An exclusive letter from Christopher Sr. of V.C. Andrews’ Dollanganger Series

Jealousy, tragedy, survival, and revenge—the discovery of Christopher’s diary in the ruins of Foxworth Hall brings new secrets of the Dollanganger family to light and obsesses a new generation in the Christopher’s Diary series. With Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind both now major Lifetime TV events (and If There Be Thorns and Seeds of Yesterday coming out in Spring 2015!), this first new addition to the Dollanganger story in nearly thirty years is a timely look at the events in the attic—from teenage Christopher’s point of view.

Looking back, did you ever wonder about what Christopher, Sr. was like? He was seen briefly in the beginning of Flowers in the Attic, but died tragically in a car crash–which was ultimately the impetus for the rest of the Dollanganger family to move into Foxworth. Read on to hear his untold story, including some shocking news about the Dollanganger family that will blow your mind. You can also enter for your chance to win a Dollanganger themed prize pack. More information after the letter!


Note: History of the Unmailed Letter of Christopher Dollanganger, Sr.

In the spring of 1958, a bank clerk at the First National Bank of Gladstone, Pennsylvania was assigned to go through the remnants of a home on which the bank had foreclosed years ago, the home of one Christopher Dollanganger. While sifting through documents, he found an unaddressed, sealed letter, which he read. He was so shocked by the contents that he left the letter in a satchel that was placed with the remnants of other foreclosed houses in a rented Second Street Warehouse on Loomis Road, Gladstone.

Four years later, there was another inventory of unclaimed items and the letter was read by a Steven Clarkson. He brought the letter home to his mother-in-law, Tamatha Williams. She brought the letter to her close friend Bernice Wheeler, whom she knew to have been a neighbor of a family named Dollanganger.

Bernice initially wanted to destroy the letter. However, both felt that the Dollanganger children had the right to read the letter someday, so they kept it in a safety deposit box in the same bank, First National of Gladstone.

On Mrs. Wheeler’s death, her younger sister Christina Brooks discovered and read the letter and then sent the letter to a friend who worked at the Charlottesville Gazette in Virginia. That friend, Tad Jenkins, personally delivered the letter to our source, who must at this time remain undisclosed. His name will be revealed in a subsequent publication.


Dear Corinne,

I have begun and stopped writing this letter many times. We live in a dangerous world, as you know all too well with the loss of your brothers. I always fear that someday I might lose you or you might lose me. If something happened to me tomorrow, there would be so many things I wish I would have said.

Every day since we left the security and luxury of Foxworth Hall I have taken pause and thought about what I have done. In no way is this an expression of regret, for I can’t imagine loving any woman as much as I love you.

Sometimes, however, love can be a very selfish thing. I often wonder if I didn’t take advantage of you.

I know you will never say I did, but you were so young, and, although I never told you and indeed pretended otherwise, I was not a virgin when I returned home from college and we first made love in your grandmother’s Swan room. I pretended to be because I thought it made you more comfortable, although it was clear that neither of us could keep away from the other much longer.

I know that you and I have never really discussed whether or not we would ever tell the children the truth about us. A part of me wants us never to do it, but a part of me demands that we do, that they know everything about us and about themselves. And this brings me to a secret I have kept locked in my heart for all these years.

When Malcolm and Olivia confronted us, enraged at our relationship and calling us incestuous, as well as many other terrible things, they were basing it on what you and I were told, that I was your half-uncle. You and I got past that by reminding each other that cousins often married. Indeed, for a long time, families wouldn’t think of marrying out of the family line, so to keep their blood “pure.”

However, the truth about us, my darling, is so stunning to me that I have buried it away for as long as I could. Yet, should I die, I do not want you to go on without knowing it. That seems almost worse than anything we have done. People should never die not knowing themselves.


…there’s more. To read the rest of the letter and find out what Christopher’s secret is, visit the Official V.C. Andrews site here.

Tell us in a comment below what your favorite book in the Dollanganger series is to enter for a chance to win all five books in the Dollanganger series, the two new books in the Christopher’s Diary series, and DVDs of the Lifetime movies of Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind. There will be two grand prize winners!

Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. on January 16th and ends at 9:00 a.m. on January 30th. Sorry, contest open to U.S. residents only. Please click here for complete contest rules.

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31 comments so far


  1. nowischick

    Flowers in the Attic was my favorite, I don’t think I’ll ever forget reading that book.

  2. jesslee2008

    The flowers in the attic series was my first ever series i read from her and that was over 15 years ago and to this day i still read it

  3. Flowers in the Attic will always be my favorite, because that is where I fell in love with Cathy, Christopher, Carrie &Cory.

  4. jacqueline333

    Flowers in the Attic was always my favorite too, but I fell in love with Christopher’s Diary and am super excited about reading the next book about him at the end of this month. While I’m waiting I am re reading the entire series!

  5. My favorite book in the Dollanganger Series is Flowers in the Attic. It is a great read and I think everyone should read it . A friend recommended the book to me and I couldn’t put the book down, I read the book in one sitting.

  6. My favorite is Garden of Shadows.

  7. no fav; haven’t read any yet

  8. sunshinehdfan

    The flowers in the attic series blew me away! Loved it.

  9. Flowers In The Attic was my favorite.
    I enjoyed the whole series.

  10. Flowers In The Attic hands down is my favorite. Though I do like most of V.C. Andrews’ books.

  11. Flowers in the Attic, cause it was the first in the series, loved them all

  12. The moment I closed Flowers in the Attic, I was hooked and a fan for life. One of my favorite series and still one I recommend to this day!

  13. Petals on the Wind was my favorite!

  14. steampunkunicorn

    Flowers in the Attic. Without it, there wouldn’t be a series.

  15. Flowers in the Attic was the catapult to my love of reading! It will always be my favorite. But I must admit i do love them all.

  16. Flowers in the Attic is my favorite. I was very young and it was so scandalous at the time that I never told anyone that I read it. Will never forget it.

  17. I always really liked Petals on the Wind… Definitely wanting to reread the entire series now!

  18. tiffanyevelyn

    Flowers in the attic because it was the first scandalous book I ever read!

  19. Flowers in the Attic was my favorite. It’s the beginning of the saga and where we meet all the characters. It’s full of drama and mystery as well which is something I really enjoy in a book.

  20. Flowers in the Attic

  21. Flowers in the Attic. Chris was always my favorite character and I love that we finally get to see his side of the story.

  22. passion4puzzles

    Garden of Shadows is my favorite book in the series.

  23. Flowers in the attic….i remeber the book covers looking super cool as a kid…

  24. KarnagesMistress

    Petals on the Wind was the first one in the series I read, and, to this day, is still my favorite. I love this series. It’s just such a great guilty pleasure ; )

  25. mayebaby88

    Flowers in the attic

  26. La La in the Library

    I have only read Flowers in the Attic. I borrowed it from the library after I watched the original movie from the 80s. I love this story. Thanks for the stellar giveaway contest. 🙂 ts(dot)teabox(at)gmail(dot)com

  27. Definitely Flowers in the Attic. It starts the series so you know how and why. I love this series!!!!

  28. grnprincess

    Favorite of this series is definitely Flowers in the Attic. Very powerful reading for a young lady. And still over 25 years later it’s in my top 5 books of all time.

  29. Love this book

  30. feldtcindy

    Flower in the Attic the best by far. I also like the March Series .

  31. creativewriter8

    Iv’e never read them liz frpm preston england

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