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Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger #4)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  20,732 ratings  ·  320 reviews
Cathy and Chris, haunted by the tragedies and sins of the past, return at last to Foxworth Hall, where they were hidden so long ago. Despite every endeavour, they find that they are prisoners of a past they cannot escape.
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Published January 1st 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1984)
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Chris
This is all that you need to know about this book:
Uncle Joel: "Evil! Evil! Evil! Sin! Sin! Sin!"
Bart: "Mother, if you stop sleeping with your brother, I'll be nice and good forever and ever. Until then, I WILL DESTROY YOU ALL!”
Cathy: Is too busy eavesdropping on the rest of her family to have much to say.
Melodie: "How can I possibly be expected to love someone who is only half a man? Oh, heeeeyyyy Bart."
Jory: "I sure wish Melodie would come to see me. What does she do with her time anyway?"
Chris...more
sj
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Wow. Almost done with the Dollangangers, thank goodness. Only two books left to cover in this series, and this one is probably going to be the most difficult to write about. Why difficult? Because it sucked. Seriously. This book was terrible. Combine all of the horribly tragic events of the first two books into one, add Chris and Cathy as an old married couple and you have this dreck.

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Lori
"Seeds of Yesterday" is the final saga of Cathy and Chris from the "Flowers in the Attic" series and the characters have come full circle in this novel.
It is now many years after the end of "If There Be Thorns". Cathy is fifty-two and Chris is fifty-four. Jory has grown up to marry his childhood sweetheart, Melodie, and both have become successful dancers. Bart has just graduated from Harvard Law School and although, as Cathy points out, his psychiatrists have declared him "cured", it quickly b...more
Liz
"If I blink my eyes just once, I'm twelve years old again, and you're fourteen. I can see you as you were then...but I can't see me. Chris, why can't I see me?" ~ Cathy
His crooked smile was bittersweet. "Because I've stolen all the memories of what you were and stored them in my heart." ~ Chris

A bittersweet ending to an incredible series! I loved this story and all the players in it. What an imaginative and creative collection of books. Although I have yet to read the "prequel" I am pleased wi...more
Trudy
Again, I say my copies are worn and dog eared from the multiple readings.

These books fully engrossed my imagination - twice. I may have to read them agian now that I am reviewing them for this site.

This book is picks up with the third generation of dysfunction. Cathy's two sons and their rivalry. They return to Foxworth Hall (or at least the rebuilt version)which has been left to Bart (Cathy's son by her mother's second husband - gotta love it). However, it seems that Bart's desire to have what...more
Claire
I'm so glad I'm done. The first book was amazing, the second was great, the third was alright, but infuriating at time and by the 4th I had stopped caring. I know the entire saga is meant to be based on a true story, but that has to be one truth stretched to it's limits.



I wanted to put this book down so many times, but was determined to see it through. Every character, with the exception of Jory bugged me. Bart was just hateful, I know he had "problems" but why did he have to take them out on e...more
Rabbit {Go Go Power Rangers}
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Trisha
Ahh, the last book in the Dollanganger family series. Such a dark and scandalous family full of secrets, incest, murder, and characters struggling to move forward. Emotional and intense - V.C. Andrews definitely stumbled onto a literary gold mine.
Hester
Chris and Cathy come from a long line of poor decision makers, and they continue that tradition when they return to the new Foxworth Hall to celebrate Bart's graduation from Harvard and his twenty-fifth birthday. What they think is a one night stay before moving to Hawaii turns into a three year long run in hell.

