All That Glitters (Landry Series #3)

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Driven from the Dumas Mansion back to her beloved bayou, Ruby's only hope is that fate will let her begin anew...

Living again in a humble shack, Ruby is determined to make a secure and happy home for her precious infant daughter, Pearl. Paul Tate -- her first love, whom she was forced to abandon -- is at her side once more, now a man of dazzling wealth. When he whisks her into his grand house, it seems their future is assured. As mistress of Cypress Woods, Ruby can forget even ...

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Overview

Driven from the Dumas Mansion back to her beloved bayou, Ruby's only hope is that fate will let her begin anew...

Living again in a humble shack, Ruby is determined to make a secure and happy home for her precious infant daughter, Pearl. Paul Tate -- her first love, whom she was forced to abandon -- is at her side once more, now a man of dazzling wealth. When he whisks her into his grand house, it seems their future is assured. As mistress of Cypress Woods, Ruby can forget even the shocking reason she and Paul must wed in a secret ceremony and remain husband and wife in name alone.

But the thick, expensive walls of Cypress Woods cannot shut out the terrible memories that have woven their fabric over her destiny, or the cold eyes of Paul's mother, Gladys, reminding Ruby of the secret she must keep to give Pearl a loving father. Then her venomous twin sister, Gisselle, arrives to taunt her with news of Beau Andreas, the true father Pearl has never met, and the only man Ruby will ever long for with all her body and soul, Desperate to find the complete, fulfilling life she craves, Ruby builds a precarious new existence, a flimsy shanty of hope that the first flood washes away. Only when the storm exposes the very blackest evils of the past will she glimpse the rainbow's fragile promise, a morning of sunshine and laughter with a family of her own....

The eagerly-awaited sequel to the New York Times bestsellers Ruby and Pearl in the Mist--the third volume in the spellbinding Landry family saga--continues the story of poor Cajun girl-turned-New Orleans socialite Ruby Landry and the dark, forbidden secrets of her family.

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This is the third novel in the best-selling series that includes Ruby.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671873196
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Series: Landry Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

V. C. Andrews

One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than fifty novels in V.C. Andrews' bestselling series. V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than one hundred million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages.

Biography

"The face of fear I display in my novels is not the pale specter from the sunken grave, nor is it the thing that goes bump in the night," V. C. Andrews once told Douglas E. Winter. "Mine are the deep-seated fears established when we are children, and they never quite go away: the fear of being helpless, the fear of being trapped, the fear of being out of control."

Andrews's novel Flowers in the Attic launched the popular genre sometimes dubbed "children in jeopardy" -- stories about young people abused, lied to, and preyed upon by their evil guardians. The author's own childhood was not nearly so lurid, though it did have an element of tragedy: As a teenager she had a bad fall, which resulted in the development of bone spurs. A botched surgery, combined with arthritis, forced her to use a wheelchair or crutches for the rest of her life.

Andrews lived with her mother and worked as a commercial artist until the 1970s, when she began to write in earnest. Most of her early stories and novels went unpublished (one exception was "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night," which appeared in a pulp confession magazine). Finally, in 1979, Flowers in the Attic made it into print. The book soared to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and was followed by two equally successful sequels, Petals on the Wind and If There Be Thorns. Critics weren't always kind -- a Washington Post reviewer wrote that Flowers in the Attic "may well be the worst book I have ever read" -- but that didn't matter to millions of Andrews's readers, who devoured her gruesome fairy tales as fast as she could pen them.

As E. D. Huntley points out in V. C. Andrews: A Critical Companion, Andrews's novels fit neatly into the "female Gothic" tradition, in which an innocent young woman is trapped in an isolated mansion and persecuted by a villain. Andrews's own contribution was to take some of the themes implicit in early Gothic novels -- incest, sexual jealousy, and obsession -- and make them sensationally explicit in her works.

As most of her fans know by now, V. C. Andrews died in 1986, but new V. C. Andrews books keep popping up on the bestseller lists. That's because the Andrews estate hired a ghost writer, Andrew Neiderman, to continue writing books in the late author's style. Andrews's heirs have been cagey about just how much unfinished work she left behind when she died, but testimony during a 1993 tax case suggested that Andrews had only completed a portion of Garden of Shadows, the eighth book (out of more than 50) published under her name.

Still, even if the vast majority of "V. C. Andrews" books weren't actually written by V. C. Andrews, many of her fans are happy to have her tradition carried on. Neiderman has drawn on Andrews's novels, notebooks, and drawings for inspiration. "Don't make this sound weird," he once said in a Washington Post interview, "but sometimes I do feel possessed." To the original V. C. Andrews, who believed in precognition and reincarnation, it probably wouldn't sound weird at all.

