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Proud and beautiful, Heaven came back to the hills -- to rise at last above her family's shame! As Logan's bride, she would savor now the love she had sought for so long. And free from her father's clutches, she would live again in her backwoods town, a respected teacher and cherished wife. But after a wedding trip to Boston's Farthinggale Manor and a lavish, elegant part Proud and beautiful, Heaven came back to the hills -- to rise at last above her family's shame! As Logan's bride, she would savor now the love she had sought for so long. And free from her father's clutches, she would live again in her backwoods town, a respected teacher and cherished wife. But after a wedding trip to Boston's Farthinggale Manor and a lavish, elegant party, Heaven and Logan are persuaded to stay...lured by Tony Tatterton's guile to live amidst the Tatterton wealth and privilege. Then the ghosts of Heaven's past rise up once more, writhing around her fragile happiness...threatening her precious love with scandal and jealousy, sinister passions and dangerous dreams!


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Proud and beautiful, Heaven came back to the hills -- to rise at last above her family's shame! As Logan's bride, she would savor now the love she had sought for so long. And free from her father's clutches, she would live again in her backwoods town, a respected teacher and cherished wife. But after a wedding trip to Boston's Farthinggale Manor and a lavish, elegant part Proud and beautiful, Heaven came back to the hills -- to rise at last above her family's shame! As Logan's bride, she would savor now the love she had sought for so long. And free from her father's clutches, she would live again in her backwoods town, a respected teacher and cherished wife. But after a wedding trip to Boston's Farthinggale Manor and a lavish, elegant party, Heaven and Logan are persuaded to stay...lured by Tony Tatterton's guile to live amidst the Tatterton wealth and privilege. Then the ghosts of Heaven's past rise up once more, writhing around her fragile happiness...threatening her precious love with scandal and jealousy, sinister passions and dangerous dreams!

30 review for Fallen Hearts

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amber J

    I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you. This is the 3rd book in the Casteel series. Which I find ironic since Heaven isn't even an actual Casteel, but anyways. It wasn't bad. There was a lot of unfaithfulness going around though, and incest. Which just makes the book kinda weird. I think Heaven is kind of a selfish character. She's a lot like her I try to express only my most honest opinion in a spoiler-free way. If you feel anything in my review is a spoiler and is not already hidden in spoiler brackets please let me know. Thank you. This is the 3rd book in the Casteel series. Which I find ironic since Heaven isn't even an actual Casteel, but anyways. It wasn't bad. There was a lot of unfaithfulness going around though, and incest. Which just makes the book kinda weird. I think Heaven is kind of a selfish character. She's a lot like her father Tony. But she is also a lot like her Pa Luke. Someone she apparently hates so much. And she adjusted to her money and power a lot faster and easier than she seems to want to admit. There is not much more to say. There wasn't a whole lot for romance in this book. But it is still good to see how Heaven's life progresses from the last one. I'll be starting the fourth one soon which I believe follows Heaven's daughter. How I choose my rating: 1* Hated it. I had to force myself to finish it. 2** Didn't really like it. I didn't hate it but not sure why I finished it other than for some closure. 3*** I liked it. I had some issues with it, but as a whole it was good. I probably won't reread ever, but there is a chance I might finish the series. (If part of one) But if not it's not a huge loss. 4**** I really liked this book. Maybe not a work of genius, but highly entertaining. I might reread this, and I will finish the series. (If part of one) I would recommend to those I know hold interest in this book's content. 5***** I loved this book. I found little to no issues with it at all. I will definitely be rereading this and probably more than once. I will finish the series and reread it multiple times. (If part of one) I will recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This was just a really enjoyable continuation of the story. It's true that the same plot points are visited over and over, but the characters are just as endearing as ever. It was interesting to get a closer look into the rivalry between Fanny and Heaven and it was nice to finally see Heaven come into her own. This was just a really enjoyable continuation of the story. It's true that the same plot points are visited over and over, but the characters are just as endearing as ever. It was interesting to get a closer look into the rivalry between Fanny and Heaven and it was nice to finally see Heaven come into her own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeni

