Darkest Hour (Cutler Series #5)

Darkest Hour (Cutler Series #5)

by V. C. Andrews
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Darkest Hour (Cutler Series #5) by V. C. Andrews

Growing up on the thriving plantation called The Meadows, Lillian Booth cherishes the brightest, happiest dreams....

Lillian's world is full of grand parties, of sunshine and promises, as thrilling as the fairy tales Mama spins for her and her little sister, Eugenia. No one, not even her cold, stern Papa and her Bible spouting sister Emily, can crush her spirits -- until the day Emily reveals the shattering secret at Lillian's birth, a secret Mama sadly cannot deny. Still Lillian refuses to believe Emily's hateful claim that she is evil, a curse...even when sweet, gentle Eugenia loses her fragile hold on life, and Mama retreats further into her fantasies. But when tragedy befalls her best friend, the one boy whose tender heart mirrors her own, Lillian comes to believe Emily's grim words. Meekly, she endures her penance, finding a strange solace in the endless repetition of prayers in a room stripped of all comforts. Lillian's heart is torn anew when, in a drunken haze, Papa subjects her to the most brutal degradation. Then Papa loses The Meadows in a card game, and Lillian is faced with a new and terrifying prospect. Arrogant, handsome playboy Bill Cutler will return the plantation -- if Lillian will marry him! Now Lillian must leave her girlhood home behind, and make a bold new beginning as the mistress of a hotel called Cutler's Cove...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451637236
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 02/08/2011
Series: Cutler , #5
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 133,008
File size: 2 MB

About 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. Join the conversation about the world of V.C. Andrews at Facebook.com/OfficialVCAndrews.