Good To Know

Andrews wrote nine novels before Flowers in the Attic, including a science fantasy titled The Gods of the Green Mountain. Later, when she was a bestselling novelist, she wanted to try her hand at different kinds of fiction, but her publisher discouraged her. "I am supposed to stay in this niche, whatever it is, because there is so much money in it," she told Douglas Winter. "I mean, I have tapped a gold mine and they don't want to let go of it. I don't like that, because I want to branch out."

Though V. C. Andrews went by the name Virginia, her birth name was Cleo Virginia Andrews, not Virginia Cleo Andrews. She had planned to publish her books under the name Virginia Andrews, but her first publisher printed Flowers in the Atticas the work of "V. C. Andrews" in hopes that the gender-neutral name would make the book appealing to male readers.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Cleo Virginia Andrews
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 6, 1923
    2. Place of Birth:
      Portsmouth, Virginia
    1. Date of Death:
      December 19, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Virginia Beach, Virginia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    I'm not a big fan of incest

    But I have to admit, I was rooting for Ruby to stay with Paul. Why? Because I never liked Beau & thought he was bad for Ruby. He was always very pushy with Ruby & didn't take no for an answer. Remember how many times that got Ruby in trouble with Daphne? Like when she didn't want to paint Beau naked, but he wouldn't respect her decision. Daphne ends up finding it & remember what happened there? How about the time when Beau had sex with Ruby even when she was concerned about protection? He ended up getting her pregnant. It wasn't just Ruby's fault. It was Beau's too. And as if all the times he got her in serious trouble weren't bad enough, he leaves her alone with a baby. Paul was the only one who stood by her side. And she left him for Beau despite everything he put her through? I thought that was just pretty cold on Ruby's part, even though Paul was her half-brother. Plus, I didn't like that the only man who ever stood by Ruby had to be killed off. Beau wasn't that guy & now he's all she has.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I started with the first of the series and went all the way thru the end. They were really great books and kept you wondering from the first to the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2007

    Addicted to the Landry series!

    This is the third book in the Landry series and I'm anxious to read the next. I find myself almost addicted to keep reading about this canjun girl who has such spunk. Ruby has her baby Pearl and FINALLY gets the love of her life Beau back. To do so they create a big web of lies which eventually untangles at the end. I can't wait to read book number 4 Hidden Jewel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    It's Gold

    This is the 3rd book in the Landry Series and I have to say it's the most dramatic. It reads like a novella. Paul loves Ruby. Ruby loves Beau. Beau is wrapped up in Giselle. Giselle is Ruby's twin sister. So on and so forth. This book is a prime example as to why it's better to not get hooked onto one guy and just move on with your life. I couldn't believe how selfish Ruby got towards the end, but that's to be expected when you enter a new world are shunned by those who should love you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2006

    kinda dull

    I have to say that this book didnt keep me entertained at all. I found it very dull, and i didnt like the whole switching sisters act that they pulled. They should have known that soemthing was gonna happen and it wouldnt work. Plus one of my favorite characters from the previous books was Louis, and he was just in a supper tiny part in this book. I think that he should have been in it more, i mean they just saw his concert and that was it. I also didnt like that they made Paul out to be suck a love sick puppy, i mean they made him really really weak, it was almost pathetic

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Same story, same plot

    I started reading V.C. Andrews around 1990, when I was 11, and have been and continue to be horribly disappointed in the books published after her death. I love and adore her original works (Dollanganger, Casteel, Cutler and My Sweet Audrina), but every single book I've read after those are the same plot, same story with different locations and characters with different names and different talents. Too bad Ms. Andrews has been gone for so long, I honestly think she'd be disappointed in how her ideas have come about. The current author(s) really need to find a different plot. The one and only series I read and really did enjoy after Ms. Andrews' death was the Melody series. However, I cannot read it over and over as I can the other 'original' series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Avid V.C. Andrews reader

    This book took my breath away. I was so shocked at the twists the plot took. I wasn't sure where the author was taking this storyline about Beau and Ruby and where Gisselle fit in. I was so happy that Ruby ended up with the man that she loved. She has had so much confusion and trauma in her life. Pearl needed her real daddy and Paul's family just wanted to blame Ruby for their son's actions. They were never going to accept Ruby and Pearl as one of their own. Gladys couldn't live with her own demons so she took it out on Ruby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    First VC Andrews book ever read

    The book was given to me by my godmother when i was 13. From the first moment i read this book i feel in love with all VC Andrews books. I now read All That Glitters at least twice a year and i can say this book is my favorite book of all time. The whole Landry series are my favorite of them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2005

    Terrific and Unique

    I really did believe that Ruby was going to stay with Paul. I mean she did move in with him and then marry him, but then as soon as Beau came around again she dropped Paul. I mean I didn't like the whole incest plot, but Paul really loved Ruby and she didn't even appreciate it. It was never really clear to me if Gisselle actually loved Beau or not, but her character was meant to make Ruby's life harder then it should have been. In the end Ruby gets what she wants and it doesn't really matter who she had to step on to get it. To me this book did something that no other V.C. Andrews book did. It exposed the character to her own flaws and in the next book she suffers from her past unlike in other books like the Casteel series. You could say that Ruby ends up reaping what she sowed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2003

