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Heaven

By Virginia Andrews

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 1985
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From the bestselling author of `Flowers in the Attic' comes the first book in the series centred around the Casteel family and its dark and mysterious past. Repackaged to attract a new generation of Andrews' fans HER NAME WAS HEAVEN, HER LIFE WAS ANYTHING BUT Heaven's mother Angel had died in childbirth, and from that moment her father turned against her. Her only allies, it seemed, were her four half-brothers and sisters. When their father, poor and desperate, sold them to strangers, Heaven was left alone and friendless. Her only hope was to reunite her family. But how? So begins the heartbreaking, magical story of the Casteel family, continued in `Dark Angel', `Fallen Hearts', `Gates of Paradise' and `Web of Dreams'.

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From the bestselling author of 'Flowers in the Attic' comes the first book in the series centred around the Casteel family and its dark and mysterious past. Repackaged to attract a new generation of Andrews' fans / Now repackaged to appeal to a whole new generation of fans. / Unputdownable combination of suspense, heart-breaking family trauma, love and loyalty. / First in the Casteel family saga from the bestselling author of 'Flowers in the Attic'.

About the Author

Virginia Andrews lived in Norfolk, Virginia, studied art and worked as a fashion illustrator, commercial artist and portrait painter. Flowers in the Attic, based on a true story, was her first novel. It became an immediate bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic when it was first published in 1979. Virginia Andrews died in 1986, leaving a considerable amount of unpublished work.

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Praise for Viginia Andrews: 'Beautifully written, macabre and thoroughly nasty! it is evocative of the nasty fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood and The Babes in the Wood, with a bit of Victorian Gothic thrown in. ! What does shine through is her ability to see the world through a child's eyes' Daily Express 'Makes horror irresistible' Glasgow Sunday Mail 'A gruesome saga! the storyline is compelling, many millions have no wish to put this down' Ms London 'There is strength in her books -- the bizarre plots matched with the pathos of the entrapped' The Times

EAN: 9780006172055
ISBN: 0006172059
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 2.5 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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J. on
 
I'm disappointed in you, Andrews!

Unlike most of V.C. Andrews staples, and the precedent Flowers in the Attic set, this book lacks in the incest department. However, this has all the other hallmarks of a V.C. Andrews works- a family saga, an underprivileged girl from a distant privileged background, a doomed love story, a distant father, a complex relationship with a mother, and so on. There is some form of incest (after all, this is Andrews), but it's of the adoptive parent kind. Heaven is raped repeatedly by her adoptive father, Cal, although she doesn't fully recognise it (which I'll get to soon), and Fanny reveals that she is having her adoptive father's baby, her adoptive father being a reverend no less.

I will momentarily praise Andrews for writing Heaven's reaction to her repeated rape in a somewhat believable manner. Heaven is desperate for the love of a parent all throughout the book. Her grandparents loved her- and I believe her grandfather was belittled and abused by his son for so long that he no loner stood up to him, even when he was selling his children off- but she longed for a parental figure. I think Sarah appreciated her more than loved her, but I do sense some kind of care there. But then there was Kitty and Cal. Cal showed Heaven everything Kitty wouldn't, and the rest of the adult figures in her life didn't. She wanted love, and with that, kind, physical attention and touch. After being beaten and abused by Kitty, Cal's kind touch would have been a blessing, even though he had other intentions. Heaven knew what was going on was wrong, but she accepted it. This doesn't mean she wanted it, and it's said again and again she knew it was wrong, but she accepted it because she thought it meant Cal loved her. It's only at the end that she finally realises he doesn't, and he's just using her. Cal is a grey character. I refuse to believe he's meant to be seen as a villain in the end, but he's not an all-round nice guy.

As far as rating this book goes, it's V.C. Andrews. It's not fine literature, and my copy was riddled with spelling and grammatical errors (including here instead of hear), and as always, the characters speak in an overly-floral manner. And the prose isn't as purple as it is Flowers in the Attic, as well, which was a welcome surprise. In short, it's trash, but it's the better side of trash. If you've read Andrews before, you'll know what to expect.

Overall enjoyable, I'm ashamed to say.
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Virginia Andrews is one of my favourite Authors. Heaven was one of the first books i read of hers when i was 16 years old. i couldnt put it down. beautiful captivating book with a gothic feel to it.
Erin on
 
Heaven is a powerful and moving book, dark and unashamadly frank about life. This book and the whole series written by Virginia Andrews is a real page turner. Heaven shows a side of life where parents will sell their children, and explores the emotions felt by a family torn apart. It is a great read.

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