Darkest Hour (Cutler)

by V.C. Andrews | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0671759337 Global Overview for this book
Registered by crrcookie of Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on 6/12/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Friday, June 12, 2009
I got this book from the Citizens for the Charles County Public Library, Inc. (C4CCPL) April Used-Book Bazaar. On the last day of the sale, Saturday 25 April, 2009 they had a sale where you could take home all of the books that you could pack into a paper bag for $1 per bag.

I managed to bring home 11 bags and one of those bags included this book. I have many books to release and some to add to my mountain of books "To Be Read". I hope this book finds a good home when it is time for me to release it.


Journal Entry 2 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, August 13, 2009
From the back cover:

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 of 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 degredation. 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 ....




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I read a different copy of this book in September 2007 and here are the comments I had at that time.

Some will say that because the events of this book happen in time before the events of Dawn that this will be the first book in the series but I maintain that it should be read last. There are revelations in this book that can change the outlook of characters and I think that it is vital that these things are discovered after all of the players are long gone.

This book tells of the childhood of Lillian, her crazy religious sister, and the beloved Eugenia that was taken from them far too young. Here we see why Lillian wanted Dawn to embrace the name Eugenia that she was given at birth and why Lillian doesn't have much to do with her own family.

It amazes me that such a young girl can be as evil and uncaring as Emily can be. What strange things she thinks and her religion is horrid to those around her. Of course, Lillian is not her true sister and that gives Emily even more reasons to torment and torture her. When Lillian becomes convinced that she is in fact a curse it is no surprise the events that unfold resulting in the birth of Charlotte. At least the reader can get a small measure of calm as it is realized incest is not a factor at least in the sense that there is shared blood between Lillian and her Papa.

A marriage of convenience does not seem all that out of place especially when thinking about the times and the circumstances involved. It turns out to be just the thing that Lillian needs because as the queen of Cutler's Cove she finds her element and becomes the strong and capable ruler of the Cutler legacy.

Journal Entry 3 by crrcookie from Tecumseh, Oklahoma USA on Thursday, October 22, 2009
This book will be travelling to the Kansas City UnConvention that is being held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Overland Park, Kansas this weekend and was chosen because it fits one or more release challenges that I am participating in. This book may be snatched from the book buffet available in the hotel, be wild released from road trip to and from the event, or be distributed on our various excursions throughout the weekend. I will try and make release notes when I can but if a journal entry comes before that then I may edit this journal entry with release challenge information or details about where I released the book into the wild.



This book was released for the 2009 COLOR Challenge from the release challenge forum.

This is release #455 for this challenge.

In October the theme is Black.

This book has a qualifying black word in the title for bonus points.



This book was released for the 2009 Tick Tock Challenge from the Release Challenges forum.

The goal of this challenge is to release books with elements of time in the title. Can you find the reference to time in the title of this book? Don’t forget to look for embedded words! A word list can be found at this link if you are stumped.

This is release #83 for this challenge.


This book is being counted for the 2009 Track Your Challenge Releases from the release challenge forum. This book is being released for one or more other challenges.

This is release #1257 for the year that qualifies for this challenge.



Journal Entry 4 by terrafreaky from Overland Park, Kansas USA on Monday, October 26, 2009
I believe I picked up this book to release at Legends... and then promptly came down with the plague. ;) Never fear, it will be wild released in the Kansas City area.

Journal Entry 5 by terrafreaky at Quik Trip - Black Bob & Santa Fe in Olathe, Kansas USA on Friday, December 04, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/4/2009 UTC) at Quik Trip - Black Bob & Santa Fe in Olathe, Kansas USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Thank you for picking up this book. I'd love to see an entry telling me that it is safe with you. Do with it as you please... read it (or not!), give it to a friend, keep it, leave it in the "wild" for someone else to find - it's up to you! Enjoy!

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