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Hidden Leaves (De Beers #5)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,978 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The truth could not be revealed -- until now....
A fter the tragic death of her adoptive father, Willow De Beers receives an unexpected gift: a family diary that unlocks all the secrets of her world -- and shatters the life she's known in glitzy Palm Beach, Florida. At last, Willow learns the identity of her real father, and unearths his secret love affair with her real m
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 7th 2014 by Gallery Books (first published 1995)
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There were so many things wrong with the DeBeers series overall, and this book is even sadder than the other books. I simply could not enjoy this book. No one makes any sense.

If Claude cared for Grace at all, he would have found a way to be with her. He was rich and successful, and he was unhappy with his wife and for whatever reason, stayed with her instead of taking the obvious choice and divorcing her. And poor Grace, condemned to spending the rest of her life alone, never seeing Claude again
Kim Smiley
I hated this book so much I couldn't even finish it. If you're a V.C. Andrews fan, I DO NOT recommend the DeBeers series. It's by far, the worst series in all of V.C. Andrews books. I'm 5 books away from reading every Andrews book written, and I felt I wasted my time on this series. I've loved every series I've read from this author, EXCEPT this one. I've found it extremely boring, every book was never interesting until it was almost over. And this one, which is a prequel to "Willow," was far to ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the shortest book in the DeBeers series, but it took me the longest to read...

I wasn't very impressed with this title, or this particular family storyline in general. None of the DeBeers secrets were very shocking, and this book didn't exactly reveal anything that I didn't know already from reading the previous books in the series. If it had brought something new to Grace's story I would have enjoyed it. As it is I wonder why it was written in the first place, besides the obvious reason
Chelsea Gouin
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The problem with the last book in any of VC Andrews series is that the stories have already been told in the previous volumes. This one I think was especially weak because it didn't offer anything new. There was no surprise twist that Andrews usually throws in. Everything was as had been told in previous novels. Unfortunately, the narration from Claude made the story even worse. He just repeated how he was at this crossroads and blah, blah failed miserably in creating a romantic story. ...more
Oct 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hidden Leaves is easily the best book in the De Beers series. It is refreshing to have a prequel told from the perspective of a male character, which is rare for V.C. Andrews series. Claude is a good doctor and basically a good man who marries the wrong woman and then, sadly, falls in love with the right woman at the wrong time. This turn of events spirals into something deeper, which has a lasting effect on the lives of all the women around him--his wife, his lover and eventually, his daughter. ...more
Anne Marie
This final book of the De Beers series is another "flash back" to the diary Willow's father put together for her about how she came to be. It basically told the love story between Willow's father and her mother, Grace, when she was in his mental clinic. It also told about Alberta, Claude's wife, and how she thought of and badly treated Willow. This particular book had the prequel, Dark Seed, which told about Willow in the years right up to college, right before her father died and she was given ...more
Sharon Brailey-Poulter
It was very repetitive to the rest of the series and didn't reveal anything new.
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I am the biggest V.C. Andrews fan ever (OF THE OLDER BOOKS actually written by V.C. Andrews)!!!! The ghost writer is usually a hit or a miss. When I rate the books written by him, I can't help but compare them to the original books. This is why I can only rate this book a 2/5. It was boring and did nothing to complete the De Beers Series. I was also really annoyed that Kirby was referred to as Kyle twice in this book. It is pretty bad when the author messes up the name of his own character. I di ...more
This was a nice look into how Willow's true parents met and fell in love. Nice is the only word I can think of to put with this book. It was OK. It attempted to finish off the series that was dangerously falling to bits. The last part of this book was back in the perspective of Willow. When I realised this I thought it was going to be about her thoughts and reflections after everything we had read so far about her and her daughter. Erm, no. A big fat Family Fortunes style NO. It was basically a ...more
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
Jodie Angeline Lee
Some things confuse me about the time line for this series. We assume that it is set around a similar time to when it was written for the whole willow series. obviously not exact as it jumps years. Either way you look at it though Willows real mother would have been born well before the Internet came about and yet as a teenager she describes computers and email as though it's modern times. So is the rest of the series set in the future then?

It's confusing..... but it is nice to see how Willows r
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really clever, ties in with the rest of the DeBeers stories perfectly and it flows so well and encapsulates bits and pieces that were mentioned in the rest of the novels but in greater detail for you to understand the machinations of the characters more.
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a good prequel to the DeBeers series and it was necessary in understanding a lot of things that happened in the series. Unfortunately, this is one of the last good Andrews series before they start getting kind of weak.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Huh faintly remember this one. But it was interesting. This one is another prequel. Sad yet again but you can't help but keep reading all the same. That is if you want to complete the series instead of stopping halfway in to the series or something. Maybe I'll read the other series. Maybe.
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best, most loved series/authors of all time. V.C. Andrews books are something so easily recognizable and new books continue to evolve to go with the times and bring in a whole new generation of loving readers
Nov 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible. It read like one of those stupid harlequin romance novels. "Oh woe! I love her so much! She's my patient and I've only known her for 5 minutes, but LOVE! I feel so much gosh darn wonderful love in her presence!" Oh please. The diary format made it even worse.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typos. Lots and lots of Typos. Kirby Scott was changed to Kyle Scott and someone said "I go to go"
This was the last book in the De Beers series, and Im kinda glad to be done with it. Hopefully as I move on down the list of VC Andrews, they will stay as good as they were before the De Beers.
It was a while back since I've read this one.. but I thought it was about Willow reading her Dad's letters (or was it a diary?). Kinda strange order in the series, it feels like this should have been the third book instead of the fifth.
Lindsay Patton
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot.
V.C. Andrew books has always been one of my little guilty pleasures!
Susan Olinger
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Galion Public Library Teens
Review by S.I.: "Great book. Recommended to my aunt."
Nicole Mathias
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
v.c. andrews books are all absolutely amazing and very easily distinguishable from any other authors. i love the darkeness, secrets, lies, very addicting, i have almost every single book!
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: V. C. Andrews Fans.
Recommended to Dawn by: I read all of her books
This was the last book in the Willow series by V. C. Andrews. It was a good read, but not one of my favorites.
Mary Reed
Read years ago.
Mar 16, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I though this book wasn't as good of a read as the ones I have allready read from this author.
Nikki Marie
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
v.c. andrews books are all absolutely amazing and very easily distinguishable from any other authors. i love the darkeness, secrets, lies, very addicting, i have almost every single book!
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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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