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Casteel Series
All That Glitters Isn't Gold

A spellbinding series which is raw, and painsakingly real ... come along on a journey of lies and deceit, heartache and sorrow and love and loss ... a gripping tale set in Boston's high society and the poverty stricken West Virginia Hills ...



Heaven Leigh Casteel


Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest - scum of the earth...

Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face... despite a father meaner than ten vipers... despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. 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. Then Heaven's stepmother ran off, and her greedy, wicked father had a scheme -- a vicious scheme that threatened to destroy the precious dream of Heaven and the children forever!

Dark Angel

At last, Heaven would find the happiness she longed for ... free from the scorn and contempt of her past!

In her grandmother's fine, rich Boston house, Heaven Leigh Casteel dreamed of a wonderful new life - of new friends, the best schools, beautiful clothes, and most important, love. The pearls of culture, wisdom, and breeding would now be hers. Soon she would make the Casteel name respectable, find her brothers and sisters, and have a family again. But even in the world of the wealthy, there were strange forebodings, secrets best forgotten. And as Heaven reached out for love, she was slowly ensnared in a sinister web of cruel deceit and hidden passions!

Fallen Hearts

Proud and beautiful, Heaven came back to the hills - to rise at last above her family's shame!

As Logan's bride, she would savour now the love she had sought for so long. And free from her father's clutches, she would live again in her backwoods town, a respected teacher and cherished wife. But after a wedding trip to Boston's Farthinggale Manor and a lavish, elegant party, Heaven and Logan are persuaded to stay... lured by Tony Tatterton's guile to live amidst the Tatterton wealth and privelege. Then the ghost's of Heaven's past rise up once more, writhing around her fragile happiness... threatening her precious love with scandal and jealousy, sinister passions and dangerous dreams!

Gates of Paradise

Stunned by tragedy, desperate and alone, Heaven's daughter clung to the frailest of dreams!

The car crash that killed Heaven & Logan left Annie Casteel Stonewall orphaned and crippled. Whisked off to Farthinggale Manor by the possessive Tony Tatterton, Annie pines for her lost family, but especially for Luke, her half-brother. Friend of her childhood, her fantasy prince, her loving confidante... without the warm glow of Luke's love, she is lost in the shadows of despair. When Annie discovers Troy's cottage hidden in Farthinggale's woods, the mystery of her past deepens. And even as she yearns to see Luke again, her hopes and dreams are darkened by the sinister Casteel spell... treacherous, powerful, and evil!

Web of Dreams

With nowhere to go, no one to help her, Leigh fled into the arms of Luke Casteel!

Leigh VanVoreen had to escape from Boston's Farthinggale Manor. The foul secret she harbored within her seemed to darken her life forever. Jillian, her mother, would not believe her... and Tony Tatterton, her stepfather, had betrayed her most cruelly. But the pure devotion of Luke Casteel promised her hope and respect. Only Luke knew her deepest of secrets... Only Luke would love and protect her. Bravely she bore the suspicions of the Willies' hillfolk, as she tried to grasp the happiness that had so long eluded her. Leigh prayed with all her heart that her bright, shining dream would save her from tragedy at last...

Casteel - Main Characters

* Jillian VanVoreen Tatterton - Mother of Leigh
1st wife to Cleave
2nd wife to Tony
* Cleave VanVoreen - Stepfather to Leigh
1st husband to Jillian
2nd husband to Mildred
* Jana Jankins - Mother of Jillian
* Townsend Anthony Tatterton ("Tony") - Husband to Jillian
Father of Heaven
* Troy Langdon Tatterton - Father to Annie
Brother to Tony
* Leigh "Angel" Diane VanVoreen Casteel - Mother of Heaven
Wife to Luke Casteel
* Mildred Pierce VanVoreen - Wife to Cleave
* Luke Toby Casteel - Son of Toby and Annie
Father of Tom, Fanny, Keith, Jane, & Drake
Stepfather to Heaven
1st husband to "Angel"
2nd husband to Sarah
3rd husband to Stacie
* Sarah Williams Casteel - Wife to Luke
Mother of Tom, Fanny, Keith, & Jane
* Toby Casteel - Husband to Annie
Father of Luke
* Annie Brandywine Casteel - Wife to Toby
Mother to Luke
* Heaven Leigh Casteel Tatterton Stonewall - Wife to Logan
Mother to Annie
Daughter of Leigh & Tony
* Thomas Luke Casteel - Son of Luke & Sarah
* Logan Stonewall - Husband to Heaven
Father to Luke Jr.
* Keith Mark Casteel Rawlings - Son of Luke & Sarah
Adoptive son of Lester & Rita Rawlings
* "Our" Jane Ellen Casteel Rawlings - Daughter of Luke & Sarah
Adoptive daughter of Lester & Rita Rawlings
* Fanny Louisa Mallory Wilcox Casteel/"Louisa Wise" - Mother of Darcy & Luke Jr.
1st wife to Ole Mallory
2nd wife to Randall Wilcox
* Lester & Rita Rawlings - Adoptive parents of Keith & Jane
* Reverend Wayland Wise - Husband to Mrs. Wise
Father of Darcy Wise
* Rosalynn Wise - Adoptive mother of Darcy
* Buck Henry - "Adoptive" parent to Tom
* Darcy Wise - Daughter of Fanny & Rev. Wise
* Kitty Setterton Dennison - Wife to Cal
* Calhoun Dennison - Husband to Kitty
* Stacie Casteel - Wife to Luke
Mother of Drake
* Walter "Drake" Casteel - Son of Luke & Stacie
* Annie Tatterton Stonewall - Daughter of Heaven & Troy
* Luke Toby Casteel, Jr. - Son of Fanny & Logan
* Randall Wilcox - Husband to Fanny
* Chester Godwin - Father to Leigh
* Miss Marianne Deale - teacher in Winnerow
* Jeff & Langdon Casteel - Luke's brothers (in jail)
* Peggy & Beatrice Jankins - Jillian's sisters (from TX)