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Her high school graduation just days away, Gabriel Landry is blissfully happy - until rich cannery owner Octavious Tate waylays her near a secluded pond and shatters her innocence, forever. Pregnant and desolate, Gabriel agrees to a shocking plan that will allow Octavious' frigid wife, Gladys, to claim the baby as her own. But nothing can prepare Gabriel for the terrible mo Her high school graduation just days away, Gabriel Landry is blissfully happy - until rich cannery owner Octavious Tate waylays her near a secluded pond and shatters her innocence, forever. Pregnant and desolate, Gabriel agrees to a shocking plan that will allow Octavious' frigid wife, Gladys, to claim the baby as her own. But nothing can prepare Gabriel for the terrible moment when Gladys takes her baby away. Drifting in a world of gloom, Gabriel is only comforted by chance glimpses of her son, until a hunting party brings handsome Creole millionaire Pierre Dumas to the bayou. Falling desperately in love, Gabriel will not heed the voice warning her that their joy may bring her more grief than she can bear.


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Her high school graduation just days away, Gabriel Landry is blissfully happy - until rich cannery owner Octavious Tate waylays her near a secluded pond and shatters her innocence, forever. Pregnant and desolate, Gabriel agrees to a shocking plan that will allow Octavious' frigid wife, Gladys, to claim the baby as her own. But nothing can prepare Gabriel for the terrible mo Her high school graduation just days away, Gabriel Landry is blissfully happy - until rich cannery owner Octavious Tate waylays her near a secluded pond and shatters her innocence, forever. Pregnant and desolate, Gabriel agrees to a shocking plan that will allow Octavious' frigid wife, Gladys, to claim the baby as her own. But nothing can prepare Gabriel for the terrible moment when Gladys takes her baby away. Drifting in a world of gloom, Gabriel is only comforted by chance glimpses of her son, until a hunting party brings handsome Creole millionaire Pierre Dumas to the bayou. Falling desperately in love, Gabriel will not heed the voice warning her that their joy may bring her more grief than she can bear.

30 review for Tarnished Gold

  1. 5 out of 5

    Reginas..Haunted..Library

    This one devastated me. Crying at the end. Fantastic series overall. My video review (spoilers): https://youtu.be/B6mjUtC3DuU This one devastated me. Crying at the end. Fantastic series overall. My video review (spoilers): https://youtu.be/B6mjUtC3DuU

  2. 5 out of 5

    Breanne

    Well I have finally finished reading the "Landry Series" by V.C. Andrews. I do have to say that I kind of feel a little cheated. I was disappointed to learn that the fifth book in the series was actually a prequel to the first book. I feel as though the fourth book left too many underlying questions for the fifth book to have been a prequel rather than a continuation of the story. The fifth book deals with Gabriel, Ruby's mother, so once again you have to get used to reading as another character Well I have finally finished reading the "Landry Series" by V.C. Andrews. I do have to say that I kind of feel a little cheated. I was disappointed to learn that the fifth book in the series was actually a prequel to the first book. I feel as though the fourth book left too many underlying questions for the fifth book to have been a prequel rather than a continuation of the story. The fifth book deals with Gabriel, Ruby's mother, so once again you have to get used to reading as another character although the story was the same. Although I didn't entirely hate the book, I didn't feel as though Gabriel had enough of a story for there to have been an entire book about her. I feel that the mention of her story was sufficient enough and didn't leave anything lacking later on. It was hard to read "Tarnished Gold" knowing what the outcome was and ultimately what the story was as well. The story of events leading up to what we know happens and the spaces in between were nothing more than filler pages in my opinion. The story overall was a good one and you do sympathize a little more for Gabriel, but it was longer than it needed to be in my opinion and was a letdown as far as how the series ended. I really wished I could have learned more as to what would have happened to Ruby and Pearl as I grew to love them as characters. Theirs was a good story; one that summarized up in the fourth book, but left underlying questions that will never be answered. That is why I feel cheated. We knew, although not in intimate details, Gabriel's story. Ruby's story was becoming complete; but Pearl's was only just beginning. All in all I am impressed with V.C. Andrews and I will not let this disappointment discourage me from reading any of her other books or series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I read this series when I was in my early twenties. That was well over twenty years ago. With that said, I can still vividly remember details and characters from Tarnished Gold. Oftentimes, I’ll forget plots or characters from books I read even a month ago. Not the case here, and I think that’s pretty telling. This was actually my favorite book in the Landry series. It was so sad and made me cry a few times!

