Tarnished Gold
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Tarnished Gold

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by V. C. Andrews
     
 

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Tarnished Gold is the captivating prequel to the bestselling V. C. Andrews© Landry series that began with Ruby and continued with Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters, and Hidden Jewel. This thrilling new novel takes us back to the Louisiana bayou in the time before Ruby. In a world of wondrous natural beauty, a world of tantalizing

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Tarnished Gold is the captivating prequel to the bestselling V. C. Andrews© Landry series that began with Ruby and continued with Pearl in the Mist, All That Glitters, and Hidden Jewel. This thrilling new novel takes us back to the Louisiana bayou in the time before Ruby. In a world of wondrous natural beauty, a world of tantalizing dreams and inescapable sorrow, we meet Gabriel Landry, daughter of Catherine and Jack.

Growing up in her beloved swamp, Gabriel is supremely happy, despite the ever-widening rift between her Mama and her conniving, whiskey-drinking Daddy. Her classmates tease her, calling her "La Femme Au Naturel," the Nature Girl, because she seems more interested in poling her pirogue through the canals than she is in romance. But Gabriel nurtures her own secret dreams. Then, days before her high school graduation, rich cannery owner Octavious Tate surprises her in a secluded pond and shatters her innocence.

Pregnant and desolate, wishing to spare her dear Mama the scandal, Gabriel agrees to a shocking plan that will allow Octavious's frigid wife Gladys to claim the baby as her own and will net Gabriel's furious Daddy a huge payoff. Hiding in a tiny abandoned playroom in the Tate mansion, Gabriel is miserable. Her only visitor is Mama, whose mission as a Traiteur, a Cajun healer, gives her an excuse to treat Gladys Tate's "pregnancy." But nothing is more wrenching than the moment Gladys takes baby Paul away forever.

Returning home to the swamp, Gabriel drifts in a world of twilight gloom, brightened only by chance glimpses of her son. But as Jack Landry's reputation as a swamp guide grows, a hunting party brings handsome, gentle Creole millionaire Pierre Dumas to the bayou. Falling desperately in love, Gabriel will not heed the voice warning that their joy may bring her more grief than she can bear....

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Library Journal
Before her death in 1986, Andrews admitted that she had sketched plot synopses for 63 additional novels. Tarnished Gold, the latest of these, is a prequel to the best-selling Ruby

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781476726052
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
10/21/2012
Series:
Landry Series, #5
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,013,050
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of Flowers in the Attic, first in the renowned Dollanganger family series which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. The family saga continues with Christopher’s Diary: Secrets of Foxworth, Christopher’s Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger, and Secret Brother. V.C. Andrews has written more than seventy novels, which have sold more than 106 million copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five foreign languages.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
June 6, 1923
Date of Death:
December 19, 1986
Place of Birth:
Portsmouth, Virginia
Place of Death:
Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Tarnished Gold (Landry Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read the last four books, then you know what happens at the end of this one. But trust me, you'll still cry as if you had no idea it was going to happen. Gabriel is too likable a character.
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Love this series!
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I read this a few years ago and i clearly remember being so captivated by it that it still haunts me to this day. I remember everythung that happened down to the horrible man that is her father, the loving strong woman that's her mama, the scene that she lost her innocence forever, every moment of her being locked away, her losing the only good thing that could've ever made her happy again to a cold bitter woman with a equally horrible past, then falling in love with a man so captivting, i remember the secret love nest they had and a tragic ending that was sad, beautiful and magical all at once. Gabriel landry is a wonderful character raised by the strongest woman alive and this story even years later makes me tear up a bit. If i could rate this ten stars i would
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alwaysreading87 More than 1 year ago
It was the last in the series and while you already knew what would happen it was nice to get the full story and from this point of view. I couldnt put it down
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was obvious as to what was going to happen to Gabriel if you read the first 4 novels. I was putting off finishing this book because I already knew her fate and didn't want to face it. It doesn't seem fair that such a sweet and loving person should have to go through so much turmoil as Gabriel did. I believe Pierre really loved her. She would have been a wonderful mother to Ruby & her twin, Gisselle. Maybe Gisselle would have turned out different. I loved this story and cried when it was finished.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the one and only VC Andrews series I completed. From start to finish it's a real rollercoaster. Gabrielle Landry is the Mother of Ruby. She died before Ruby got a chance to meet her and find out her secrets. This book starts out with Gabrielle's sexual encounter with Octavious Tate, father of her son Paul. After that we are taken into a spiral as Gabrielle tries to regain the old life she had without the son she would never know. Just when all hope is lost she meets Mr. Dumas. He promises Gabrielle the world and she is sucked into his orbit. You might even say her death was for Mr. Dumas the love she could never have. At the end of this book I cried. I cried for everyone who was involved in this messy situation because it was fueled by one man's lust and another man's greed. So many lives were ruined. Tarnished Gold ties up all the loose ends for me when it comes to the Landry series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well this book was so awsome. i loved it. well people think that if they read it first they don't have to read the rest of the siereis but they are ooosooo wrong because the other ones have NOTHING to do with this book the only one that relats to it is like the begining of the first book Ruby and its my fav. sieries!!! i love V.C. Andrews!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was the best book and it was the first I read out of this series. I recommend it, because you don't have to read the rest of the Landry series to get it. The end was a little sad and disappointing, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best that i have ever read, i cried at the end and i cant wait to read the rest of the Landry series