    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 with the final books in the Cast 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 with the final books in the Casteel series they worked closely with a carefully selected writer to organize and complete Virginia's stories and to expand upon them. The identity of this writer was kept a secret from the general public at the request of the Andrews family for years. The ghostwriter has since been identified as thriller and horror novelist Andrew Niederman. The novels that may have been begun by Andrews and finished by Neiderman were Garden of Shadows, Fallen Hearts, Gates of Paradise, and Web of Dreams. Everything after Dawn was written by Neiderman.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Circa Girl

    Buddy Read with Sarah Mac. I'm surprised at how decent this entry to the Casteel series was despite all the uneven and even inaccurate bits -like the opening letter and Troy even figuring into things- but when the ghostwriter gets the tone right or has Heaven take a noble, self-sacrificing stand without being overly sanctimonious it feels almost comparable to the original VC. Just for the love of all that is page space, save yourself some time and skim over the "steam" scenes because the ghostwr Buddy Read with Sarah Mac. I'm surprised at how decent this entry to the Casteel series was despite all the uneven and even inaccurate bits -like the opening letter and Troy even figuring into things- but when the ghostwriter gets the tone right or has Heaven take a noble, self-sacrificing stand without being overly sanctimonious it feels almost comparable to the original VC. Just for the love of all that is page space, save yourself some time and skim over the "steam" scenes because the ghostwriter is full of awful purple prose. Crazy levels: Not quite as balls to the wall as Dark Angel but it had its moments (Tony Tatterson is still the king of creep and Troy is still great at being difficult and running away from his problems) Fanny levels: Borderline caricature. Entertaining top-hatted villainess. Deserves her own book. Heaven levels: Split personality (half accurate to her development, half random purple prose poetry and obvious observations). Torn between her love for Logan and her love for boning Troy. Still holds out for underprivileged children, family, and the hill people of Winnerrow. Logan levels: Nobody cares Tony levels: Off the charts on the closet pedo meter. We never find out why general grief leads to his wearing his dead wife's nightgown and that's a question that will live on in my soul for way longer than this book deserves Troy levels: Still weepy, enigmatic, but hot. I suspect he has a time portal because is great at disappearing and reappearing at will on the farthy grounds.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Schafer

    Tony Tatterton the master manipulator. Eh to the crap character of Logan and yes to Troy and Heaven!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ✿Nancy✿

    “You are an idealist of the worst kind - the romantic idealist. Born to destroy and self destruct.” “You are an idealist of the worst kind - the romantic idealist. Born to destroy and self destruct.”

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    Even though this wasn't written by the great V C herself, I still loved every bit of this. There was, of course, that little spark missing - that special style that only V. C. Andrews could write. She had a magical way of weaving beauty into every scene, every turn of phrase. Even the most shockingly sentimental lines seemed romantic when she wrote them. I'm afraid nobody can replace that. However, this was a great imitation, and fed my hunger to discover how Heaven's tragic life story continues. Even though this wasn't written by the great V C herself, I still loved every bit of this. There was, of course, that little spark missing - that special style that only V. C. Andrews could write. She had a magical way of weaving beauty into every scene, every turn of phrase. Even the most shockingly sentimental lines seemed romantic when she wrote them. I'm afraid nobody can replace that. However, this was a great imitation, and fed my hunger to discover how Heaven's tragic life story continues. I just can't get enough of these southern gothic melodramas. The need to devour these books remains as strong as it did when I picked up Flowers in the Attic as a 12 year old girl. I felt the story stayed true to the first two books and was every bit as trashy, dramatic and surprising as any genuine V. C. Andrews novel. Truly, I was pleasantly surprised. Gosh darn it, Hev' Leigh!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Redfox5

    Meet Heaven Casteel Tatterton Stonewell, possibly the worlds biggest hypocrite. She spends the whole book moaning about her life that has been built on lies and deceit. But excuses herself for the same behaviour! Yeah Logan was a shit for sleeping with Fanny and knocking her up. But when Heaven decides to bump the uglies with her uncle, that's okay because it's true love. Plus you plan to lie to that child of this incestuous reunion about who her true parents are. The same thing you've been ang Meet Heaven Casteel Tatterton Stonewell, possibly the worlds biggest hypocrite. She spends the whole book moaning about her life that has been built on lies and deceit. But excuses herself for the same behaviour! Yeah Logan was a shit for sleeping with Fanny and knocking her up. But when Heaven decides to bump the uglies with her uncle, that's okay because it's true love. Plus you plan to lie to that child of this incestuous reunion about who her true parents are. The same thing you've been angry about for years! But this is a great book, it's trashy and over the top and you will love the family drama. I certainly did.

