I have already expressed distaste for the pattern that V.C. Andrews tends to follow in her series. There are slight variations to the novels, but the overall plot seems to be the same. It’s disappointing really because I enjoyed the Casteel family series because it was the first one that I read. Now that I’ve moved onto her other series, it just seems like a lot of the same things.
SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS IN THE CUTLER FAMILY SERIES AND ARE PLANNING ON IT!
The first book in this series introduces Dawn as a girl from a poor family who finds out she was kidnapped and is sent back to live with her original family which unfortunately has a lot more money but a lot less love. Dawn is thrust into this world where she feels unwelcome and just doesn’t fit.
In the second book, Dawn is sent to New York City to attend a music school. Like all girls who make good decisions, Dawn sleeps with one of her teachers and gets pregnant. After Grandmother Cutler finds out about Dawn’s pregnancy, she sends her off to the plantation that she grew up. Dawn went through a terrible ordeal during her pregnancy having to deal with Grandmother Cutler’s awful sister, Emily who is a religious fanatic that finds various ways to torture Dawn. After Dawn’s baby is born, she holds her once and then the baby is taken away – given up for adoption against Dawn’s will.
At the beginning of “Twilight’s Child”, Dawn has been rescued from The Meadows – the plantation that she was kept at during her pregnancy, by Jimmy. He takes her away from The Meadows and resolves to get Dawn back her daughter. Luckily, the hotel’s lawyer handled everything and they are able to get her back since it was an illegal adoption.
Jimmy and Dawn are soon married and for once, everything seems to be going well for Dawn. Of course, this is short lived. Although I don’t want to give too much away because there is an off chance that someone who reads this will want to discover the series themselves, let’s just say that even more incest is revealed and attempted. I’m really not sure what V.C. Andrews’ obsession with incest was about, but it is overplayed for sure.
Would I recommend this book? No, I don’t think this series was great. There were a lot of repetitive themes in the Cutler family series that I saw in the Casteel series as well. It gets to be a bit much. Everyone loves a good scandal, sure…but I don’t think that most people enjoy reading about incest. It has that ick factor that no one really wants to get into. I don’t think V.C. Andrews ever went outside her comfort zone with her books. They all seem to be very formula. I suspect that she was continuously published because of her established name and not because of the work that she was producing.