid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic opening to a great series of books
Published 1 month ago by Ms. C. Shanley
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
excellent read I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift for the wife that left her happy and kept her off my case for a bit.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Longden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book makes it clear why the grandmother became the way she is. It also reveals more secrets to understand the whole saga fully..
Published 10 months ago by Annette Molin
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
good story read it in no time at all.i always enjoy Virginia Andrews books and once I start them they are so difficult to put down
Published 10 months ago by john mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Virginia Andrews
Well what can I say about this author. She writes enthralling novels that once started you cannot put down, a great read as always
Published 17 months ago by Miss J P Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars sharron
excellent reading. but i knew it would be. i love the dollanganger family series.
have read them over and over
Published 18 months ago by sharron fulleylove
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
The service was excellent and arrived on time I was very pleased with the product it arrived in excellent packaging
Published 18 months ago by Elaine
5.0 out of 5 stars gardeb of shadows
this prequel is very good. nice to read about the reasons why the story turned out the way it did
Published 18 months ago by Angela J. Ward
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