  9. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Doubtless Fallen Hearts might have been a bit different if VCA had been able to finish this story before her untimely death. Neiderman didn't keep all the facts straight from Dark Angel, as the exact details of Troy's death/return, and nearer the end of Fallen Hearts, the writing feels a bit more distinctly different. However, this is still a decent continuation of the Casteel saga. Having the truth revealed (that Leigh wasn't the little tramp that Troy made her out to be) felt good. I know some Doubtless Fallen Hearts might have been a bit different if VCA had been able to finish this story before her untimely death. Neiderman didn't keep all the facts straight from Dark Angel, as the exact details of Troy's death/return, and nearer the end of Fallen Hearts, the writing feels a bit more distinctly different. However, this is still a decent continuation of the Casteel saga. Having the truth revealed (that Leigh wasn't the little tramp that Troy made her out to be) felt good. I know some VCA fans might disagree, but it felt somehow appropriate to me that Heaven would be with Troy one last time. I was disappointed that Luke suddenly died, though. It seemed like such an 'convenient' death so Neiderman wouldn't have to work with him anymore. A definite good read even if not up to the par of a 100% VCA book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    This held up well. I think this is the last book in this series written by Ms Andrews

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I read the earlier V.C. Andrews books when I was growing up. I think they helped to prepare me for what I could find behind closed doors while completing assessments as a social worker...:)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lori Anderson

    why do I read this stuff? it's horrible, yet I can't look away. :head:slap why do I read this stuff? it's horrible, yet I can't look away. :head:slap

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy (The Pages In-Between)

