Wideacre (Wideacre #1)
Philippa Gregory’s first novel, a tale of passion and intrigue set in the eighteenth century.
Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the eighteenth century she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others. Sexual and wilful, she b...more
After two rather blah reads (A Respectable Trade and Fallen Skies, the latter which I will certainly re-attempt), this hefty saga was recommended to me by the awesome Sarah, whose similarly awesome revi ...more
Other books by this author are far, far better. Skip it! Read 'The Other Boleyn Girl' or 'The Boleyn Inheritance'!
Another one that went up on Bookmooch right away, and surprisingly was snapped right up. ...more
She was perhaps one of the shrewdest, most vile characters I have come across. She had no conscience and took down everything and everyone that stood in her way. Half way through the bo ...more
I agree the incest is gross. It's definitely not the sort that draws a reader's sympathy (like, say, Flowers in the Attic). But once ...more
I did find myself actually wishing Beatrice would get her way during parts of the novel, which surp ...more
It was trashy, entertaining, and scandalous.
Beatrice was an unlikable character but I LOVED her. She was shameless, and it was oddly refreshing to not have her (really) angst about her moral failings.
This was, to date, the most entertaining book Gregory has ever written.
Beatrice reminded me a lot of Scarlett, but like the bad girl version.
Also some V.C. Andrews thrown in with the incest and gothic feels.
Not for the faint of heart tho.
A ruthlessly sexy yet detestible anti-heroine captivates your attention as she will do anything to inherit her childhood plantation, including
arrange the murder of her own father, murder the murderer, commit incest with her brother, strangle-hold her own sister-in-law, arrange the murder of her mother, and drive her husband to ruin.
Yet with all this evil, the book's genteel language and spectac ...more
This book, in addition to that, also did the very difficult job of telling a story that was compelling and moving while at the same time starring and unlikeable character. Beatrice Lacey is a young woman with her while life ahead of her and only one thing she wants: her father's land, Wideacre. As this is a story set in the eighteen hundreds, Beatrice co ...more
This was Gregory’s first novel. My paperback copy is 648 pages long, and in my opinion, could have been told in about 400 pages. It is Gregory’s usual fast page-turning style, and as gripping as her other novels, you can’t help but need to kn ...more
* The book could've been shorter by at least a third. There was way too much repetition, both of themes and specific phrases. Too often I found myself thinking, Yes, I GET IT, she loves Wideacre more than anything, they can see the paddock from the house, he has "plump buttocks." YOU DON'T HAVE TO KEEP REMINDING ME.
* I felt a little worse about myself and the wor ...more
Seems that a lot of readers were bothered by all the evil and sinfulness, but frankly, all things which should unsettle me were described so incompetently I could only snicker.
How can the main character be really evil and irresistible, if she considers herself evil and irresistible, and never lets you forget it, because she's the narrator? It's no fun ...more
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Feb 27, 2015 12:28PM|
|Wonderful Book||20||84||Feb 26, 2015 05:43AM|
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|Rubbish!||42||292||Jun 29, 2013 05:25PM|