Cathy and Chris are still the same bores they always were.
Jory (ugh, that name) is still mister perfect.
Bart is still an oozing walking herp sore that's consistently on its period.
Cindy...more
Ashley S.
This by far is the craziest of all the books. You simply have to read it for yourself.
It seems, well to me, that history repeats itself in this book..because Cathy and Chris are a lot like their own parents and Jory and Bart and Cindy are almost like them when they were younger. Jory and his first wife...reminded me so much of Cathy and Julian...not that Jory was anything like his father..in fact he was not even close...in my opinion he seemed like the most normal out of the bunch. But when Jor...more
Mayra
Obviously none of this is realistic, so I absolutely love when things start getting scandalous and exciting. If There Be Thorns was hopelessly disappointing and I'm glad that Seeds of Yesterday seems a bit more like V.C. Andrews. it's not like there are any new sorts of characters, really. Most of them are blonde--no, freaking ALL of the females are blonde, and there's always the obsessively romantic, naiive girl, later called a slut for finding some romance (Cathy, and later Cindy), and the hel...more
Nic
Think I'll do a re-read and relive my childhood! My rating reflects that I loved all the books in the series when I read them but I'll need to update once I've re-read. I wonder if my 'grown up' opinion will be different to that of a thirteen-year-old who had never read anything like this before!
Sylvia
lordt, there is nothing at all redeeming about this installment of a story that starts with ridiculous but somehow also emotionally actually engaging childhood trauma and then closes on ... what exactly? endless description of what it's like to be depressed? endless tolerance of looneytunes Bart's psychotic tendencies when they could all easily leave? i don't even know where to start on Cindy's portrayal which was simultaneously nuts and somehow far too normal for these books, but i'm spared any...more
Melissa
I read the VC Andrews Flower in The Attic series as a young teenager. After reading the other reviews I was struck by the fact that so many people had commented that they weren’t allowed to read these books or had to hide them from their parents and/or teachers.

I don’t remember my mother ever having a problem with me reading these books, in fact, I’m sure she must have purchased them for me. As long as I was reading, she was fine with it. I don’t however remember them being quite as scandalous...more
Connie J.estrada
I DID NOT LIKE THE CONSTAUNT FUED BETWEEN BART AND JORY. BARTS JELOUSY OF HIS BROTHER SHOULD NEVER HAVE GONE TO THE LENGTHS IT DID. IT WAS ONLY MORE COMPOUNDED WHEN "UNCLE JOEL" RESURFACE AND TRIED TO INSINUTE HIMSELF INTO THE FAMILY. I DON'T LIKE HOW THE CINDY CHARACTER WAS SO ANXIOUS TO HAVE SEX EVERY FEW MINUTE. WHAT REALLY PISSED ME OFF IS HOW QUICKLY MELODY WANTED TO LEAVE THE MINUTE JORY WAS PARALIZED. AND HOW SHE KEPT QUIET ABOUT HER GOING INTO LABOR, IT SEEMED AS IF SHE WANTED TO NOT HAV...more
Brittni
This book was much better than the third one, yet it still read like the ghostwriter's style to me. It would be that way foreverafter.

I found it pretty predictable on the whole. And the vengeful old man character having been in the background of every book is just plain annoying. The uncle seemed exactly like the old servant from the third book, who was just like Malcolm. A circle of cookie cutter men.

I was pleasantly surprised with Cathy's character in this book. Rather than the stupid decision...more
Judy
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Iolanda
I can say for sure that this most definitely kept me reading but sadly, wasn't as enthralling as the first and second book of the series.. It felt like I was being forced to watch a lame TV Soap Opera. I didn't really want to but I naturally had to so I could officially know that I could read something else. This book was sick. And not in a positive way. These books are like eating Pringles, once you pop, you can't stop.

The Dollanganger family return to Foxworth Hall and it's refurbished but Chr...more
A.L. Waddington
Seeds of Yesterday, the fourth installment in the Dollanganger Family series, returns to Catherine as the narrator. The story picks up her son’s Jory and Bart in their 20’s and Catherine and Christopher in their 50’s. Their adopted daughter, Cindy is now in her late teens. Bart is still a very unstable young man who is viciously jealous of his famous ballet dancer brother Jory and his dancing partner and beautiful wife Melody. Bart also hates his adopted sister, Cindy and does everything to make...more
Gaby
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Chisom *AngelBooky*
This was the best out of the whole series. I mean it really just tore me up! I couldn't help going crazy at how u-know-who-if-you-read-the-story died. I just couldn't help crying. It was just so beautiful! I have the whole series at home. I remember my older brothers and sisters letting me read it when i was only 8 and there was nothing else 2 read. I know what your thinking IT"S AN ADULT BOOK but i just couldn't help myself. I love reading that much! And about 5 or 6 yrs later i can't help but...more
Rebeca May
Y aquí es donde todo termina, mi poco cariño por la saga que me quedó después de Si hubiera espinas, y la saga misma. De haber sabido, no lo hubiera leído nunca.