    Loved it. After all these years, Still not a fan of Logan. Haha!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I almost never write reviews on here. I simply read books and give them an appropriate star rating and then move on to the next one. I never thought that a book would make me angry enough to write a full review, but it’s happened, so here goes! I don’t think anyone reads VC Andrews for fine literature. These are what I consider to be guilty pleasures books. The storylines are interesting enough to keep me engaged, but I don’t really have to use my mind to analyze and understand a story. I’ve been I almost never write reviews on here. I simply read books and give them an appropriate star rating and then move on to the next one. I never thought that a book would make me angry enough to write a full review, but it’s happened, so here goes! I don’t think anyone reads VC Andrews for fine literature. These are what I consider to be guilty pleasures books. The storylines are interesting enough to keep me engaged, but I don’t really have to use my mind to analyze and understand a story. I’ve been reading VC Andrews for years, starting with the Flowers in the Attic series years ago. I knew that Andrew Neiderman became her ghost writer after she died. However, most of the books I have read in the last few years have been newer stories. I could tell that there was a difference between the writing of Flowers in the Attic and the Neiderman books, but it wasn’t that noticeable to me. Probably because there wasn’t a jarring switch between the two writers. And that’s exactly what happened in this book. I had never read the Casteel series so when I found them in a thrift store I scooped them up, excited to read more of what VC Andrews actually wrote. The first two books were great. The writing, while certainly not award worthy, was creative enough to really make me see the characters and the story taking place. But VC Andrews died before the third book was published, so Andrew Neiderman took over at that point. The result was jarring to me. REALLY jarring. Perhaps it’s not as noticeable if you read the books with some time in between them, however, I’ve been reading them all at once, one right after the other. In all honesty, I am really surprised that there aren’t more negative reviews about this book which is part of what inspired me to write a review. Things that really bothered me: 1. The characters. There was a massive shift in the way the main characters behaved. I wanted to justify it by saying that they just grew up and changed...but no. It’s like Neiderman didn’t even read the first two books. ~Heaven went from being strong, opinionated, and quick to react with a fiery temper to being passive and meek. She basically just bows down to Logan and Tony, decides that they know what’s best, and she does whatever they want. Throughout the first 3/4 of the book I was wondering where the old Heaven went. I AM pleased that she seemed to return to her old self at the end. ~Logan went from being 100% obsessed with Heaven to basically ignoring her and her needs and swooning over Tony and all his riches. This made absolutely no sense to me. In Dark Angel, when Logan sees Heaven dressed in all of her expensive clothes, he’s disgusted and wants the old Heaven back. He hates her for being obsessed with her new found wealth. But now suddenly he’s in love with everything rich and powerful? When he decides that they should skip their planned honeymoon to hang out at Farthy instead, I almost stopped reading the book. When he convinces Heaven to move to Boston and give up her dream teaching job, I almost stopped reading again (and I probably should have). This wasn’t Logan from the first two books AT ALL. And then there was Fanny. More specifically Logan and Fanny. Out of everything, I think this was the most unbelievable plot line. So Logan cheats on Heaven with Fanny? The same Fanny that he absolutely despised and hated throughout the first two books. The same Fanny that he was disgusted by and couldn’t get away from fast enough in the first two books. The first two books also tell us that Logan is one of the most attractive guys in town. If he had to cheat, I’m sure he could have found someone other than Fanny (though the fact that he cheated in the first place was also completely out of character). The entire story about Fanny seducing him was so far off from the Logan in the original two books that it just angered me. He spent years rejecting her, and suddenly after two glasses of wine he can’t resist her? Again, I have to ask, did Neiderman even read the first two books? 2. The storyline. I’ll ask this again - did Neiderman even read the first two books? In Dark Angel, Tony clearly tells Heaven that Troy’s body washed up on the beach. Yet, in Fallen Hearts, suddenly Troy is magically alive? I could even buy that story if Heaven has said something to Troy or Tony like “but your/his body washed up on the beach!” That would have at least given Tony the chance to say that he lied about finding the body. But nope. Heaven, whose thoughts have been completely consumed by Troy, never even remembered that she had been told that his body had been found. I also found the custody battle between Fanny and Heaven over Drake to be a bit over the top and ridiculous. Are we supposed to believe that the lawyer who handled everything after Luke died didn’t think to get some kind of legal custody agreement in place for Heaven? He just let her take Drake with no official paperwork making her his legal guardian? I really don’t think that’s believable. So when Fanny kidnaps Drake and stakes her claim on him, we get the ridiculous custody battle. I was willing to go along with it and attempt to believe that this custody battle would even happen in the first place. But then the trial!! It’s a custody battle, not a murder trial!! But the entire town took off work and closed their businesses to come to the courthouse to watch? I mean, I get that rich people are interesting to the masses, but really? That kind of attention for a custody battle between two women who really weren’t all that important in the first place? I think that may have been the most ridiculous attempt at drama where it didn’t exist that I’ve ever read. 3. The writing. While VC Andrews will never be hailed as a notable writer, she at least wrote like an adult. Her plot lines are complex with unexpected twists and turns and she uses....adult words. That’s the best way I can describe it. She writes like an adult. Neiderman, on the other hand, writes like a middle school student. He repeatedly uses the same phrases over and over. About 3 chapters in, I was wondering if he had ever picked up a thesaurus. He’s clearly lacking in the ability to think of suitable synonyms for words. His plot line was extremely predictable, and even though he obviously made some attempts at twists, he just didn’t pull it off well. And the metaphors and similes! Oh my god! There was a point, 2 chapters in, when I jokingly thought “there should be a drinking game for this. Take a drink every time the author uses a metaphor or a simile.” And then by chapter 3 (just one chapter later) I realized, dying of alcohol poisoning would be a likely result of playing that game. I really wish I was joking when I say that. I have never in my life seen such an atrocious number of metaphors and similes. There’s literally at least one per page (and yes I know the proper use of the word “literally”), and in several cases, more than one per page. I’ve seen reviews where people complain about this in his later books, but I never noticed it until now. It’s so over the top in this book that it’s just asinine. All in all, I gave this book two stars because somehow the story line kept me interested. I reserve 1 star for books that I find difficult to finish. This wasn’t hard to finish, and I’ll read the next two books just to finish out the series, but the ghost writer really made me angry. And it makes me a bit angry at the family of VC Andrews too. There had to be a better choice for a ghost writer, so I really wonder why they picked Neiderman. The book is so vastly different than the first two books that I find it hard to believe that they couldn’t find someone to write it more to the style of VC Andrews. I can’t help but think that VC Andrews was rolling over in her grave when this book was published.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I haven't quite finished reading this book yet, but am beginning to wonder if I ever will. I can't say I hate it or that I love it just have some mixed feelings about it. It has seemingly taken me forever to get through Fallen Hearts. I told myself at first it was because during the course of reading it, my condo flooded and I had to move out for a few days while the place was being dried out. But that can't be right. My temporary home had no access to my computer with all it's games, videos and I haven't quite finished reading this book yet, but am beginning to wonder if I ever will. I can't say I hate it or that I love it just have some mixed feelings about it. It has seemingly taken me forever to get through Fallen Hearts. I told myself at first it was because during the course of reading it, my condo flooded and I had to move out for a few days while the place was being dried out. But that can't be right. My temporary home had no access to my computer with all it's games, videos and other distractions, and I also had no access to some of my favourite TV channels and shows, so what better time than to sit back and forget about the stress of being without a home than with a good book. That's when it began to dawn on me that this isn't my idea of a good book. As I said it wasn't all bad. While the premise was there, the continuation of Heaven's story, her marriage, moving back to Farthy, there was plenty of drama going on, especially with Fanny in the story, but it just didn't seem to be well put together. I know this was the ghostwriter's first crack at VC Andrews style and tried to give him leeway on some things, but as when I first read this when I was a teen (oh so long ago) I didn't enjoy this book and couldn't get into it. Here's some of what made it tough to read on. Heaven was not the same person I remembered her to be and said and did things totally not within her character from the first two books. Logan, I hated Logan since the end of Heaven when he ran away from Heaven. How stupid are you that you think your girlfriend being taken advantage of, basically raped, by her foster father is her betraying you with another man? I'm still not totally sure why she not only took him back but also married him and as the book goes on I question that decision more and more and look forward to what I know will happen to Logan in the next book. I really wish Fanny would've either grown or matured a bit, or at least that Heaven would finally give up on her. She has broken her trust and broken her heart so many times but yet she won't give up on Fanny. There were inconsistencies in the book as well, like Troy and what exactly happened to him in Dark Angel, and Jillian and her fate which I don't think fit with her character from Dark Angel. Tony remains the same and unfortunately I think he stays that way for the rest of the series. I'll continue to try to get through this just a short bit to go. I seem to remember I liked Gates of Paradise a little better so hopefully I'll soon be able to put Fallen Hearts away and let it collect dust, should I ever get an urge to read this book again I'll remember to read this review first and stop myself.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous Girl