  4. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    You know right away what happens to Gabriel when you start reading 'Ruby', so reading this book is a bittersweet experience. It was nice to see a time where Jack and Catherine were happy together - at least some of the time. I can't help but wonder what would happen if Gisselle had inherited some kind of gift, since it seems to run in the Grandmere bloodline. Anyhoo, Gabriel comes off as a very likeable character. She's very sweet and loving - maybe a bit too sweet for some - but she was a chara You know right away what happens to Gabriel when you start reading 'Ruby', so reading this book is a bittersweet experience. It was nice to see a time where Jack and Catherine were happy together - at least some of the time. I can't help but wonder what would happen if Gisselle had inherited some kind of gift, since it seems to run in the Grandmere bloodline. Anyhoo, Gabriel comes off as a very likeable character. She's very sweet and loving - maybe a bit too sweet for some - but she was a character I was genuinely fond of so it's hard to take what happens to her at the hands of Octavarius Tate. I feel that Gladys was a bit overdone with the revelation of what had happened to her as a child, and she knew of Jack's reputation, so she should have made her offer directly to Gabriel, or Catherine should have been the one Gladys went to. Still, this is a good book, and a rather bittersweet one. Definitely one of the ghostwriter's better books.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Timmons

    If I had realized that Virginia Andrews was in fact V.C, Andrews truthfully I would of never have read the book. To no offence to her she is an excellent writer. For me the problem is, if you do not have a strong inner core and have possible problems with depression you just absolutely cannot read her books. However if your strong and confident with yourself I would see no problem with reading her books. Like before I found myself crying throughout most of the book or flinging it across the room If I had realized that Virginia Andrews was in fact V.C, Andrews truthfully I would of never have read the book. To no offence to her she is an excellent writer. For me the problem is, if you do not have a strong inner core and have possible problems with depression you just absolutely cannot read her books. However if your strong and confident with yourself I would see no problem with reading her books. Like before I found myself crying throughout most of the book or flinging it across the room because I couldn't handle what was going on. To loose your innocent and then your child, and then foolish enough to repeat it all over again, just because of the greediness of one parent is absolutely appalling and then to loose yourself entirely. Thankfully peace is found in the end, not the way I would of liked it but a somewhat happy ending.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jax

    An enjoyable read but was starting to feel like deja vu the book has become like many previous in VC Andrews earlier collection.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rosey

    The 5th book was actually a prequel to the whole Landry series. It focused on Gabriel, Ruby's mom, and how she brought babies Paul, Giselle, and Ruby into the world. It also brought us a closer look into the lives of Gabriel's parents as well. I am sad to have finished this mesmerizing series, but I know I will carry Ruby, Gabriel, and Grandmere Catherine close to my heart, for they were really strong women, of whom I admired. Some parts in the book were really veeishy, and kinda sick - especial The 5th book was actually a prequel to the whole Landry series. It focused on Gabriel, Ruby's mom, and how she brought babies Paul, Giselle, and Ruby into the world. It also brought us a closer look into the lives of Gabriel's parents as well. I am sad to have finished this mesmerizing series, but I know I will carry Ruby, Gabriel, and Grandmere Catherine close to my heart, for they were really strong women, of whom I admired. Some parts in the book were really veeishy, and kinda sick - especially the parts with Gladys Tate and her pretending to be pregnant and how cold and cruel she was. After all Gabriel had sacrificed, I felt bad as I don't think she deserved the ending she got. I cannot elaborate more without spoiling anything. Good bye, the Landrys. Good bye, Ruby. Good bye, Gabriel. Good bye, Catherine... **********edited************ I forgot to add that in this book, there is a Deaf character. I was impressed as the character wasn't viewed as weak or disabled at all. This was not the first V.C. Andrews book that a Deaf character appeared in. It got me thinking - what kind of fascination did the author have with Deaf people? Although I can not complain, as the character was not portrayed as helpless or anything.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Redfox5

