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.
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.
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