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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Darkest Hour (Cutler Series #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since everyone is wondering why Lillian hates Dawn so much, heres why: Lillian's husband raped Randolph's wife Laura Sue and she became pregnant with Dawn and it brought great shame to the Cutler name so she makes Daddy Longchamp and Sally "kiddnap" Dawn. And when Lillian dies she says that Dawn is her curse. So stop givin Lillian a hard time. basically the cause of the whole curse is Lillian causing Violet to die in childbirth is the start of the family curse. And it goes down to Dawn and then to Christie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has been almost twenty years the last time I read this book. Funny when you think you can remember the stories that you had read but when I saw that this series was available I was so excited. It was like reading a new book and I could not wait to read it again. I felt compassion for Lillian even when I had read the first three books of the the Cutler series. You just hoped that she stayed that wonderful girl as a woman but then we would never have the first four awesome books. You must read it.
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I took two stars because for one, it doesn't explain why Lillian was so cruel & nasty to Dawn. If anything, I hated Lillian even more after reading this book. I don't understand why she felt the need to torture Dawn & send her to that devil of a sister knowing how she was. What did Dawn ever do to her? Also, I am pretty annoyed by the lack of justice in VC Andrews books. Emily eventually dies of a heart attack, but overall, she never paid for any of the horrible things she did to Dawn or Lillian. They never got their justice.
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tredes More than 1 year ago
As always, I couldnt stop reading! All the horrible things that happened to Lillian are so sad. But it still left me with some unanswered questions. Why was Lillian so cruel to Dawn? Why hadnt she taken Charolette when her father died? How come she never talked about writing Henry or Luella and recieving letters to tell us what happened with them? (I know its not as important but I still wonder.)
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Betzy More than 1 year ago
but i happen to always read the whole series and this couldn't be the exception. So i went ahead and read, it was boring at first. But towards the mid-beginning it got so good, i couldn't stop reading. I like this book, it's also very sad, but i wonder how come Lillian was so evil to Dawn, since she had a similar past. Wasn't she supposed to be loving and caring? And why didn't she return to the plantation after her Papa's death to get Charlotte? I would only recommend this book if you read the four previous ones.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the first two books and the fourth book in the Cutler series and the final book was just as amazing as the others. This time though, we take a look into the life of Lillian. She was Dawn's Grandmother in the first two books. Taking a look into her life made me feel much sympathy for her. She lived on a plantation with slaves, but she was very kind to everybody. Her older sister Emily was an evil god-fearing tyrant, just like Lillian's father. Darkest Hour followed the usual VC Andrews plot, the main character is irrsitably beautiful and everyone loves her. She gets older, hits puberty early, falls in love, loses a loved one, get's raped, has a secret child, get's married. Although this book tried to break out of the ordinary, which was a good change. We were allowed into Lillian's mind and felt her emotions. I cried when she cried, and laughed when she laughed. This is an excellent novel if you just want to take a day and relax.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read the first two books and the 4th book in this series and boy let me tell you it's one that kept me on the edge. When I finally read the Darkest Hour it took me by surprised and captivated me. I cried during Eugenia's funeral and sobbed when Henry left. This is an very emotional book. Although it did take on the classic VC Andrews plot of, girl getting raped, getting pregnant, and having the baby in secret. This book let us get into Lillian's head long enough to feel her emotions and that is what makes this a classic. I do believe that you can read this series either way. You can start with this book, the Darkest Hour, or you can start with Dawn. Personally I began with Midnight Whispers. This series will keep you captivated with the world of the Cutler's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't as impressed with this book as I was with the other 4. I had touble getting into it, but I finished it because I had to see what happened. I thought there would be an answer as to why Lillian was the way she was to Dawn, but there wasn't. You're supposed to feel sorry for her, but I thought she of all people should have loved Dawn. I'm not sure why it was written. It didn't clear things up for me
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow this book was amazing.. i couldnt believe most of the stuff that happend to her i just wanted to hurt emily and papa they didnt deserve to live.. i hated the way it ended though cause she didnt get the life she wanted she got the one she had to have.. but i literally cried when i read it i started to read the book where dawns the grandmother of a girl who wants to go to a big university in new york but in it dawn is just a mean old woman thats kinda a big disappointment.. well i guess many people hae there own opinions this is mine
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book more than the rest of the books in the Cutler series, but I would've enjoyed it more if it did not have so many inconsistencies in it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but I recommend that if you read this series, read this book first. My theory is that they changed ghost writers in the middle of this series and the Landry series as well. So if you don't want to be confused (by me or the books) read the prequel first!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know I typed up a review for this once more. But I read it again, and im going through a typing reviews craze. It made me cry for like a half hour with the Niles stuff. It made me so upset with what happened with Eugenia. I know that Lillian went through alot. But I dont see her excuse. Why should she condemn Dawn the same way she was judged? Ive never hated a character as much as I hated Emily. She was a stupid STUPID bible tyrant. Oh yeah and Papa was stupid also.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like many others, the book made me wont to jump in and hit some of the characters!!! It's that intense. Some people might not like it, but man, even people who don't like the topic would be able to enjoy this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i was with some friends at a migrant camp, we were helping for a week, we found "Darkest Hour". Once we started reading it, we couldn't put it down. We were reading it to each other whenever we could. We didn't finish the book, but we're all trying to find it now!!!! It was so good, it kept us on the edge of our seats, literally(we read half of it while in a car). Its a great read, but its not for all ages(at least not young kids).
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It so not fair that Emily always gets her ways. Why did Eugena have to be sick? Why couldn't it be Emily? Maybe then she wouldn't be able to talk so much dumb stuff about Lillian. I think this is an awesome book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so lost in this world. I cryed when I found out what happened to Niles and whenever Emily did what she did to Cotton I wanted to jump right in the world and beat her to a bloody pulp. She has a very delusional view of what God wants. Papa is too wrapped up in trying to please his ancestorial name, which in my opinion stands only for hatred and cruelty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book about three years ago. I love to read, so I've read a lot of books. But none have come close to this one. It's feeled with such happiness and pain. It is also such a tragedy. I cried and cried when I read about the youngest sister dying. There is so much loss and heartache you can't help but feel the pain the main character is going through. I never would have guessed it would have turned out as tragic as it did.