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Gates of Paradise (Casteel #4)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  9,584 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Stunned by tragedy, desperate and alone, Heaven's daughter clung to the frailest of dreams!

The car crash that killed Heaven and Logan left Annie Casteel Stonewall orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by the possessive Tony Tatterton, Annie pines for her lost family, but especially for Luke, her half-brother. Friend of her childhood, her fantasy prince

Paperback, 488 pages
Published July 15th 1990 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Feb 19, 2013 Sarina rated it it was amazing
I find everyone's distaste for this book rather interesting, as it was my favorite of all five in the Casteel series. Even if the Troy-being-her-dad storyline was not new for the reader, it was new for Annie, and I liked seeing him through her eyes. Luke and Annie's relationship was cute to me, although on the incest-y side; when I heard that both Fanny and Heaven were expecting at the same time, I figured their offspring would either grow up hating or loving each other. I am glad to see it is t ...more
Jun 12, 2010 Michelle rated it did not like it
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This book was terrible, a sad, sad echo of the first book in the series. The main character Annie is sickeningly sweet and good, much like Heaven was but so much more annoying. The relationship with her half-brother/cousin is...strange and unbelievable. Tony Tatterton, sigh, it's just a rehash of the previous two books in the series. And most of the time Annie is stranded in one room, confused about her nurse, Tony, her half-brother/cousin/lover, blahblahblahblah. ...more
Apr 12, 2012 V H rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
The three first books were told by Heaven, but this book is told by Heaven’s daughter Annie. It’s interesting to read about how she finds out her family’s secrets. It’s also interesting to see how she deals with everything after a terrible accident, what she does to deal with it and how other people treat her.

Some things in the book, and some characters, are just sick, unfortunately people like that exist in the real world as well, and what Annie thinks about it and how she deals with it is very
Sep 30, 2013 Chelsea rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed with this book. I felt that the story line was definitely lacking and it was very obvious that this book was written by the ghost writer. I also noticed that even some of the names were wrong in this book, such as saying Logan's middle name was Robert when all through the previous books it was stated that his middle name was Grant. Also, Drake's full name was wrong. I just feel that this book was poorly written and the ghost writer did not take much care to make sure th ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Jeni rated it it was ok
Least favorite in the series.
Novels that were truly written by Ms. Andrews were Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, My Sweet Audrina, Heaven, and Dark Angel. When Virginia became seriously ill while writing the Casteel series, she began to work even harder, hoping to finish as many stories as possible so that her fans could one day share them. Since her death many have wondered whether there would continue to be new V.C. Andrews novels. Beginning wit
Delicious Strawberry
Oct 27, 2012 Delicious Strawberry rated it really liked it
While not as good as the other Casteel books (possibly because it was finished by Andrew Neiderman after VCAndrew's death), this book is still a very good read. The ending felt a bit rushed, but if you read the first three Heaven books and want to see how the saga closes, pick up this book. There's not as much action in here since it's supposed to be the end of the Casteel saga so the ending might feel cliched and I definitely think it could have been better, but c'est la vie. 4 out of five star ...more
Sara Stuckey
Dec 04, 2007 Sara Stuckey rated it it was ok
Honestly, I can't remember if I read this one or not.

But if I's what happened:

Young teen-aged girl, poor cruel family, hot older brother, gets adopted by cruel rich adoptive-family, hot adoptive father (or step-father), hot adoptive brother (or step-brother), SEX SEX SEX, cruel, rich, adoptive family dies bequeathing everything to now-sexually-active pregnant-with-brother's-child, teen-aged girl.

Something like that.

And yet...I couldn't put these books down!
Oct 29, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
This is my least favorite book in the series and it grates on my nerves after just a few chapters. One thing that really bothers me throughout the novel is that eighteen-year-old Annie still calls her parents "Mommy" and "Daddy". The whole fantasy Farthy thing in the beginning is extremely repetitive and the recuperation at Farthy becomes that way after a while also. The only thing that saves this novel is the appearance of Troy at the end.
Veronica Foale
It's like junk food for my brain. Don't judge me. Meh it was okay for a VA book.
Mar 25, 2014 Rossy rated it it was ok
Book number four in the Casteel saga.
Even though I finished it in only two days, I didn't really like it.
Everything is so predictable, you KNOW what's going to happen and can't believe some of the decisions that are made by the characters.
I definitely hated the way things ended for Heaven (and Logan). They portrayed Logan as a totally different person, and maybe he changed, after all, many years had passed since the third book but I didn't think Heaven would've allowed such behaviour
Nov 18, 2013 Billie rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, library-book
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star

I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003.

