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Gates of Paradise (Casteel #4)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  10,232 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
When Annie's parents are killed and Annie is paralyzed from the waist down, she is taken to Farthinggale Manor under the care of her mysterious "great-grandfather", Tony Tatterton. As Annie yearns to recover and to see her half-brother again, she must face the sinister plans of Tony Tatterton and the shadowy secrets of Farthinggale Manor.
Hardcover, 443 pages
Published June 15th 1989 by Poseidon Press (first published January 1st 1989)
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Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 09, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
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
Oct 23, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara Stuckey
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!
Veronica Foale
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
It's like junk food for my brain. Don't judge me. Meh it was okay for a VA book.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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