By Virginia Andrews
Outer back cover: On their return to Farthinggale Manor, the mystery-shrouded luxury home of the Tatterton family, Annie and Luke believe that they will be putting the past finally to rest, and bringing peace to the spirit of Annie’s mother Heaven.
But Annie discovers a diary at Farthinggale. There she finds the story of her grandmother Leigh, and of her great-grandparents. Born into the privileged life of Boston’s wealthy classes, Leigh hopes for happiness. Her dreams are shattered, however, when her parents divorce, and her mother marries Tony Tatterton. The awful shadow cast by the Tatterton family over the lives of the next three generations begins to spread…
This is the fifth and last book in the Casteel family saga.
This is supposed to be a kind of diary, but it’s not written as a diary at all, it’s pretty much written just like the other books. So, to get through it without being too annoyed, I just had to imagine that it was just kind of based on what Annie was reading in the diary and that she was in a way “filling in the blanks” or something, I’m not sure how to explain it. There are some inconsistencies with the earlier books and, as with the earlier ones; you can’t fix it to a certain year and time in the real world.
Since this book is about Leigh, Heaven’s mother, Annie’s grandmother, it answers a lot of questions. There are also some new questions because of it, but not important ones, which is good since it’s the last one. I did feel very sorry for Leigh and her situation, and I can understand why she made some of the choices that she did.
It’s interesting to see how all the drama started. Which ones of the rumours in the earlier books were true and not. It was also very interesting to see how Tony and Jillian was in the start, as well as reading more about Jillian’s first husband.
I did enjoy the whole Casteel Family Saga and, although there was an exceptional amount of soap-opera-style drama, it’s a series that I know I can read again and again. The first book, Heaven, and the last book, Web of Dreams, are by far my favourite books in the saga.