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Preview — The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory
The Favored Child (Wideacre #2)
Equal claimants to the estate, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry. Only one can be the favored child. Only one...more
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* OMG, the gloomz & doomz in this one got me down, but not as much if I hadn't previously read The Girl From Storyville where the heroine also made all kinds of decisions that screwed her life six ways from Sunday, AND The Women of Eden which had ...more
It's painful to read.
I think Gregory enjoys torturing her characters a little TOO much.
I read pretty well until about page 450 or so, but I just couldn't take it anymore. I skimmed the rest. I HAD to see what happened but I didn't want to actually READ it.
Years after the riot that led to the downfall of the Laceys, Wideacre, and Acre, the squires Richard and Julia slowly follow the footsteps their parents made. If you haven't read the first one, then you may want to remember Richard and Julia are incestual spawns of Beatrice and Lacey. Oh and they are betrothed to each other. We follow Julia's perspective on how she learns to love the land like Beatrice once did before going S&M on her brother. An ...more
No spoilers if you have read book 1.
In Book 1, Beatrice makes sure that both her children are joint heirs for Acre. The children don't know it, but they are n ...more
This one looks at what became of the incestuous children of Wideacre, and the narrator is Julia, whom we know to be Beatrice and Harry's daughter although she has never been told. She is an intriguing if frustrating main character. I li ...more
A little past the middle of the book I was getting frustrated
and di start to skim through it to see what was going to happen.
It was just too difficult to read what Richard was doing.
I wanted to reach into the book and strangle him. He needed to be
dumped into a deep, dark dungeon and suffer for the rest of his life.
Death was too good for him.
As for Julia...Ralph tried to make her see the light.
When she didn't tell John and her mom what Richard had d ...more
Waiting to see what he does to screw up the protatagonists impending marriage.
Well, Richard is just completely insane, isn't he. And, as for Julia, I just kept screaming, "tell somebody, just tell somebody." Frustrating book to read.
Philippa Gregory's "The Favored Child" was written so expertly it did not depend too heavily on "Wideacre" (the first book of her trilogy) ... I know this because I did not read the first book, bu ...more
"The favored child. The favored child. She always was the favored child."
Setting:Middlehurst, West Sussex, England; the late eighteenth century
Coverly Love?:I don't like it as well as the first cover, but it's still pretty, so overall yes.
Plot:It's been 11 years since Beatrice Lacey has ruined her beloved Wideacre. She leaves behind her daughter and son, Julia and Richard, to carry on the family name and run Wideacre. raised by their loving "Mama-Aunt" Celia, they are raised in the lands ruins ...more
Julia Lacey, joint heir to the Wideacre estate, tells the story of her family, her aunt Beatrice who ruined Wideacre, and her and her cousin’s, Richard, attempts to revitalize the estate again. But things go horribly wrong with the tragic death of a horse and a hawk, which see what the adults should have seen all along.
Love, cruelty, unexpected famil ...more
I should also add, that seeing as this is book two, if you have not read book one, you probably shouldn't read on, as it will spoil the ending of Wideacre.
I was so upset at the ending of Wideacre, when Beatrice died. Aside from her gross love affairs with her idiot brother, I really love ...more
The Favored Child's main strength and its primary weakness is its connection to the first book, Wideacre. It relies on a similar pattern, plotwise, and very much on the legacy of Beatrice Lacey. This combination is at its absolute strongest in the book's second act when Julia Lacey is flourishing, learning to use her Lacey magic to triumphantly be everything that Beatrice should have bee ...more
Each book is the story of a daughter of the grand estate, Wideacre. Julia is our heroine for this book.
If you are just looking for an easy period romance, I think you can have that here. My stepmother enjoyed this series, and she has no use for themes and discussion of those themes. Give her pretty dresses, pretty gardens to stroll in, grand balls, handsome men and fine marriages. She's a happy camper.
What is happening in the book is indeed quite outrageous, but I could just as well get over the more icky parts - stuff like that never bothered me in literature, it makes things a bit more spicy. What I cannot actually believe, or understand is how the main character could be so spineless and st00pid.
Why was there any admiration from the village in the first place? Julia never once put her foot dow ...more
I began reading The Favoured Child a few weeks after I finished Wideacre. And at times I felt as if it were a tired, dragged on retelling of the first book.
The author's language is maddeningly repetitive. The book could have done a lot better without the endless descriptions of the land and the water and how beautiful and fertile and awesome it was...Like I get the point!
Although it was a gripping read, and the ending was heartwrenching, I was simply tired by the mindlessly tortu ...more
Gregory’s early works are starting to remind me of V.C. Andrews’ style of ...more
I found myself yelling at the book at times for this child's ignorant perception on reality. It is obvious that Philippa wanted the characters to play out this way, and it makes it so much fun when you get to almost interact with the book . Made it feel like that scene in the movie of the "Neverending Story" where Sebastian is in the janitor ...more