I have read:
-Dollanganger Series
-Casteel Series
-Cutler Series
-Landry Series
-Logan Series
-Orphans Series
-Wildflowers Series
-Hudson Series
-Shooting Stars Series
-DeBeers Series
-Broken Wings Series

As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because
Jun 18, 2012 Chandler rated it it was ok
Shelves: best-series
This was by far the weakest book in the Casteel family series, partly because it shifted POV from Heaven (who I'd grown to love and had been so used to from the other three books) and partly because of the unsatisfying "ending" to Heaven's story. I felt like she deserved so much more. The story lines seemed a bit redundant by this book (although I understand why they were written). It still had the same feel as the other books but I think I had just hoped for something different.
The Casteel family saga continues for Heaven's daughter Annie. When her parents are tragically killed in a car accident Annie is taken to Farthinggale Manor, a place she has always dreamt of visiting. But on her arrival Annie quickly realizes it is a cold and dark place, still hiding many family secrets.
Cassi Brown
Mar 17, 2015 Cassi Brown rated it really liked it
I dont understand why other people gave this book such bad reviews. This may have truthfully been my favorite one of the series. Was nice to have such a happy ending after all the sadness.
Jun 20, 2007 Christina rated it it was amazing
The second big Andrews series and the one I liked the most. Something about the Casteel family hit a stronger chord than the Dollanganger clan.
Jun 08, 2010 Karla rated it did not like it
Terrible. And yet, I must read this damn series to the end.
Jan 19, 2016 Leigh rated it liked it
Shelves: old-favourites, 2015
I remember enjoying this book when I was a teenager, I think I might've given it five stars back then. However as an adult I can't understand how I even read the book to the end. Annie could've been better written maybe had a backbone of some sort. Even this time I felt like I might be able to relate to her a little, but then she became some spoiled child, throwing fits and tantrums. The creepiness of Annie's dreams of romance were a bit much and were difficult to understand. There was no abuse, ...more
Jan 29, 2016 Iolanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One lousy star.

Yes, it was that bad. And maybe because the narrator was another dismal, crappy lifeless ghostwriter character. I wasn't expecting it since Heaven was the complete opposite, everything that her daughter, Annie isn't. It's a shame Heaven and Logan died in a car crash, causing Annie to become crippled and being sent back to Farthinggale Manor back to her great-grandfather (supposed to be but is actually her grandfather) Tony. Despite longing for her half brother, Luke Jr (absolut
Kim Smiley
Aug 13, 2009 Kim Smiley rated it really liked it
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Jan 15, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok
The 4th book in the Casteel series. In this book, Heaven, Logan and their daughter Annie are living in Winnerrow. Annie and her half brother Luke have a close bond and even share the same birthday.

After attending Fannie's birthday party, Logan, driving drunk, crashes and he and Heaven are killed, leaving Annie alone and paralyzed. Drake, the son Heaven paid Fannie for in book 3 is now grown and in college. Because of Luke and Annie's fascination with Farthy, Drake visits and then decides after t
Dec 29, 2009 Carrie rated it it was ok
Gates of Paradise is the fourth book in V. C. Andrews’ Casteel series. The focus is on Heaven’s daughter, Annie, who is about to turn eighteen. She lives in Winnerow with Heaven and Logan and her sort-of-uncle Drake (now in college). There is no one she is closer to in the world than Luke Jr., the son of her aunt Fanny and father Logan. She often dreams of being with him forever, despite the fact that they are half-siblings (as far as they know). They fantasize together, often including Farthing ...more
Aug 28, 2016 Marna added it
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Niobe Garcia
Mar 02, 2013 Niobe Garcia rated it it was ok
Not a big fan of this one. For starters, I couldn't get past the fact that Heaven had died (and so young). It just seemed unfair, the way life continued to play such mean tricks on the poor girl. I wasn't much of a fan of Annie Stonewall. The book just didn't seem part of the other 3 books. I know that the author changed by this point, but I was unable to become sympathetic with Annie. Her feelings for Luke were always described as fairy tales which made me think of young children love, which wa ...more
Melody Manful
May 17, 2012 Melody Manful rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Okay, I haven't read anyone of the Casteel series until my grandfather came home with Gates of Paradise from his ship, and I 'borrowed it', well stole it's more like it -- because once I read the prologue I couldn't put the book down! I loved every word in the book. It's safe to say that since I got the book in 2008, I've read it more than 200 times. This is how much I loved this book. V.C. Andrews is totally an inspiration, and this book was amazing. I get that people don't find it the stronges ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Mar 14, 2015 Jamie rated it liked it
Ok so here it is honestly.... SPOILER ALERT!!!
This book is honestly the worst V.C. Andrews of all 9 I have read. Typical storyline that follows the same pattern that all the first 8 did. Tragedy, victim, knight coming to the rescue, incest etc. About midway through the book 50-75 pages of useless not going nowhere storyline. I would have only given 2 stars yet now i have to read the last book. The only reason I read the first set was because I saw the lifetime movie did some research found it w
Jul 10, 2015 Ever rated it really liked it
This is my 1st book i have read in the Casteel series so i can't understand why some gave this a bad review. For me it was interesting the story of annie and her half-brother though i kinda admit that it is weird when I am reading the description at the back of the book (the annie and his half-brother luke to be exact) but i have gone to the review of this book earlier so i knda found out that troy is the real father... oh well lesson learned but Im glad I bought this book but the ending is too ...more
Jul 24, 2015 GilliansCafe rated it liked it
I do wish V.C. Andrews were still alive.....if for no other reason than for me to ask about her INCEST fettish! YISH!!!!

Okay.... with as little spoilers as possible, Heaven and Logan's(?) daughter Annie ends up living with Grandpa Tony at Farthy because of an accident. Previous to the accident, she has had, because of her mother's sketchy tales, a very romanticized version of her mother's family home. She finds out very differently. More often than not, fantasy and reality are two very opposit
Connie J.estrada
Sep 29, 2011 Connie J.estrada rated it it was amazing
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Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name

Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man
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