    Absolutely loved it. It was very different than what I imagined would play out. I can't wait to know what happens next. (view spoiler)[ I never imagined that Troy would have survived that death. I had a small feeling in "Dark Angel" Dark Angel however I wasn't quite sure. Deep inside I was wishing he'd still be alive. As always it is heartbreaking to know that Heaven can't seem to find happiness with the man she truly loves because of forbidden circumstances which she nor he had any knowledge of Absolutely loved it. It was very different than what I imagined would play out. I can't wait to know what happens next. (view spoiler)[ I never imagined that Troy would have survived that death. I had a small feeling in "Dark Angel" Dark Angel however I wasn't quite sure. Deep inside I was wishing he'd still be alive. As always it is heartbreaking to know that Heaven can't seem to find happiness with the man she truly loves because of forbidden circumstances which she nor he had any knowledge of. Fanny's jealousy and constant accusation towards Heaven is a nuisance that I hope in the end will eventually catch up to her. I feel relieved and happy that Annie is Troy's but feel sorry for Logan. Though he kind of deserved what happened, it still saddens me in a way. How wonderful that at least Troy is aware and that he still keeps tabs on Heaven despite his protest of putting distance between them. I just hope that he's not gone for too long. The fact that Heaven never was able to reconcile with Luke is also a downer though I hope that she will eventually let go of that image she longed for. Hopefully in the end she and Tony will be able to patch things up and he will become the father she deserves and hopefully he'll let go of his desire for his own daughter. (hide spoiler)]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2.5 stars on this one. Still CRAZY (eww, Heaven's father/step-grandfather put the moves on her, and there's courtroom drama, straight out of a soap opera!) but by this third book in the series, you're starting to roll your eyes a little. I can't really put my finger on Logan's character--first book he's sweet, second book he acts like a jerk, and then this third one...sure he's married Heaven, but he's a little too eager to adopt the wealthy lifestyle, AND he sleeps with Fanny (who is not only H 2.5 stars on this one. Still CRAZY (eww, Heaven's father/step-grandfather put the moves on her, and there's courtroom drama, straight out of a soap opera!) but by this third book in the series, you're starting to roll your eyes a little. I can't really put my finger on Logan's character--first book he's sweet, second book he acts like a jerk, and then this third one...sure he's married Heaven, but he's a little too eager to adopt the wealthy lifestyle, AND he sleeps with Fanny (who is not only Heaven's sister, but is so completely annoyed). I do love that Troy is still alive and he magically knows that Annie is his daughter.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alena