    This has the strongest start out of all the Landry books. With Gabriel becomes pregnant after being raped by a rich man, it all goes a bit 'Flowers In The Attic' after she agree's to have the child and give it to his wife to bring up. With Gladys copying Gabriel's behaviour and acting slightly insanse, the first half of the book is gripping. The story starts to slide after Gabriel meets Pierre. I just don't buy Gabriel wanting to go into the swamp with a rich man after having been raped. They ki This has the strongest start out of all the Landry books. With Gabriel becomes pregnant after being raped by a rich man, it all goes a bit 'Flowers In The Attic' after she agree's to have the child and give it to his wife to bring up. With Gladys copying Gabriel's behaviour and acting slightly insanse, the first half of the book is gripping. The story starts to slide after Gabriel meets Pierre. I just don't buy Gabriel wanting to go into the swamp with a rich man after having been raped. They kiss and instantly fall in love. For me their love story never felt real enough. It got sad near the end, as I knew what was coming. You could read this as a stand alone but I think it's best enjoyed after you've read the whole Landry series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim Smiley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was good, but others in the series were better. I usually don't like it when the last book in a series is a prequel. Tarnished Gold was a little slow to start and I was very bored reading about Gabriel locked in a little room at the Tate mansion for months before she gave birth. The book seemed to pick up after that. Gabriel was truly a soul that suffered with little happiness in her short life. I was comforted at the end of the book when she was finally allowed to keep one baby, even i This book was good, but others in the series were better. I usually don't like it when the last book in a series is a prequel. Tarnished Gold was a little slow to start and I was very bored reading about Gabriel locked in a little room at the Tate mansion for months before she gave birth. The book seemed to pick up after that. Gabriel was truly a soul that suffered with little happiness in her short life. I was comforted at the end of the book when she was finally allowed to keep one baby, even if she never had the chance to see her more than once before her own demise.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Zafora

    i almost cried reading this book. it was so good but sad at the same time. a lot of things that happened to Gabrielle was totally out of her control and that just made it worse. overall i loved this landry series. it was not as good as the Casteel series but it had its own style to it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    It's your standard formulaic V.C Andrew's family sagas. >:D It's your standard formulaic V.C Andrew's family sagas. >:D

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emily McConville - Author

    I have read all of vc Andrews older series soo many times, I don't think I'll ever get sick of them. The twisted family plots, family secrets, etc...never gets boring for me. Reading tarnished gold again has made me want to go and haul all the ones I haven't read and to re-read the ones I have. This book saddened me, and angered me. With a father like Gabriel's, it made me cringe many times! I was hooked on this book just as I was the first time I read this whole series. I have read all of vc Andrews older series soo many times, I don't think I'll ever get sick of them. The twisted family plots, family secrets, etc...never gets boring for me. Reading tarnished gold again has made me want to go and haul all the ones I haven't read and to re-read the ones I have. This book saddened me, and angered me. With a father like Gabriel's, it made me cringe many times! I was hooked on this book just as I was the first time I read this whole series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bailey Skye

    This is not the book I wanted, but I'm glad it exists. I actually enjoyed this books as a prequel to the main story. Especially with the way the story ended. It was nice to go back to the beginning and watch events unfold, even though we knew what was coming. It breaks your heart just a little bit. Gabriel is such a naive young woman, yet you can't help but feel a little bad for her. This is not the book I wanted, but I'm glad it exists. I actually enjoyed this books as a prequel to the main story. Especially with the way the story ended. It was nice to go back to the beginning and watch events unfold, even though we knew what was coming. It breaks your heart just a little bit. Gabriel is such a naive young woman, yet you can't help but feel a little bad for her.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andrea J Terpe

    Vc Andrews Gabriel Great book to read will keep you on your feet to read all of the chapters in the book. 😊

