When young Olivia arrives at Foxworth Hall, she thinks her marriage to handsome Malcolm will bring the joy she has longed for. But in the gloomy mansion filled with festering desires and forbidden passions, a stain of jealous obsession begins to spread—an evil that will threaten her children, two charming boys and one very special, beautiful girl. For within the halls of this cursed house a shocking secret lives. A secret that will taint the Foxworth family for generations to come…
Surprisingly, the best book of the series is the prequel that wasn’t even written by the original author.
Though this book gives a lot of insight into Cathy and Chris’ grandmother’s mind, it felt like a huge disconnect between how Olivia thought and saw the world and how others see her. The book actually started off strong, but towards the end, I’m afraid it failed to keep my attention once she received the letter from Corrine following Christopher’s death.
In truth, Olivia is a very weak minded woman. While Malcolm may have believed her to be above the childish ways of most women, she proves time and time again that she is just as vapid and selfish as those who practically shun her during her wedding party. She allows Malcolm to rule over her entire world and never once truly puts her foot down. Not until the moment he’s weakened from his stroke and heart attack. Instead, she takes out her anger and petty jealousies on those she views as beneath her, the maids, Alicia, etc.
Ironically, her true feelings for Corrine never amount to anything more than admiration and adoration with the exception of the knowledge of how her omission of Corrine’s and Christopher’s true blood tie (as half-brother/uncle and sister/niece) set into motion a “sin” far worse than anyone else had ever known. So, I find myself a bit puzzled by this “well known” jealousy that is mentioned time and time again and yet, in the mind of Olivia, there never seems to be any jealousy. Instead, you find acceptance to the fact that she will never be one of the dainty, flirtatious women who openly mocked her in her younger years.