Lo terminé de leer, porque tenía que terminarlo, tenía que concluir la saga, tenía que conocer los últimos límites de los personajes, pero esta última situación es tan forzada. Ponen a todos de nuevo Foxworth Hall, estamos hablando de una historia turbulenta, pero esto sadismo puro pero sin sentido. No avanzamos mucho y encontramos a otr...more
Christine
I didn't really understand the point of this book. I kept thinking it was going somewhere but in the end, it was just more random tragedy that was never fully explained. Bart's character, which I found perplexing in the prequel to this novel, grew even more perplexing in this novel. Worse, I didn't understand his family's actions in relation to him. I was also baffled by Cathy, who had made sense to me in the first few books, even when she behaved badly. The ending was abrupt and random.
Sarah
The final chapter in the Dollanganger series. Bart has had Foxworth Hall rebuilt and Cathy and Chris return there as custodians until Bart's 25th birthday when he gains his fortune. Unfortunately, yet again, things go wrong, dreadful accidents happen, were they deliberate, or just an accident! Bart doesn't get everything his own way and quite frankly I skipped most of it just to find out what happens in the end. Just one book too far, too farcical, too outlandish.
Peter Meredith
Apr 07, 2011 Peter Meredith rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Re-reading books again. This I just picked up from my daughter's room and wished instead I had picked up her clothes and done some laundry. Like almost everyone, I read the series as a teen but now...dull! I can't get myself to care for any of the characters, the writing is amazing in that I can't understand how I ever like this when I was younger. Every room and article of clothing is given so much attention, while the characters are all so flat.
Paulina
Apr 18, 2014 Paulina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who REALLY like the whole story
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¿Por dónde empiezo, a ver?

Este libro me hizo sacar muchas canas que no sabía que existían hasta hoy. De verdad. Es un libro sencillamente contradictorio y aunque resulta refrescante que retorne al punto de vista de Catherine (cuánto bien le hizo creer y madurar, en serio, al menos no quise matarla tanto como me sucedió en Pétalos al Viento), es tan... agh. La historia es prácticamente un reciclaje de cuanto ocurrió en el segundo...more
Cham Perez
Seeds of Yesterday is the end of Chris and Cathy's side of the story. The book itself is dark, like all the previous books of the series.

Now that they've returned to Foxworth Hall, that one house who gave them such trauma and nightmares, their lives couldn't get any messier. Like before, they're imprisoned and could not seem to get out of the house like they're tied there. Even though they have money and the drive to do so, they just couldn't escape the clutches of their past and how it somehow...more
Michelle
This is really 2 1/2 stars. This book was terrible, but I kept going (as the slowest pace ever). My plan was to reread the entire series, but like so many others have said, I should have stopped at the 3rd book (which really was a great book). There is no way I am going to even consider rereading the final book, Garden of Shadows. V.C. Andrews was a decent writer but the ghost writer simply does not have her flair.
Ann Bailey
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Sam Woodfield
So this is the concluding Dollanganger series and as per the others it is action packed and does not disappoint in its conclusion.
This novel is some time on from the time described in book 3. Bart has inherited his grandmothers fortune, Jory fulfilled his ambition to become a world famous dancer and Cathy and Chris are happily living their lives together. But as the family move into Foxworth Hall to help Bart come of age, the past of the hall come back to haunt them and turn their lives upside d...more
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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 w...more
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