I stayed up last night an hour and a half longer than I meant to in order to finish this book. “Fallen Hearts” is the third book in the Casteel series by V.C. Andrews. Each book in this series is better than the one before it. I am really glad that I stuck with V.C. Andrews even though I had doubts in the beginning about her.
“Fallen Hearts” continues telling the story of the Casteel Family. The novel is beautifully written and full of twists and turns. In a way, I would categorize the novel as a mystery, but at the same time it is full of drama, love affairs, scandals and more. There are a few different settings that the novel takes place in, one of which is a grand home nicknamed Farthinggale Manor or “Farthy”. Farthy is introduced to the audience in the second book, “Dark Angel” and I didn’t notice before how there are many parallels between how V.C. Andrews describes Farthinggale Manor and how Daphne Du Maurier describes Manderley in her classic novel “Rebecca”. (On a side note, if you have never taken the time to read the Gothic novel “Rebecca” by Daphne Du Maurier, you definitely should–it’s a classic for a reason). There are similarities in how parts of the grounds have a spooky affect to add to the story. Also the way that people in both novels behave in reference to day to day activities and also the superstitions that always seem to come along with a large house. It is fun to make the connections.
V.C. Andrews knows how to provide her audience with a thought-provoking, emotionally charged novel full of twists and turns. I love how from one chapter to the next I am surprised by what she introduces. If you do decide to read this series, I recommend NOT reading the back of the book. It gives away too much about the plot…I like to be surprised.