  15. 4 out of 5

    Crazy_smiler

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well the first part was alright but the latter was boring, cheesy and hard for me to finish but I made it. The longest I've taken to read a book in a while. I think I would have enjoyed a book about the grandmother Katherine more than Ruby's mother. Your father was a wonderful lover??? 😳 Does not sound like a good thing to say to your child. Lol I know she didn't mean sexually but it sounds that way. Lol Rapes her and then tells her she's fine?!?!?! Ugh! It was nothing. So mad! I had thought they Well the first part was alright but the latter was boring, cheesy and hard for me to finish but I made it. The longest I've taken to read a book in a while. I think I would have enjoyed a book about the grandmother Katherine more than Ruby's mother. Your father was a wonderful lover??? 😳 Does not sound like a good thing to say to your child. Lol I know she didn't mean sexually but it sounds that way. Lol Rapes her and then tells her she's fine?!?!?! Ugh! It was nothing. So mad! I had thought they were romantic. Not rape! He said Bonjour leaving. I thought it was only Hello. I'm surprised and impressed by her father's anger. After the other books I didn't expect that. It's really quite sad. All she's enduring all because she was raped?!?! Poor girl. Well Gladys is crazy! Lol It was official for me, when she wet the bed. Crazy that the placenta came out with the baby. I've never heard of that. How cruel?! Won't even let her see her child. Oh thank goodness. I was soooo scared she wouldn't get to see him. I hate how so many of these books poo poos away how a relationship is wrong by the guy saying how could a love this pure be wrong? 😒 I also feel annoyed with her naivety but it's common. See it many times. People blinded to the truth. I'm really struggling to get through this book. I'm so bored. I'm sick of hearing "how in love" they are. Repeat of other books. Even one in the series. I find this the sappy unbelievable love. I prefer romance when they don't have to repeat and say they are in love. I prefer when it's obvious by actions. Not in words. It's really driving me nuts. Ugh they annoy the heck out of me. If you are like me skip chapter 12. Her mom knows. She writes a letter ending it with him for her mom threatened to go tell his wife. She meets up with him after he mildly stalked her. Lol They go on and on about how much he loves her. They go to their love nest. Burn the letter. Get it on. She sneaks home. He shows her a scarf/kerchief. Told her if it's tied to the dock he's around. Then she knows they can meet up. Giggity! Pick up at page 251. Boy do I dislike Pierre. Such a coward. I'm very annoyed that she remained so in love with Pierre. Who had multiple affairs. Her heaven was being with him more or less. I choose no. Lol I was pretty sad she passed though.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine

    I've always been an avid reader, reading whatever I could get my hands on. After picture books came Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, and the Babysitters Club books (how I loved the BSC books!). However, around the age of 11, I outgrew those books (except Roald Dahl -- I will never be too ld for Roald Dahl!) and had read them all multiple times, and I found myself at a loss as to what to read -- there wasn't a good selection of YA books back then (I found Christopher Pike too juvenile, and I've always been an avid reader, reading whatever I could get my hands on. After picture books came Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, and the Babysitters Club books (how I loved the BSC books!). However, around the age of 11, I outgrew those books (except Roald Dahl -- I will never be too ld for Roald Dahl!) and had read them all multiple times, and I found myself at a loss as to what to read -- there wasn't a good selection of YA books back then (I found Christopher Pike too juvenile, and Lois Duncan just didn't cut it for me). So I picked up my mom's copy of Flowers in the Attic that was lying around, as was hooked. I went straight from The Babysitters Club to VC Andrews. I devoured the Flowers, Heaven, and Dawn series as well as My Sweet Audrina, and by the time I had read all of them (some of them multiple times), I was now reading the Landry series as they were being released. I was a little disappointed with Ruby, even tough I still found it alright, and a little more disappointed with Pearl in the Mist; the books just weren't as good as the other ones. By the time All That Glitters came out, my love affair with VC Andrews was ending, but I just had to finish the series; I couldn't give up now. It's been over twenty years since I've read the Landry series, so I don't remember much about the series, and I don't remember what happened in All That Glitters, Hidden Jewel, or Tarnished Gold (but there must have been some incest in there, right? ~Surprise! The love of your life is really your half/full brother/uncle/cousin/nephew because my parents lied/I was raped~), but I remember not liking them, and only reading them so that I could finish the series. I don't know if I didn't enjoy them because the books really weren't as good as the others, or if it's because I had outgrown them, but I made the decision to stop reading VC Andrews once I was done with the series (with the exception of re-reading the previous books, which I have done over the years). My English teacher then introduced me to the world of Dean Koontz...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Big H

