the characters were a little confusing to keep track of, but at the end, the entire book came together. This book kept me interested and I finished it...morethe characters were a little confusing to keep track of, but at the end, the entire book came together. This book kept me interested and I finished it rather quickly.(less)
THE BEST John Saul book ever. The second book I read by this author. I couldn't put it down and I finished it in 2 days. I'd recommend this if you wan...moreTHE BEST John Saul book ever. The second book I read by this author. I couldn't put it down and I finished it in 2 days. I'd recommend this if you want a page-turner that keeps you going up until the last page.(less)
Not the best from John Saul. After reading numerous books by this author, I found it to be very easy to figure out. I knew what was going to happen ev...moreNot the best from John Saul. After reading numerous books by this author, I found it to be very easy to figure out. I knew what was going to happen even before I was half way through the book. This is mediocre, especially for this author. I'm looking forward to his newest book, coming out sometime this year. (less)
So much of this book I had forgotten as I haven't picked it up in over 20 years. Now that cable has made these books into a series of movies, I just w...moreSo much of this book I had forgotten as I haven't picked it up in over 20 years. Now that cable has made these books into a series of movies, I just wanted to see how true to the book they were keeping it. They did a great job with Flowers in the Attic, but on this book, they did change quite a bit.
This book picks up right after Cathy, Carrie and Christopher leave Foxworth Hall. They get on a bus and are headed for Florida where they think they may have a shot at being circus performers. Unfortunately, Carrie is violently ill. So ill, a hefty mute black woman helps them out and brings them to her employer, Dr. Paul Sheffield. It is determined that Carrie is sick from ingesting arsenic. Cathy tells Dr. Paul the entire sordid story about their mother and being in that attic for 3 1/2 years before escaping. She is only 15 yrs. old, Carrie is 8 and Christopher is 18. This kind Dr. takes them in like they are his own. He even makes them his ward. Christopher, who wants to be a Dr., has a lot to learn from Paul. He is sent to a school to study and graduate, while Cathy stays at home and goes to school. Carrie, who never grew correctly due to lack of sunlight, is sent to an all girls school 10 miles away. She and Christopher come home on the weekends.
Paul is immediately taken by Cathy and this book is a bit twisted just like Flowers. Not only is Christopher wanting and trying to persuade Cathy to be with him again, Paul lets her know even though he is in his 40's, he finds her extremely attractive as well. This whole book is mostly about Cathy and her revenge on her mother. Never has anyone wanted revenge as badly as she does. She will show her mother. She becomes a very successful prima ballerina just like she said she would. She does get involved with Paul, only to cut him loose and go to New York with Julian, a dancer who is perfect for her. Unfortunately, this guy has an awful temper to go with his dreadful personality. The only thing he was good for was her career, and to give her a child. Things don't go well for Julian though. Karma has a way of coming back on people and it was not good to Julian.
Just when Cathy could return to Paul and find happiness with him, as he would make a wonderful father to her son Jory, she decides to move closer to Foxworth Hall, as revenge is long overdue. She finds a way to "meet" her mother's husband, Bart Winslow. Another man she seduces and weaves into her web of deceit as she plans on soon ruining her mother's existence.
And oh, how she ruins it. Not to spoil this very long book, (but worth every page)but Cathy outdoes herself at the end of this installment, by showing up at her mother's party at Foxworth Hall to tell all. This entire segment will have your eyes flying over the pages with utter shock as you learn even more evil deeds her mother is guilty of. And while we're hearing them, so is Bart.
And the book ends with yet another shocker as to who Cathy really ends up with. Now I have to reread If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday before the movies come out. It's cool to see just how close the movies will tell these twisted tales!(less)
**spoiler alert** A very good book. The first in this V.C. Andrews series. A young teenage girl who lives in a trailerpark close to her Daddy's work i...more**spoiler alert** A very good book. The first in this V.C. Andrews series. A young teenage girl who lives in a trailerpark close to her Daddy's work in the coalmines. After a tragic accident that takes her father away, young Melody's frivolous mother decides to take off with her new boyfriend, Archie to try and become the model/actress she wished to be before she became pregnant and married.
Melody is dropped off in Cape Cod to live w/ relatives who she never met. Her father's brother, his wife and two children. Left by her mother with this family she has never met, Melody begins to unravel the secrets of the Logan family, including the realization that her father was not her biological Dad. Between her Uncle and Grandmother who can barely look at her, Melody finds friendly in faces of her cousins, Cary, a handsome senior at her new high school, and May, 10 years old and deaf.
The book is a page turner. You're continuously wondering what secret Melody will uncover next. The book continues with the second in the series, Heart Song.(less)
A great ending to what I consider a 3 book series. This book picks up where Heartsong left off. Melody is off to LA to find her mother. Through many t...moreA great ending to what I consider a 3 book series. This book picks up where Heartsong left off. Melody is off to LA to find her mother. Through many twists, turns and learning about the real-world, Melody gets the answers she's desperately looking for. They just might be not the ones she wants.
The character really develops into a brave young woman throughout the book, and she finds one secret after another. Just when you think you know all there is to know, 20 pages before the book ends comes another bombshell that you didn't even see coming. Wonderfully written.
