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Pearl in the Mist

(Landry #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  9,344 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Fate whisked Ruby from a simple life in the Louisiana Bayou. But her new riches bring more treachery than happiness...

Even after a year as a Dumas, Ruby still wonders at the splendor of the family's New Orleans mansion, and rejoices in the love of the father she had never known. But true happiness in her new home is as elusive as the swamp mist. Ruby must carefully avoid

Mass Market Paperback, US / CAN Edition, 384 pages
Published October 2nd 1994 by Pocket Books (first published 1994)
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Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering the amount of good gris-gris Ruby had about her, it didn't do much good. I liked that she kept her faith in it all despite NOTHING going right for her. Way to many black cats being killed for their bones for my liking. My memory must be really muddled with the Andrews books as I remembered this being alot better. I was waiting for a scene that never happened which I was convinced was in this book. Some events I didn't remember at all.

Ruby had a bit more of a backbone in this one.
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
I slid further down the wall with this one. Readable, but, oh so predictable, because well, if you read the ones before it, you read it already.
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I've been obsessing over V.C. Andrews since my mother bought me the entire Dollanganger series. After finishing Flowers in the Attic I was on a quest to read everything with her name on it, even though I was aware that the real V.C. Andrews had died prior to finishing the Casteel series. I wasn't able to read the books in the order they were published, but for the most part I enjoyed the books that I did pick up. The first book in this series appeared to follow the normal V.C. Andrews format and ...more
Kim Smiley
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this today and would highly recommend it to anyone that read the first book in the series, "Ruby." This book mostly deals with the twin Dumas sisters once they're enrolled in private school.

THrough lots of twists and turns along the way, Ruby has to deal with her crippled twin, who is more mean in this book than in the first. I feel for this character, always having to be the bigger person and the one who tries to do right, only to be punished for things she's accused of without
Chelsea Gouin
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: vc-andrews
Ruby is back, this time she's whisked away from her new home in New Orleans and sent off to a rich boarding school in Baton Rouge with her conniving sister Giselle. Greenwood is an all-girls school and is very strict with rules and expectations...which goes double for Ruby as the Headmistress makes it clear that she's in charge of Giselle's actions as well.
I think I'd give this 3.5 stars. It was interesting enough but so darn frustrating! Ruby cried a lot and I would have liked to see her
Megan Clark
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this book the authors purpose was to entertain the audience. This is a fiction book, so there is no real information that is in this book. It was very entertaining and that is the purpose of the book. The theme of the book is to never loose faith. Ruby never loses her hope of being accepted in her new world and even though she loses the only person she feels connected her to this different world. She also never loses faith in the aspect that she never gets rid of her roots in the bayou. This ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is really enjoyable and there are times that I can't stop reading. I felt the emotions. Hated Gissele more now but I'm kinda looking forward on her character to improve I mean a back-story why she is always acting like that.

Anyway I dont like how they disregard the other stories here I mean they build the character of Louis, her friend Abby, her teacher Ms. Stevens, Mrs. Clairborne and specially the FULL STORY what really happen to Louis's parents does he and his mother had an incest
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This novel was typical during the first few chapters. But it ended beautifully when all of a sudden, the story got rapidly enticing as a lot of twists and turns came about. Andrews write with mere passion that you can actually feel that the characters are real. Just like in a Hollywood movie. The story is very realistic and really tugs the heartstrings of every young lady who's life has been trampled on by the reckless society. A must-read. It's like a TV drama in prose.
Hannah Polley
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Emily Kerr
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Another good one by V.C Andrews. The book definitely gets more exciting closer to the end.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not exactly a review. Just my thoughts as I read more or less.

I quite enjoyed this book as I did Ruby. I shouldn't but I enjoyed Giselle as I did Fanny in the Casteel series. So terrible but entertaining.

Well I've forgiven Beau. Glad Ruby admits now that he pressured her into the portrait.

Even though Giselle is a spoiled brat and sadly like many parents, her antics and bad behaviour are ignored.

Her tempering in the beginning surprisingly amuses me. Just going on and on complaining.

Amy Packwood
Gisselle and Ruby are shipped off the Greenwood school under the hawk-like gaze of the strict headteacher. But the upper class students of Greenwood don’t take too kindly to Ruby and her Bayou ways and, whilst she is away from her stepmother, her sister is still around to make her life misery. Not as gripping as Ruby, but still an entertaining read.
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The second book of the series on Ruby Laudry Dumas proved to be quite satisfactory, with the exception of the last couple pages in the last chapter. That part - I felt the author "rushed" to summarize and finish up the book. It would have done the book the honor it deserved by writing out things the same pace that the book took us through.

In "Pearl of the Mist," Ruby suffered more problems and trouble, especially with her step-mother Daphne, and her evil twin sister, Giselle. Everyone had
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I'll give this book three stars simply because it starts out strong and it's way better than some of the later trash that was published under the V.C. Andrews name, but I'm warning you, the novel eventually deteriorates into a series of unbelievable soap like twists.