    Pretty stereotypical for an Andrews novel: 1.) Hot, poor girl (generally blonde) who doesn't think highly of herself and who constantly thinks of other people and their happiness before her own gets raped (suprisingly, in this novel the girl wasn't raped by a family member). 2.) Hot girl gets pregnant, something happens to it/it dies/it gets taken away. 3.) Life sucks. 4.) Girl finds prince charming (who she may be related to, although not so in this book, surprisingly). Something happens to him/he Pretty stereotypical for an Andrews novel: 1.) Hot, poor girl (generally blonde) who doesn't think highly of herself and who constantly thinks of other people and their happiness before her own gets raped (suprisingly, in this novel the girl wasn't raped by a family member). 2.) Hot girl gets pregnant, something happens to it/it dies/it gets taken away. 3.) Life sucks. 4.) Girl finds prince charming (who she may be related to, although not so in this book, surprisingly). Something happens to him/he dies/he leaves. 5.) Life continues to suck. There's no real happy ending. 6.) Meanwhile, throughout book, there's some crazy, mean, old b*tch that is contstantly going out of their way to make Hot Girl's life terrible. But, being self-depreciating and emotionally/mentally restrained, doesn't retaliate. 7.) All men in the story take advantage of/are mean to Hot Girl in some way, shape, or form. But, still being self-depreciating and emotionally/mentally restrained, still doesn't retaliate. Honestly, though? Even though Andrew's novels (okay--not really Andrew's novels, since they're actually written by her estate-holders and signed in her name, or some sh*t) are basically the same, exact story over and over again (only with different names), the writing is easy and quick to read. It's good for when you need something to read but need to give your brain a rest, or if you need something to read while doing something else that requires a little more attention than the book itself, but there are moments of downtime where you need something to do/need something to keep yourself awake until the next thing happens.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anne Marie

    I guess we won't know if Pearl marries Jack and becomes a doctor since this last book in the series is in the perspective of Gabriel, Ruby's mother. We already know what happens to Gabriel from the previous books, but it gives us a more in depth story of her life, her mother, and her father, Jack. I have to admit even with her father Jack always seeming to be drunk and getting into trouble, deep down he just wants what's best for his family. Jack and Gabriel's mother even have a funny sarcastic I guess we won't know if Pearl marries Jack and becomes a doctor since this last book in the series is in the perspective of Gabriel, Ruby's mother. We already know what happens to Gabriel from the previous books, but it gives us a more in depth story of her life, her mother, and her father, Jack. I have to admit even with her father Jack always seeming to be drunk and getting into trouble, deep down he just wants what's best for his family. Jack and Gabriel's mother even have a funny sarcastic way about them that makes you smile. This book tells us about Gabriel's life in the bayou after her high school graduation. Once the girls graduate, it seems like they should either have a boyfriend or be promised to someone. Unfortunately for Gabriel, doing what she loves to do, being alone in the swamp, gets her raped by Octavious Tate, a well to do married man. Jack straightens everything out by confronting Octavious, then his wife, Gladys. The Tates agree to pay Jack in return for Gabriel's baby (Paul). So the family wouldn't be shamed, and so Gladys could pretend to be pregnant, Gabriel is locked up in an attic room in the Tate's mansion, very similar to Flowers in the Attic. Gabriel finds her true love with Pierre Dumas, and the same type of fate occurs when Gabriel gets pregnant and Pierre's wife Daphne makes the deal with Gabriel to give her baby to them. The book ends with the twins being born and Gabriel going to a better place.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alberto Guerrero

    Growing up in a beautiful swamp area, Gabriel was a very joyful girl despite having an alcoholic as a father and a mother who didn't have a good relationship with her daughter. Her class mates would tease her because she loved to row her flat bottom boat down a canoe made of a hallowed tree trunk. She was nicknamed "La Femme Au Naturel," the Nature Girl. She was nicknamed this because she loved nature more than she loved romance. Then, days before her High school graduation a rich cannery owne Growing up in a beautiful swamp area, Gabriel was a very joyful girl despite having an alcoholic as a father and a mother who didn't have a good relationship with her daughter. Her class mates would tease her because she loved to row her flat bottom boat down a canoe made of a hallowed tree trunk. She was nicknamed "La Femme Au Naturel," the Nature Girl. She was nicknamed this because she loved nature more than she loved romance. Then, days before her High school graduation a rich cannery owner named Octavious Tate surprised her in a secluded pond and shatters her innocence.Nine months later pregnant and deserted of people, Gabriel agrees to a shocking plan that allows Octavious's wife to have full custody of Gabriel's child.Secluded in a play room in Tates mansion she was miserable and only had one visitor which was her mother despite there relationship. Returning home to a place she loved, she fell into a state of denial of the loss of her child. Only being able to be brightened with glimpses of her son. As Jack Landry's reputation as a swamp guide grows, there is this hunting party which brings along a handsome guy named Creole millionaire Pierre Dumas to the bayou. Falling in love she is scared she will be hit with more grief than they can handle.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    And so concludes the Landry series. Gabriel had a very sad story and I would have enjoyed it if I had not already heard it through Ruby's narration. I don't understand the choice of a prequel at the end of the series...especially after the history has been so beaten into readers through the course of the first 4 books. Anyway, Gabriel lives on the bayou with an alcoholic father and traiteur Mother. Catherine knows the ways of voodoo and is a respected member of the Louisiana community where Jac And so concludes the Landry series. Gabriel had a very sad story and I would have enjoyed it if I had not already heard it through Ruby's narration. I don't understand the choice of a prequel at the end of the series...especially after the history has been so beaten into readers through the course of the first 4 books. Anyway, Gabriel lives on the bayou with an alcoholic father and traiteur Mother. Catherine knows the ways of voodoo and is a respected member of the Louisiana community where Jack is the town joke. Gabriel is smart, pretty, and shy. One day while out on the swamp she crosses the richest man in town and he can't resist Gabriel's innocent blushes and rapes her on the shore. She, of course, becomes pregnant. The man who raped her has a reputation and a psychotic wife and Gladys sees the opportunity to "hide the shame" of the Landry's and take the baby as her own. So begins Gabriel's tale of woe as she finds true love only to have it ripped from her due to circumstances out of her control. It's a VC Andrews book so it got really silly at times and had lots of loose ends that were...well, interesting but quite pointless to the overall story. The Landry series was really heavy and depressing...kind of like a trudge through the swamps.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melody Loomis