    It's not like the first two books in this series were fine literature, but when the ghostwriter took over, the quality really went downhill. The same phrases and themes cropped up over and over, and got really repetitive. Plus, I thought the characters were out-of-character. At least this one had less incest. It's not like the first two books in this series were fine literature, but when the ghostwriter took over, the quality really went downhill. The same phrases and themes cropped up over and over, and got really repetitive. Plus, I thought the characters were out-of-character. At least this one had less incest.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marna

    Told you Logan was a big stupid jerk. Plus one star for the parts with Troy in them. I'd say half related is less important than finding someone who is NOT A BIG STUPID JERK. Jeez, why am I still so emotional about this? But seriously. He is the worst. Told you Logan was a big stupid jerk. Plus one star for the parts with Troy in them. I'd say half related is less important than finding someone who is NOT A BIG STUPID JERK. Jeez, why am I still so emotional about this? But seriously. He is the worst.

  20. 4 out of 5

    happily_reader_after

    Great book! The installments in this series just keep getting better and better. I can't believe I didn't read this when I was younger! Great book! The installments in this series just keep getting better and better. I can't believe I didn't read this when I was younger!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerryn (RatherBeReading)

    2.5 stars I enjoy these books less and less as the series goes on. Wow, these books are legit a soap opera in written form.(view spoiler)[ I mean a character literally rises from the dead in this installment and if that's not a total soap opera trope I don't know what is. (hide spoiler)] Parts of this story I also find extremely unrealistic.(view spoiler)[ I find it very hard to believe that even if a court would award Fanny custody of Drake, which I don't necessarily buy, that during the process o 2.5 stars I enjoy these books less and less as the series goes on. Wow, these books are legit a soap opera in written form.(view spoiler)[ I mean a character literally rises from the dead in this installment and if that's not a total soap opera trope I don't know what is. (hide spoiler)] Parts of this story I also find extremely unrealistic.(view spoiler)[ I find it very hard to believe that even if a court would award Fanny custody of Drake, which I don't necessarily buy, that during the process of the custody case that authorities would leave Drake with Fanny when she essentially kidnapped him from his home. (hide spoiler)] I also really dislike Logan and I liked him even less in this installment. I also found Heaven less likeable in this story.(view spoiler)[ While she did eventually forgive him, I found the depth of her anger at Logan's infidelity hard to swallow when she had herself also betrayed her marriage vows in sleeping with Troy. (hide spoiler)] If the next installment didn't follow new characters I would probably give up on this series here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sezín Koehler

    I thought that VC Andrews had written more of this book before her death, but from the first sentence I could already tell that this was the work of her ghostwriter. It broke my heart a little to realize that there is no more actual VC Andrews left to read, and I'm having a hard time deciding what to dive into next. I think if I hadn't been working my way through her books so intensely this year back-to-back I might not have noticed the transition from her work to another's, but alas I did. Also I thought that VC Andrews had written more of this book before her death, but from the first sentence I could already tell that this was the work of her ghostwriter. It broke my heart a little to realize that there is no more actual VC Andrews left to read, and I'm having a hard time deciding what to dive into next. I think if I hadn't been working my way through her books so intensely this year back-to-back I might not have noticed the transition from her work to another's, but alas I did. Also sad is that the story completely goes off the rails. You have to say this for VC: She was over the top, but always knew to stop before it was too much. Her replacement has no such knowledge or talent. Further, you could tell a dude wrote this one because the main character begins sexually objectifying herself as well as others, and it is jarring as fuck. I won't be finishing out this series and find myself oddly grieving all these decades later for VC Andrews's death.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Durand