    All that Glitters Isn't Gold

    THIS BOOK WAS BY FAR MY FAVORITE BOOK IN THE LANDRY SERIES IT HAD MY STOMACH IN KNOTS AND MY MIND CONSTATLY GOING THINKING WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT.I JUST ABSOLUTLY COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN IN THE END I WAS SPEECHLESS THIS BOOK KEPT ME GUESSING. AND I WAS EXTREMELY HAPPY ABOUT THE ENDING. THIS WAS BY FAR A FANTASTIC AND ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    Great

    I think that this book was very good and interesting. It took alot of twists and turns! V.C. Andrewss a great writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    The Price of Love

    Recently had to make a book presentation for my World Literature class. When I first read this book I was very confused. As I re-read the book for my presentation, it all made seens. All That Glitters is a fight between twin sisters, Ruby and Gisselle, for the love of a man (Beau). Rubys fight for Beaus heart leds her to switch her life with Gisselles. That is, when Gisselle is in a comma, Ruby becomes Gisselle, Beaus legal wife. Before becoming Gisselle, Ruby had to decide if she was willing to pay the price of love. After Beau left her pregnant with Pearl to go to Paris, Ruby made her life with out him. She knows that that what she decides to do will afect many people. Choosing to follow her heart bring many problems. Fortunately Ruby is willing to do anything to be with her true love, Beau. However ,switching her identity brings her many uncomfortable situations. For example, when Ruby finds out about Gisselles true identity, she is shocked. As she found out who her sister was, Ruby thought that Gisselle never really love Beau. The death of Paul, her half brother and husband, and almost loosing her daughter Pearl, changes everything for Ruby. In this situation Ruby has to choose to pay the price of love or tell the truth. For me Ruby is a troubled young lady who has to choose between what is right and what is best for her daughter Pearl. I have read three of VC. Andrews books and I am happy to say that she is a great writer. I would like to say that All That Glitters is an interesting book. I recommend this book to anyone that is willing to be left wanting to read the following book. The Laundry series as well as the other series are worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2003

    I expected more from an author like Andrews

    I really like the story . The only reason I thought this wasn't a 5 star book was becasue of Paul Tate. I just can't understand how much he had to suffer. He was the only man in the story that loved Ruby unconditionally and always treated her with restpect. I found it vey unnecessary that he had to suffer so much. Besides Beau didn't desrve to stay with Ruby, Paul did. I was just very upset that besides having to suffer for Ruby, he had to die the way he did. I just hated how in the end everything worked out perfectly for Ruby and Beau, and Paul had to suffer so much. To me the story could have been better if Ruby stayed with Paul or if Paul had found someone to love him eventhough he still loved Ruby. For me it's more impotant to be with someone that loves you very much than to be with someone you love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2002

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!

    Thsi book is the ULTIMATE book in the Landry series.A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2002

    The BEST book in the Landry Series

    Wow! What a great book. It was so tragic yet it was action packed. So many things happened to her and the way she had to choose b/t two loves just broke my heart. I wish Paul didn't have to die but it was realistic and it set the stage for next book in the series which was almost as good. Quite an entertaining read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2001

    The best book from the Laundry Series

    This book kept me up all night. All the things that Ruby had to do to sacrifice for the one that she loves even if it means tearing up the live of another one. I hate what happens to Paul. She simply follows her heart.I can't believe what happens in the end. This story is very twisting and left me in awh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2001

    Different

    I was up set that Ruby would lie to everyone and say she was her twin. I thought that was a stupid thing to do! And it was unfair that Paul had to die like that! He was good to her and nice. This book had a sad endding, how she gets the picture of her and paul when they were young. That was so sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2001

    Fate and destiny

    HI. I REALLY THOUGHT THAT SHE WAS GOING TO STAY WITH PAUL. I HATED THE WAY SHE TREATED HIM. HE REALLY LOVE RUDY WITH ALL HIS HEART. BUT SHE WAS SELFISH AND ONLY THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT SHE WANTED AND DIDN't REALIZE HOW MUCH SHE WAS HURTING PAUL.THIS STORY HAD A GOOD ENDING, BUT POOR PAUL HAD TO SUFFER LIKE THIS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2001

    AWESOME!

    This is the best book in the Landry series I think! It is SO good! You can't wait to turn the page!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2001

    What Happened?

    What I didn't like about this book was the fact that to get rid of Paul he had to die and how he died was unfair. The following novel portrays a tormented Ruby only after one of her sons died. The fact of the matter is if Paul loved her so much that he couldn't bear the thought of her living without him she should have felt more remorse at the loss of him. After all she had a choice and she was the one who chose to go back and live with him knowing how he felt about her. And the fact that Beau and her used Giselle to get Paul off her back shows that Ruby has the selfish genes in her that her twin does.

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