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Heaven Leigh Casteel Tatterton Stonewall is the main protagonist of the Casteel Scorned by the people of the valley as being "hill-billies" and "hill scum", But it is when Heaven meets and captures the heart of Logan Stonewall that Fanny really begins to cause trouble. .. 5 Most Anticipated Games of November The first person Eddie meets in heaven is the Blue man. Eddie's faher worked with the blue man. Eddie finds that he was the cause of the Blue. A to Z April: H Reviews - Heaven (Casteel series #1) by V.C. Andrews And these books are ones that I read a lot while I waited for new books.
I vaguely remember when exactly I read this but I remember I read this couple of months before I broke up with my current-boyfriend and it was around the end of the year. Maybe September-October to November.
It is significant to know when I read because it is one of the reasons why this book just stays in my mind. I pictured myself as Eddie. An old man with so many bruises physically and emotionally draging the last breath he had to carry before he died and saved a little girl's life.
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With a cause he died which for me is amazing! Then he met the five people that bumped into his life for a second and even for a lifetime that he might didn't remember or know them before when he was alive. These five people were there to answer all of his unanswered questions about his life and why God had purposes with him in his life even when he thought that he had no value at all - This too amazes me still; have you EVER wondered why are you here on earth?
And the story evolved from there.
And all the classic questions that I believe WE all are facing now are written so nicely by Albom. With jokes, with poems, with simple everyday words. And back then, I didn't have tons of books to read, so I re-read a lot.
And these books are ones that I read a lot while I waited for new books to come out or to have money to go buy new books. I know what I've described will make a lot of people go ahead and stop reading now. But I will still share the blurb from Goodreads for this first book in the series. Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest -- the scum of the hills.
Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her pride and her hopes. Someday they'd get away and show the world that they were decent, fine and talented -- worthy of love and respect.
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Then Heaven's stepmother ran off, and her wicked, greedy father had a scheme -- a vicious scheme that threatened to destroy the precious dream of Heaven and the children forever! The last one is actually a prequel where we learn about Heaven's mother and how the whole story got started. Now the big deal is that supposedly V. Scorned by the people of the valley as being "hill-billies" and "hill scum", Heaven's pride remains intact, although she is wounded by her father, who ignores her as if she does not exist while lavishing attention on the other children.
One night, Heaven's granny takes her to the graveyard and shows her a gravestone with the word "Angel" Heaven and her family from left to right: Luke and Sarah, Middle: Fanny, Keith, and "Our Jane. Heaven learns that the reason for her father's animosity is that her birth caused the death of her real mother, Luke's first wife, whose real name was Leigh VanVoreenbut everybody in the Willies called her 'Angel'. Granny then presents Heaven with her mother's valuable heirloom suitcase, which contains her mother's rich clothes, the like of which Heaven has never seen, and what soon becomes Heaven's most prized possession, a portrait doll that was modeled after her mother.
The doll's face is a mirror of Heaven's, except that the doll has silvery blond hair. Heaven flourishes into a gifted student, and she and Tom treasure books and excel in English.
Fanny, however, is more interested in boys than books, and acts up with Heaven, constantly reveling in their father's attention. But it is when Heaven meets and captures the heart of Logan Stonewall that Fanny really begins to cause trouble. She always wants what Heaven has, and this becomes a reoccurring theme in their relationship.
Logan and Heaven become childhood sweethearts and pledge their hearts and lives to each other. However, Logan is the son of the local pharmacist, and his wealthy mother scorns Heaven as an ignorant hillbilly. After the premature death of Sarah and Luke's fifth child, Heaven's grandmother passes away, causing her grandfather to become senile. Sarah falls into a deep post-natal depression and then disappears, leaving a cryptic note that seems to indicate suicide. The children are left to fend for themselves when their father abandons them as well.
Heaven becomes a surrogate mother, skipping school in order to take care of her brothers and sisters, insisting that they attend school even if she cannot. Heaven watches heartbroken as her family is split up and sold off.
Keith and Our Jane are sold to a wealthy-looking couple, which gives Heaven some comfort as Jane is very attached to Keith. Fanny is sold to the town pastor, Reverend Wise. Tom is sold to farmer, Buck Henry. Separated from her siblings and her beloved Logan, Heaven soon realizes that she has been bought as a slave for Kitty, who detested Heaven's mother for marrying Luke, as she was in love with him.
After aborting his baby, she discovered she was unable to have any more children and therefore bought Heaven as some sort of twisted revenge against her father. Kitty abuses Heaven physically and emotionally, even scalding her in a burning hot bath to "cleanse" her of her hillbilly dirt, and burns the beloved portrait doll of her mother.
Despite all this, Heaven finds some comfort in her relationship with Cal. Cal lavishes attention on Heaven, buying her clothes, and treating her to all she has been denied in her deprived upbringing, such as films and fine restaurants.
Vulnerable and longing for a father figure, Heaven laps up this attention, and is unable to defend herself when Cal's attentions become sexual. When Kitty becomes seriously ill, he seduces Heaven. She is shamed and devastated, blaming herself for what happened, unable to understand why he did this. When Cal announces that they are returning to Winnerow so a dying Kitty can see her parents, she seizes the opportunity to see Logan. However, when she confesses what happened, he runs from her leaving her alone in the world.
Heaven is temporarily reunited with Tom, Fanny, and her Grandpa, but, still bitter and hateful, she avoids her father. Upon Kitty's death, Cal abandons her, and she boards a plane for Boston to find her maternal grandparents.
Tony was Leigh's stepfather, and Heaven is grieved to learn that her real father died several years earlier.