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ok, the plot was good for this third installment of the Casteel series. I enjoyed it. It started out just a bit slow, but then things started to get pretty interesting in the middle of the book. I have to say that most of the storyline was unpredictable. I like Heaven's character. I think she's not afraid to speak her mind, but sometimes she shows a softer side. For instance, she was too soft when it came to Luke's character. The man whom she thought was her father never loved her, yet she put t Ok, the plot was good for this third installment of the Casteel series. I enjoyed it. It started out just a bit slow, but then things started to get pretty interesting in the middle of the book. I have to say that most of the storyline was unpredictable. I like Heaven's character. I think she's not afraid to speak her mind, but sometimes she shows a softer side. For instance, she was too soft when it came to Luke's character. The man whom she thought was her father never loved her, yet she put that man in som kind of pedestal. Then her husband Logan cheats on her by sleeping with her sister Fanny. Had that been me, I would've said bye-bye to this Logan. So, in my opinion, Heaven is a good person, but sometimes i thought she was stupid on some aspects. Can't wait to read the next installment.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Polley

    This book was on par with the second book in the series. Heaven has married Logan but he is quickly seduced by the power and wealth that her father holds. Heaven is still in love with the memory of her dead lover who is also her uncle, ewww. It turns out that her uncle Troy is not dead and Heaven cheats on Logan and sleeps with him. She then gets pregnant. But it is ok as Logan also cheats on Heaven with her sister, Fanny, and knocks Fanny up too. The storyline is ridiculous but somehow works. P This book was on par with the second book in the series. Heaven has married Logan but he is quickly seduced by the power and wealth that her father holds. Heaven is still in love with the memory of her dead lover who is also her uncle, ewww. It turns out that her uncle Troy is not dead and Heaven cheats on Logan and sleeps with him. She then gets pregnant. But it is ok as Logan also cheats on Heaven with her sister, Fanny, and knocks Fanny up too. The storyline is ridiculous but somehow works. Pa and Stacie are killed off in this book and I think that leaves a lot of Heaven and Pa's story unresolved. Heaven takes custody of Drake and I imagine we will have a time jump in the next book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laris

    Fanny makes me so freaking angry. Can she just disappear? Logan also made me angry as well like come on man! The only character that I can sometimes stand is heaven. She makes a lot of stupid mistakes but she's not that annoying. Fanny makes me so freaking angry. Can she just disappear? Logan also made me angry as well like come on man! The only character that I can sometimes stand is heaven. She makes a lot of stupid mistakes but she's not that annoying.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    My love of VC Andrews began in middle school. Other girls were carrying around these books with gloriously bad gothic covers and I wanted to know what was so great about them that they’d sit in class and trade them, so, I put down the Stephen King and picked up Flowers in the Attic. I don’t think I ever finished a whole series, and I’d never read one of the Casteels until recently. It’s easily my favorite with the over the top drama at every turn. It wasn’t a slight build up at any point in the My love of VC Andrews began in middle school. Other girls were carrying around these books with gloriously bad gothic covers and I wanted to know what was so great about them that they’d sit in class and trade them, so, I put down the Stephen King and picked up Flowers in the Attic. I don’t think I ever finished a whole series, and I’d never read one of the Casteels until recently. It’s easily my favorite with the over the top drama at every turn. It wasn’t a slight build up at any point in the series. You’re stepping in it from chapter one. This one picks up immediately after Dark Angel and Heaven has finally married her high school sweetheart, Logan. Troy and Fanny are themselves and Heaven’s fragile happiness is at risk of crumbling again. I kind of want to immediately start the next one. *this is the first VC Andrews novel to be written in part by the ghost writer. Andrews had written the outline of how the Casteel saga should end and had finished at least part of Fallen Hearts