    This was my first VC Andrews book. I remember I got it for free at the library I worked at in high school when they were discarding a bunch of paperbacks. And thus, my love of VC Andrews began. (later, I realized some were written by ghostwriters, but I still enjoyed them) I didn't know this was part of a series when I read it, but it was perfect since it's the prequel before the series, so it's really book 1. I went on to read the rest of the series after. I think this book, however, stuck with This was my first VC Andrews book. I remember I got it for free at the library I worked at in high school when they were discarding a bunch of paperbacks. And thus, my love of VC Andrews began. (later, I realized some were written by ghostwriters, but I still enjoyed them) I didn't know this was part of a series when I read it, but it was perfect since it's the prequel before the series, so it's really book 1. I went on to read the rest of the series after. I think this book, however, stuck with me the most since it was the first I read. Innocent girl raped, locked in an attic, gives the baby to the crazy wife of the man who raped her, etc. All very dark, twisty, and creepy. But it was so unlike anything I'd ever read before that I couldn't stop reading it. I still have this book. One day, I'm going to pull it out and reread it all over again. It's one of my favorite VC Andrews books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Spelbring

    Ok so I'm reading slightly out of order again, but the last two books in the Landry series don't follow Ruby's storyline. This one follows Gabriel, her mother, the other one follows Pearl, her daughter. Actually, I'm quite glad that the author chose to do a prequel book later, rather than sooner, because it gives the story more interest. Gabriel's story really isn't that interesting, but it is a bit more so because we already know about her daughter's story. Hints about Gabriel's upbringing are i Ok so I'm reading slightly out of order again, but the last two books in the Landry series don't follow Ruby's storyline. This one follows Gabriel, her mother, the other one follows Pearl, her daughter. Actually, I'm quite glad that the author chose to do a prequel book later, rather than sooner, because it gives the story more interest. Gabriel's story really isn't that interesting, but it is a bit more so because we already know about her daughter's story. Hints about Gabriel's upbringing are in the first three books so it's nice to have things come full circle. However, it's not a need to read book. You can still enjoy Ruby's journey without this one. However it does fill in the gaps about Gabriel's life and the life Grandmere Catherine and Grandpere Jack had before Ruby came along. All in all it's a nice addition to the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    There were some things that were actually a bit of an improvement from the previous four. And that would be an actual semblance of a somewhat developed relationship??? Not between Pierre and Gabriel, but Gabriel and Gladys. As bizarre as that whole thing was between them, there was unusually more focus on those two. Of coruse, Gladys was cray-cray, but we all knew that from the previous books. Really don't know how to feel about Gabriel allowing for history to repeat itself when it came to her ch There were some things that were actually a bit of an improvement from the previous four. And that would be an actual semblance of a somewhat developed relationship??? Not between Pierre and Gabriel, but Gabriel and Gladys. As bizarre as that whole thing was between them, there was unusually more focus on those two. Of coruse, Gladys was cray-cray, but we all knew that from the previous books. Really don't know how to feel about Gabriel allowing for history to repeat itself when it came to her children... I find it hard to believe she'd so willingly give up the twins after what she went through after having to give up Paul. I'm just sayin. Anyway, finally free of this series, can I get a hallelujah??!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003. I have read: -Dollanganger Series -Casteel Series -Cutler Series -Landry Series -Logan Series -Orphans Series -Wildflowers Series -Hudson Series -Shooting Stars Series -DeBeers Series -Broken Wings Series As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003. I have read: -Dollanganger Series -Casteel Series -Cutler Series -Landry Series -Logan Series -Orphans Series -Wildflowers Series -Hudson Series -Shooting Stars Series -DeBeers Series -Broken Wings Series As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because the novelty wore off, the novels are too formulaic that I could not tell one book from another and gothic aspect was lost.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krista Gray

