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Heaven (Casteel Family 1)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2008
i was about 15 when i first read this book - i read it through the night and finished it at 7am - i had a hour sleep before i had to get up for school. this book had a massive impact on me at that age. to this day nearly ten years on, i have never found another author whose writings have had such an impact on me. and i have read hundreds if not over a thousand novels over the years. this book, as well as flowers in the attic, were the books that gave me the thirst for reading. i'm just sorry that andrews is dead beacuse the company that now writes under her name has never written anying that can even compare to the real andrews works. this book is a gem - i would however suggest that when you buy it - you must also purchase the following 4 in the series because once you have finished this - you will not be able to wait a couple of days for the next! can anyone reccomend to me a book that is a good as this - i would love to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I had never liked reading until my mum bought home some virginia andrews books 18 years ago i read the back cover of this book and asked if i could borrow it,it took me 8 hours to read it from cover to cover, it went to the toilet with me and in the bath i could not put it down ,not only was this the first one i read but it is the best,i have read everything that has been writen it the virginia andrews name and have loved every one, but this one will always be the best for me , i laughed,i cried and i got angry the whole series is amazing. I have read this book more times than i can count and every time i cant put it down .
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 March 2005
Heaven is the first story of the Casteel-Tatterton saga, in which Heaven Leigh Casteel is the young girl trying to keep herself and her siblings alive and together. If readers have already read the prequel to this series then they know of the unforunate events that came upon Heaven's young mother Leigh. The story begins with Heaven hearing of her true heritage from her grandmother on the eve of her tenth birthday next to a grave in the Willies. Heaven is amazed to know that she came, not from the mother she has always known, but from a wealthy bostonian girl(whom the grave belongs to). After hearing the news Heaven is astounded but she still has that gnawing feeling in her stomach wishing for the love of her father who has always hated her for reasons unbeknown to her. Later on in the book Heaven is sold to strangers for $500 and made to be a cook, cleaner and punchbag to Kitty Dennison. Heaven's only saviour is her step-father Cal who later takes advantage of her vulnerability and once again heaven feels betrayed by the person she loved. This book is truley awe-inspiring and I'd give it 10 out of 10 every time! It is a must read!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2000
I thouroughly enjoyed Heaven and once I had begun reading it I could not put it down. It didn't take long for me to become totally absorbed into Heaven's unbelievable and tragic life, wondering what she would do next. I cant wait to read the next book in the saga, though was a bit dissapointed by the ending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2011
While I felt that the Flowers in the Attic was a excellent book, I feel that the Casteel series is overall the best (at least, the parts written by VC herself) I have read this book 7 or 8 times, and I never get tired of it. And this book is only the beginning of a excellent series, so if you're looking to spend a good amount of hours reading something wonderful, then start with Heaven!

You can't help but feel bad for this poor girl since she is so mistreated by her father for something that was not even her fault! You wonder why things happen the way they do, but much like Flowers in the Attic, the story of Heaven continues through a series, and the Heaven series is just as enjoyable, with VCA's writing talent but a different story from Flowers in the Attic so that this series isn't repetitive or boring. Enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book introduces the Casteel children and their shocking living conditions in a mountain shack in Virginia. The description of the children and their individual personalities is very good and you feel that you really know them and the hardships they are having to live with and encounter at school. Heaven, the older of five siblings, has the added misfortune of being the child born of her fathers first wife who died in childbirth bringing her into the world. This makes for a great deal of resentment between Heaven and her father. I found it a very fast and interesting read and couldn't wait to start the second in the series, Dark Angel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I read this book when I was sixteen and over the years I have reread it a number of times. The strong story line and intresting charcters have made it one of my favorite novels of all time. Heaven Leigh Casteel is a stong and brave charcter who comes arcoss many hardships in her young life in the mountain community of America. Her brothers and sisters also have to overcome obstacles and the story deals with place time and indenity. The Father Luke Casteel is an enigma a harsh man who also has had to find his place in the world as he mourns his beloved Angel. The story is powerful and sets up what is to follow in a intriguing way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I love this book so much! It grips me! Heaven and the other books in the Casteel Series really touch me. It makes you think that these things really could be happening in real life. It brings tears to my eyes the way Heaven and her brothers and sisters are sold by their father. And every trial and tribulation that heaven encounters... you feel them with her every step of the way! Must buy!!!
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on 2 July 2015
Written from Heaven Leigh Casteel's perspective, the story is about the Casteel family who live in poverty in a cabin. They are ostracized by the community and struggle to survive the hardship of winter. Heaven also suffers from the intense dislike from her father, Luke, who can't forgive Heaven because his wife, the love of his life, died giving birth to her.

Luke remarries Sarah and they have Tom, Fanny, Keith and Jane. When life becomes unbearable, Sarah leaves and Luke does the unthinkable he sells his own children. The gripping story sweeps us into Heaven's life with her new adoptive parents and how she copes in a new environment away from her half-siblings.

Virginia Andrews story telling is fantastic. She grips you into Heaven's life and makes you care about what happens to her and her siblings. The plot is good, the characters interesting but there were a number of typos in my edition (which was published in 1993) that caused a distraction.

Once finished you'll be desperate to read the next book in the saga.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2001
heavan was a beautiful poor young girl, her father hated the site of her as her mother died in child birth which she did not know of until she was 10 years old. Her brother Tom took care of her and fanny dispised her the two youngest loved her too bits as she did the housework and cooking in the shack in the hills, especialy after Sarah left. Then her father sold her brothers and sisters then finaly her. she ended up with a witch of a foster mother and seduced by cal her foster father. kitty treated her badly.. .excellent book my most favoured of the late Virginia Andrews and I have read every one.
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