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Mac

    One of the VC ghostwriter's better efforts -- though it appears he was still working off VC's notes & story-starters to finish the Heaven series, so that might explain why this one sounds very close to the original voice. Heaven does make some weird decisions & mope over her martyrdom more than necessary, but again...I'm inclined to lay that on the ghostwriter. This was less OTT & more soapy than the first books, though there were some inspired moments of wtflolz (like Tony in Jillian's nightgow One of the VC ghostwriter's better efforts -- though it appears he was still working off VC's notes & story-starters to finish the Heaven series, so that might explain why this one sounds very close to the original voice. Heaven does make some weird decisions & mope over her martyrdom more than necessary, but again...I'm inclined to lay that on the ghostwriter. This was less OTT & more soapy than the first books, though there were some inspired moments of wtflolz (like Tony in Jillian's nightgown 🙈). Fanny was reduced to a caricature of herself (to borrow Circa's turn of phrase), which is unfortunate...but, again, I blame the ghostwriter. Not to sound schmaltzy, but sometimes it really does take a woman to understand a woman's POV, particularly someone abused & marginalized like Fanny. It's a shame because I genuinely enjoyed her manipulative tricks & shame spiral in books 1-2; here, she's just a shrill one-note villain with no sympathetic traits. Logan is the typical pussy VC male, & it's hilarious. Nobody would ever mistake Troy for Captain America, but his genuine kindness compared to the false veneers & de-balled, negative-testosterone male presence in the VC Universe(tm) make him look like a superhero. That, combined with the lolzy purple prose, angsting, & WTFery makes for a satisfying read, according to the VCA scale. If nothing else, it makes me curious to read about Heaven's daughter Annie (book 4) & mother Leigh (book 5). Overall reaction: Heaven should have fallen in love with Tom. He wasn't even related to her by blood, so no incest necessary! Then they could've run off together & moved across the country, because the Casteels & Tattertons are both bugfuck nuts. NB: Buddy read w/ Circa. :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    This book took me a lot longer to get through than the first two in this Series. Although I needed to read on to find out how Heaven's life developed, the urge to get to the end of the book just did not exist as it did with the first two books in the series. The story contains dramas, twists and turns throughout the book, but I feel the writing style is simply not the same as V. C. Andrews. She had a certain style of writing that it seems no one can imitate. That's not to say I did not enjoy thi This book took me a lot longer to get through than the first two in this Series. Although I needed to read on to find out how Heaven's life developed, the urge to get to the end of the book just did not exist as it did with the first two books in the series. The story contains dramas, twists and turns throughout the book, but I feel the writing style is simply not the same as V. C. Andrews. She had a certain style of writing that it seems no one can imitate. That's not to say I did not enjoy this book. I simply was not drawn to reading on to the end at the same speed in which I read the two previous books in this Series. I thought the final chapter was rushed and could have been drawn out over a couple of chapters. It was like the writer needed to conclude the story and conclude it he did. There could have been more detail in this chapter. I will read Gates of Paradise because I am curious to see if Heaven has a happy future or whether her future is doomed like Cathy's seemed to be in the Dollenganger Series. I wonder if Dreake's character will evolved in the same way or a similar way to Bart's in the Dollenganger Series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rossy

    The plot thickens in this third book of the Casteel saga. So many twists, surprises, drama, mystery, you name it! There were times when I wanted to cry, others when I wanted to throw something to the wall, and of course others when I wanted to close the book so the drama would stop. Heaven goes through SO much in this book (yes, so-much!), I again feel sorry for all the things that happen to her and being surrounded by people who are plain evil. I hated Fanny more than ever, that obnoxious, selfis The plot thickens in this third book of the Casteel saga. So many twists, surprises, drama, mystery, you name it! There were times when I wanted to cry, others when I wanted to throw something to the wall, and of course others when I wanted to close the book so the drama would stop. Heaven goes through SO much in this book (yes, so-much!), I again feel sorry for all the things that happen to her and being surrounded by people who are plain evil. I hated Fanny more than ever, that obnoxious, selfish and I-won't-use-other-words girl. I just want to

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