I consider this only a 3 book series and not a 5 book series because the next 2 books no longer deal with the character of Melody. The 4th book deals with the life of a character that was already dead in book one. The 5th book deals with the young life of the Grandmother Logan, an evil supporting character throughout the series. I didn't find the characters of that much interest to invest 2 more books that have nothing to do with the main character, Melody.(less)
A word of caution to people considering reading this book. Chapter One is considerably graphic as Olivia recounts finding her sister giving birth in h...moreA word of caution to people considering reading this book. Chapter One is considerably graphic as Olivia recounts finding her sister giving birth in her bedroom to a stillborn 7 month old baby. I wasn't sure I was going to read this book because I hated the character of Olivia throughout this 5 book series, but even after reading just Chapter One, I can see why she is the way she is. I think it's going to be a good read.
Ok, I hated this character for the first 4 books in the series. While I still do not condone some of her behaviors and decisions, I now feel pity for this character. After finishing this book, this character is a strong willed woman. But it seems as though she has never had a choice not to be. She's the President of a huge company that only she is capable of running. She cares for her sick parents and has to put up with her sister, who is in constant trouble. All of the responsibility is on her, whether she wants it or not. And to top it all off, she's got her own children and husband that seem to just get lost in the shuffle. She never really experienced real love and passion, although it is something it seems she desperately wants. Olivia is a classic case of a woman who had to grow up early and take on too much responsibility, never being able to stop and smell the roses or to be happy herself; she was always too busy taking care of everyone else.
A good read; I read more than half of the 400 pages in one day.(less)
So far, this book is as good as "Melody." I can't even remember where one finished and this one began.
We pick up in the summer, Melody and Cary are ou...moreSo far, this book is as good as "Melody." I can't even remember where one finished and this one began.
We pick up in the summer, Melody and Cary are out of school for the summer. Melody takes a job with artist Kenneth, who she believes may be her bio Dad. This book shows the growth of the character of Melody. She becomes very independent, headstrong and determined to find out all the secrets that her now deceased mother took to her grave. Who is her father? Througout the book there are hints of a blossoming relationship between Melody and Cary, as well as hateful relationships she forms with members of the Logan family. The book ends on a cliffhanger. I won't ruin it, but I am eager to read the third book in the series, Unfinished Symphony.(less)
LOVED this book! A perfect ending for the Wildflowers series. The book more or less is about the character of Cat, and the revelations that she stumbl...moreLOVED this book! A perfect ending for the Wildflowers series. The book more or less is about the character of Cat, and the revelations that she stumbles upon regarding her family and who she really is. Things do take an eerie turn and Cat relies on the girls to help her out. A real page-turner. I finished this book in 2-3 days.(less)
One of THE best books by this author. I actually read the four seperate books, Misty, Star, Jade & Cat. All four books are about 150 pages each, t...moreOne of THE best books by this author. I actually read the four seperate books, Misty, Star, Jade & Cat. All four books are about 150 pages each, this book is a combination of all 4 books in one publication.
To summarize this book, it is about 4 girls who all go into therapy due to the circumstances of their parents splitting up and divorcing. Each girl has quite a different story about how they ended up in therapy.
Misty, who's mother cares about nothing more than looking good and not aging. Her father left for a younger woman and an apartment. What happens to Misty is something you'll have to read, I won't ruin it.
Star is a girl from the poor side of town. With an alcoholic mother and a father who walked out on the family, Star had a hard time trying to raise her little brother while her mother whores herself out and drinks herself into oblivion.
Jade is the richest girl of all. Unfortunately, her parents use her as a pawn, a reason to fight in court over her just so the other doesn't have her. Because of her parents, Jade puts herself in danger just looking for someone who cares for her.
Lastly ther is Cat, the most psychologically scarred of them all. A mother that doesn't have a nice bone in her body and her father who is a little "too nice." It took me 4 days to read these books. I highly recommend them. (less)
A haunting book that makes you root for the main character Celeste. In review of this book, Celeste has a twin brother Noble, who dies at the age of 8...moreA haunting book that makes you root for the main character Celeste. In review of this book, Celeste has a twin brother Noble, who dies at the age of 8 in a tragic accident by the river. Celeste's "crazy" mother, has such a hard time dealing with the death of her favorite child, she decides that Celeste should've been the one to die, therefore, Celeste would now be known as Noble and act exactly like him. The mother is crazy, she believes her dead relatives walk the house they live in and the land they live on. Celeste is home-schooled, (their father deceased) and never has the chance to interact with other children, or go into town and act as a normal child would.
This is a good book, that makes you want Celeste to leave the house and her mother. Two books follow, and they're both just as good. It keeps you wanting to know more.(less)
The third book in the series. I was hoping this book would deal with Celeste and her leaving her mother's house. This book is all about the life of "B...moreThe third book in the series. I was hoping this book would deal with Celeste and her leaving her mother's house. This book is all about the life of "Baby Celeste" and how she grew up in an orphanage, only to go into a foster home at 17 yrs. old. Here Baby Celeste learns how cruel the world can be, even though her foster parents provide her with anything and everything she'd ever want. This book comes together at the end, especially regarding the relationship between Celeste and her real mother.(less)
Good book. Picks up where Celeste left off. I don't understand the meaning of the title, because there was no black cat in the book. Celeste/Noble now...moreGood book. Picks up where Celeste left off. I don't understand the meaning of the title, because there was no black cat in the book. Celeste/Noble now has a daughter, who believes Celeste is her brother Noble. THe book deals with Celeste's mother revealing that "Baby Celeste" is the daughter of a distant relative, who died in an auto accident. She marries Baby Celeste's bio grandfather and they raise her as their own. Celeste never tries to leave the house, working as Noble doing all of the maintenance work around the house and tending to the gardens. As the reader, you root for Celeste to come to her senses and take her child and leave. Will she? You'll only find out if she escapes her mother's madness if you read the book!(less)