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Seeds of Yesterday

(Dollanganger #4)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  34,448 ratings  ·  837 reviews
The final, haunting novel in the extraordinary story that has enthralled millions!

The horror began with Flowers in the Attic, the terrifying tale of four innocent children locked away from the world by a cruel mother.

The shocking fury continued with Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns. Now V.C. Andrews has created the last dark chapter in the strange, chilling tale o
Paperback, 408 pages
Published November 28th 1990 by Pocket (first published 1984)
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Andi W The Petals in the Wind Lifetime movie was so far off, I can't imagine this one would be close.

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Claudia Ramírez
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, made-me-cry
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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?"
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3 out of 5 stars for Seeds of Yesterday, the 4th book in the "Dollanganger" thriller and young adult series, written in 1984 by V.C. Andrews. When I first read this series, I absolutely loved the characters and plot. It was mesmerizing and felt just dark enough to pass the reality line, but not too far where I thought it was completely unbelievable. Somewhere around books 3 and 4, it fell down for me. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't as good as the originals. I still enjo
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
In the final novel that depicts the chronological progress of this most unique family unit, V.C. Andrews offers the reader even more insight into the ways the Dollangangers have become intertwined and how these connections create unforeseen offshoots that rattle the familial foundation. Chris and Cathy Sheffield (Dollanganger) are back in Virginia, still holding onto their secret, though its strength is slowly waning. Invited back to Foxworth Hall by Bart, who is about to celebrate his 25th birt ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
"I am caught between Heaven and Hell in a kind of purgatory where ghosts of the past roam the hallways at night."

Foxworth Hall has been built again.

I just finished a long-overdue re-read of the finale of the five-book Dollanganger saga. Yes, I'd forgotten most of it, with the exception of the oh-so-sad ending and the return to a manor that once terrified everyone in the series.

While Flowers in the Attic started the journey that destroyed four innocent young lives, the series continued to follow
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
"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
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: trashy-tuesday
(Full review here: )

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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Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-nl
The last book of the life of Cathy and Chris. Again, I could not wait to read it. I do however have to say that with every book a little get lost of the charm the story has. Sometimes it is better not to make a sequel or sequels to a story. I did like it, but what I said the charm got lost. I am still not a fan of Bart, I was worried about the last book that he would stay mean, and lets be honest not much had changed. What a weird boy/man, but without him there wouldn't be a lot of story. So it ...more
5+++++ Stars!
This series is seriously addictive. It's been 4 days non-stop I've been reading books in the series back to back(Yes....I've been sleep deprived!) and well I am glad I stumbled into this book for never had I read any book as wonderful as this one. They are really well written and it's such a grotesque yet captivating story.
Seeds of Yesterday was really an engaging novel and one of the most heart breaking book I've come across. It really pulls on your heart strings & tugs on every
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sad-endings
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Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
"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
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, best-of-2017
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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.
Rebecca McNutt
Seeds of Yesterday is the 4th book in this series, and to be honest, the Dollanganger series sort of lost its shock value after the first one. The disturbing theme of incest and child abuse that made the first in the series gain so much attention from horrified and interested readers, lost its edge a long time ago and has just become weird and disgusting by the 4th book. It's repetitive, it's typical and the characters are so unfairly put upon throughout that it just isn't realistic.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Cami Herondale
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-my-life
Ana Mitkova
The book was amazing! When i read it i cried. This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, that was a bummer. I enjoyed the first half of this novel (deceit, a mysterious accident, drama drama drama, back-stabbing siblings), more than the latter (too much focus on religion {but that's just me}, a slow and maudlin narrative that rehashes much of what already happens, and then...I won't spoil it). I got the impression that Ms. Andrews was unsure of how to wrap things up, and it seemed to end just a bit too neatly for my taste. FITA was the best of the bunch, and none of the novels ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it


Review for book 3:

Seeds of Yesterday is the 4th book of the Dollanganger series, it offers lot and lot of family melodramas but not much of the Gothic romance charms from the previous books, plus the ending is a bit weak too---it isn't a bad nor an unreasonable ending, but I don't think it's a strong enough conclusion neither.

I'm glad to finish reading the entire Dollanganger saga and I enjoy this series so
Sarah Mac
Well now. That was bizarre. :P

After the awesome shenanigans of books 1-2, the third book made me twitch with hatred & this one...meh. A flat tire & tepid ending to Cathy & Chris' story. The main problem is how everyone stands around justifying (or rather, screaming justifications for) why they treat each other like shit. There's very little fire & guts to the soap plotting, & what precious dollops there are come courtesy of Cindy (that awesome little tramp :D) as she clashes with Bart and/or sex
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Jan 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, ya
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.
Feb 03, 2020 rated it liked it
A good ending to the series (will not acknowledge the ghost written sequels to the Dollangangers. Andrews essentially ends this one by saying "THERE'LL BE NO MORE!" in a non-too subtle way) and a lot less crazy than the previous books.

It's not not crazy mind, just kind of 'tame' in comparison to what comes before. It's a nice break. I like seeing the characters come to a conclusion even if I'm primarily pleased with the conclusion of the 'four Dresden dolls' and not so much the new characters. L
Rosie Wedge
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly, until the ending this was more of a 1.5* read.
If this wasn't the final instalment of a series, I would have just DNF'd it. This book was just rife with unnecessary drama. Nearly all the characters were unlikeable to some extent, and the entire 400 pages was just a cycle of Uncle Joel moaning about sinning, Bart being a twat, Cindy getting butt-hurt, Melodie being an awful wife, Jory and Cathy being sad, and Chris always being late for the gossip.
The ending however, moved me, and was a
Nov 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: series-books
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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
Robin Reynolds
Jan 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Cham Perez
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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

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Other books in the series

Dollanganger (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
  • Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
  • If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
  • Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)
  • Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (Dollanganger #6)
  • Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger (Dollanganger #7)
  • Secret Brother (Dollanganger #8)
  • Beneath the Attic (Dollanganger, #9)
  • Out of the Attic (Dollanganger, #10)
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