ドールハウスの夢 (扶桑社ミステリー) 文庫 – 1989/12
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The prequel to the compelling saga that began with `Flowers in the Attic', repackaged for a new generation of fans.THEIR DARKEST SECRETS WOULD TURN TO SHAME AND HAUNT THEIR CHILDREN'S CHILDREN.Olivia Winfield's hopes blossomed when the dashing Malcolm Foxworth asked her to marry him. But her hopes withered like flowers in the scorching sun when his true nature was revealed. Foxworth Hall, the beautiful home that should have given them so much happiness, became like a prison to her, with Malcolm the cruellest of jailers.Suddenly, unexpectedly, the hand of friendship was offered to Olivia when Alicia, her father-in-law's new young bride, came to Foxworth Hall. The two women were unlikely companions, but soon the laughter of their youth filled the gloomy place. Yet over them both loomed the shadow of Malcolm, whose dark desires were to sow the seeds of a shocking secret that would lead in time to a darkened, locked attic room... --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。
Firstly I would like to say that Catherine does seem a little redundant sometimes, but I have found it fascinating to read what she is thinking at all times. She carries with her a great hatred for her mother all through the books. It is also quite clear that she wishes that her mother would redeem herself, and once again care for her children as she has before their father died. She is like many people with a wish of vengeance; she thinks about it constantly! Catherine is very confused all through the series. One thing that really bothers her is the sin in which she's committed with her relationship with Christopher. In Petals she flies through men like nothing trying to escape those unwanted but consuming feelings. You can almost take pity on her because she is trying to find a man that she can compare graciously to Christopher.
Secondly I have found so many bad reviews about If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday. I found it very interesting to hear Bart and Jory's side of things. I think Bart was traumatized by all the family secrets! They were shared with him at a very young age at the same time he was learning religion by someone not fit to teach it. I think Bart tried to cope by creating himself to be like Malcolm. A man who was not easily intimidated, and made many people fearful of him. Bart wanted that. He didn't want the little boy he was to cringe every time he was told of a family member. And his way of dealing with these family secrets was to be Malcolm; a man that seemed to handle everything. The Malcolm in him wanted to hate Catherine, but the Bart side wanted him to love her. Because Jory is older he is able to cope better with all the information, but he is still left confused and angry a lot. Who wouldn't be angry if there parents lied about almost everything? Bart was easily influenced by John Amos. He believed that women were all evil seductresses. But when it came to Bart's mom, he couldn't help but love her. And the result of that was he didn't want any man in her life but him. He despised Christopher and Jory completely. It was much like the relationship between Malcolm and his daughter Corrine. For Malcolm wanted no man in Corrine's life, but him.
Overall the books were amazing and I totally recommend them to anyone interested!