In this instalment Ruby and Giselle are sent away to boarding school. Basically, they're being sent away so that Daphne does not have to continue to deal with the fact that these kids are not her own and, therefore, she won't be
Anne Marie
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Emma Louise
Feb 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bought
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Ritz ☾
Apr 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016, garbage-fiction
1.5 really, because lmfao this book is such trash. Just do yourself a favor and stay away unless you want to read actual trash. Then by all means....

I mean, the first one was too, but gosh I feel like I'm torturing myself a bit as I stick to this whole 'finish all the series / books in my possession' commitment I made to myself this year. But I'm doing it!! Doing the thing!!

There were some format issues that bothered me, and the fact that this book's writing is just so /aged/ and it didn't age
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-story, loved-it
The first book made me curious, but this one, the second of the Landry Series, really drew me in. The subject matter of this book is definitely not for everyone, but to describe it would be to spoil it.
Being Southern myself, I heard their accents in my head. And I read it with a dialect like few books I've ever experienced. It gave them a realness. I could see them, and know exactly what these characters would sound and look like. I would LOVE for these stories to be turned into a film series.
Chik Frias
Jul 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this book from my friend's sister when I was in 5th grade and I absolutely loved it. I fell sick while reading this book and had to take rests,I remember the book haunting my dreams. I finished this book the morning before Christmas and I cried so hard, the sad mood never left me until the Christmas eve. Days after I finished reading Pearl in the Mist, I remember myself just staring at nothingness and feeling sad again because of Ruby's tragic life. That was 8 years ago and I can ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I didn't enjoy the Landry series as much as I enjoyed the first three VCA series, but the Landry books are still an entertaining read, and Andrew Neiderman's efforts show here unlike his later books (The Hudson series and so on afterward) This series is unique in that it has identical twins, which is something our protagonists never had to deal with before.

Ruby was an entertaining read and I liked this book, but I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. I mean, it just felt
Apr 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: enjoyable-reads
Book #2 in the Landry Family series was every bit as enjoyable as the first book. V.C. Andrews is such a captivating author and has that way of making you keep turning the pages. The story of Ruby Landry/Ruby Dumas and her twin sister Giselle continues. As with the first book there is an abundant amount of heartache and strife for Ruby. She is such a strong character and is so vibrant you can't help but cheer her on. I look forward to reading her further exploits in the next book and I hope that ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, re-read
There was a lot in this book that I didn't remember from reading this when I was a teen.

I was frustrated with Ruby for the majority of this book. There were so many times that she just lets things happen to her and then cries that she has no control over what's happening to her. Towards the end, there was some growth in her character. I'm wondering if it was just that slow because there are 3-4 more books in the series.

There was one really disturbing point in the book when she nearly let
Shay Hawthorne
Sep 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I didn't really get interested until they introduced Louis(who is clearly a clone of Troy from the Casteel series). I was hoping Ruby's relationship with him would go in a "turbulent romantic" direction but that tapered off quickly.

Sometimes the book was a bit boring. It gets old having Ruby be this Mary-Sue who everyone is soooo affected by. Guy's been blind for half his life? Two meetings with Ruby will restore his sight! It's also annoying having all these people put Ruby in a "do as I say
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Second book in V. C. Andrews' Dumas series. Just like the first, kinda slow and boring but not enough to make you put it down. It began picking up right at the very end and she's left with a hard decision to make. It actually makes you wonder enough to pick up the third. I had intended on starting a different book tonight but now, I may start the third one for this series instead. Maybe both. We'll see :)
Angelina Morales
Its weird at first wondering what the title is going to pertain to, but you don't figure that out till almost the very end of the story, with is slightly annoying. I'm just the type of person though who likes to understand why the author choose that title; and in this book its literally probably in the last 3 chapters. But it was a good read.
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donated

This was a favorite of mine starting in Junior High and rereading in umpteen years later, I remember why. Boarding school, wealthy relatives, Bayou/Cajun living, young love, evil mean girls..... this book has it all. And to a young mind, this book was scandalous! Not so much anymore (oi I'm jaded) but still entertaining and one of my favorite by V.C. Andrews.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story line in these books is all about the same. You learn to care about the characters and need to read to the finish to see what happens to them. In this book Ruby Dumas and her twin sister, Gisselle, are sent to an all girls school for their senior year of high school. Everything goes wrong for Ruby. Will she ever find happiness?
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
VC Andrews has always been a favorite of mine since my childhood days. I have read (and re-read) all of her books, and although I am much older now and find that some of her work is better than others, I still enjoy the twists and turns, strangeness and mystery that continues to captivate my interest. (even some of the ghostwriter's work)
Patricia Atkinson
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story of ruby continues with her problems with her twin sister gisselle.She seems to do anything to make more trouble for ruby.with them both sent to an all girl private school.things only get worst than ruby gets a new fiend who is blind and related to the school.rubys father dies and her stepmother turns against them.
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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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Landry (5 books)
  • Ruby (Landry, #1)
  • All That Glitters (Landry, #3)
  • Hidden Jewel (Landry, #4)
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