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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pocket (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00281CQRY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,518,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than fifty novels in V.C. Andrews' bestselling series. The thrilling new series featuring the March family continues with Scattered Leaves, forthcoming from Pocket Books. V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than one hundred million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages.

Customer Reviews

Not great, but good and very predictable.
MonkeyMama
Sad to come to an end of this series, but on to the next!!!
Gina
I have read every book V.C. Andrews has written.
Sandra L. von Pier

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really hated that Heaven would not continue the narration spot as in the other three books. Although I know that is the formula V.C. uses I still don't like it much. You become so attached to the Heaven in the first three books that changing point of view to the daughter's side is kinda weird. I have to admit that in the Cutler series when the same thing happened in the fourth book I enjoyed much more. I think the only reason I didn't enjoy this one as much was because there wasn't much action. And all the mysteries in the book you already new the answers from the previous books. It was fun though to see your old favorite characeters progress. Like Aunt Fanny wasn't so immature anymore and Tony Tatterton really was a sick demented guy. I have to admit I always felt a little sorry for Tony in the past few books but not in this one. Definitely read it if you are intrested in the Casteel family saga but the first three Heaven books are much better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MonkeyMama on March 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Why is this book $21.00???!!!

I wouldn't pay that for a hard cover leather bound edition! The story itself is good. Not great, but good and very predictable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ana M. Torres on June 16, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not sure that Heaven and Tony had to be killed here, but I suppose we wouldn't have seen Tony Tatterton return any other way; or at least in the way he did here. You think that after the events in Dark Angel and Fallen Hearts, that Tony would finally learn his lesson. But no he goes back to being the controlling, manipulator, he always was maybe even more so in some ways. In fact he's just outright pathetic here. He tells Annie that he has the chance to make amends and wants to, and maybe he did which is the sad part. Unfortunately for him he can't be any other way so he literally pays off Drake so they could keep Annie away from her past and what's left of her family especially Luke.

I don't agree with many of the reviews where Annie is accused of being whiny and spoiled; no Annie is not as strong as Heaven but in all fairness she never had to face the obstacles Heaven did and had no reason to until now. Considering what happened to her I think Annie did show a lot of strength and defiance in some ways, especially when she was faced with Tony and Drake's lies, but she was annoying in her near obsession of Luke who she thought was her half brother at one time. I was annoyed that she be upset at the thought of his finding a possible girlfriend why were they allowed to become so close like this? They weren't locked up together like Chris and Cathy so in some ways its bizarre. It's okay that they were close but to develop those kind of feelings. It's not like they didn't have lives outside each other's and yet it seems that way. Oh well. In getting back to Tony like I said just pathetic. That he could still have that old lust for the young Leigh; how sad. I guess Leigh came back through Heaven and then through Annie and so on.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Starting 17 years after "Fallen Hearts" ended, "Gates of Paradise" follows Heaven Leigh Casteel's teenage daughter, Annie Stonewall, as she copes with the death of her parents and her new disability. Like many of V. C. Andrews' heroines, Annie has one forbidden love--her half-brother, Luke Casteel, Jr--, who she misses terribly when she is sent to her grandfather's mansion (Farthinggale Manor) in Boston to recuperate. While she's there, Annie is not only mistreated by her nurse (Mrs. Broadfield), but by her delusional grandfather, Tony Tatterton, who mistakes her for Heaven and Leigh quite often. Because she's isolated from most of her family, Annie has no one to really turn to, except a mysterious older man who calls himself Timothy Brothers and lives in the cottage nearby.
"Gates of Paradise" is the only disappointing book in this series; the other four books--"Heaven" (#1), "Dark Angel" (#2), "Fallen Hearts" (#3), and "Web of Dreams" (#5)--are all terrific. I had a hard time liking Annie's character; she was too whiny and weak and nothing like her mother, Heaven, who was quite a fighter. Plus, the plot was a little dull with Annie confined to her room or her wheelchair. There weren't a lot of new secrets revealed either; most of them had been uncovered in the previous three books. So, what exactly was the point of this book?
Despite "Gates of Paradise", the Casteel series is still one of my favorite series by V. C. Andrews. And if you want to find out how all of this confusion and incest began, then don't miss the fifth and final book: "Web of Dreams".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "eliza19922001" on July 15, 2003
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Annie had a cruel blow when her mom Heaven and her "dad" Logan died. It was worse when she discovered she couldn't walk. It hadn't helped matters that the nurse assigned to her was apathetic. To top it all off, Tony isolated her from Luke Jr. and everybody else in her life. I was glad when Annie met her birth dad Troy. It was quite a shock for Annie that Tony by mistake thought that she was Leigh. In a way Leigh was practically with Annie in spirit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 1999
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I've been reading V.C. Andrew's novels ever since I was nine. It is my favorite of all time. Of course I adore all of them, I am a HUGE fan! But there's something magical about this novel that touches me deeply each time I read it. And I've read it five times. Annie is exactly like me; wishing for her prince to sweep her away of to his castle, the eternal optimist. Even when they play their "fantasy game" it stirs something special inside. Luke is a perfect for Annie, they go together like two doves. When they're forced to be seperated by the car crash that takes Annie off to Farthingagle Manor, you feel them longing for eachother. It's so romantic! I don't know why I'm so affected by this book, but I am. If you haven't read it yet, go and read it now! It plays on your heartstrings, makes you fall in love with the characters. I LOVE it, and would read it another five times!
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