    Knowing how the ending was going to be I was questioning how I'd like this but loved it. I enjoyed hearing what Gabrielle went threw and know what happened with Rudy's grandparents.i found the death of Gabrielle sad even though we already knew from book one it happens its stil a very sad ending so a poor young girl who suffered so much. This is my first non vc Andrews book read and was iffy how I'd enjoy the writing. But for tying up this series I'm thrilled it was like she wrote it herself fing Knowing how the ending was going to be I was questioning how I'd like this but loved it. I enjoyed hearing what Gabrielle went threw and know what happened with Rudy's grandparents.i found the death of Gabrielle sad even though we already knew from book one it happens its stil a very sad ending so a poor young girl who suffered so much. This is my first non vc Andrews book read and was iffy how I'd enjoy the writing. But for tying up this series I'm thrilled it was like she wrote it herself fingers crossed all books continue to be as enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    I felt very sad while reading Tarnished Gold because, after reading the previous books, I knew what sad, terrible events happen. However, I really enjoyed the book. I liked learning more about Catherine and Jack's relationship. And although I disagree with Gabriel's choices, I liked her as a character. Overall, I think Tarnished Gold was a nice conclusion to V. C. Andrews's Landry series. I felt very sad while reading Tarnished Gold because, after reading the previous books, I knew what sad, terrible events happen. However, I really enjoyed the book. I liked learning more about Catherine and Jack's relationship. And although I disagree with Gabriel's choices, I liked her as a character. Overall, I think Tarnished Gold was a nice conclusion to V. C. Andrews's Landry series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue Lauzon

    This was the last book (or would you consider it the first one) in the Ruby series. It's the story of Ruby's mother Gabriel and how she came to give birth to three children. The first four books introduces us to Ruby, her twin sister Giselle (who is bought by a wealthy New Orleans couple - not going to give away the secret here) and her older brother Paul (Ruby isn't aware that he is her brother). This book pretty much follows a typical V.C Andrews book but still a somewhat enjoyable read. This was the last book (or would you consider it the first one) in the Ruby series. It's the story of Ruby's mother Gabriel and how she came to give birth to three children. The first four books introduces us to Ruby, her twin sister Giselle (who is bought by a wealthy New Orleans couple - not going to give away the secret here) and her older brother Paul (Ruby isn't aware that he is her brother). This book pretty much follows a typical V.C Andrews book but still a somewhat enjoyable read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Violet

    This is book five in the series. My suggestion is that if you are interested in reading this series, read this one first. The only reason I say this is because I kept thinking of Ruby when I was reading this one. I had to keep reminding myself that Ruby was not around yet. It explains alot of the history of the series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bacon

    One of the better V C Andrews books I have read. It held my attention, the character development was done well and I really did shed a tear at the end. This is the prequel to the Landry series which starts with Ruby. I have not read the Landry series, but I'm not sure those books will stand up to this one. One of the better V C Andrews books I have read. It held my attention, the character development was done well and I really did shed a tear at the end. This is the prequel to the Landry series which starts with Ruby. I have not read the Landry series, but I'm not sure those books will stand up to this one.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee

    It took me quite a while to finish this, I didn't find it all that interesting so I sat it aside for a while. I didn't really think that Gabriel needed her own book. We got enough of her story in the other books to understand what we needed to know. I really wish this would have tied up some of the loose ends with Pearl and Ruby. It took me quite a while to finish this, I didn't find it all that interesting so I sat it aside for a while. I didn't really think that Gabriel needed her own book. We got enough of her story in the other books to understand what we needed to know. I really wish this would have tied up some of the loose ends with Pearl and Ruby.

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