The Favored Child (Wideacre, #2)
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The Favored Child (Wideacre #2)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  7,400 ratings  ·  380 reviews
The Wideacre estate is bankrupt. The villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But, in the Dower House, two children are being raised in protected innocence.

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 ca...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published July 1st 1990 by Pocket Books (first published 1989)
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Karla (Mossy Love Grotto)
OMG, I just overwrote my review for this one with ANOTHER review. *headdesk headdesk headdesk* Fuck it, I'm not rewriting it. So Review 2.0 will just be a series of incoherent ramblings written against the deadline of my laptop battery cacking on me.

* 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
Wow, what is this...a trilogy about incest? At least one of the characters was a reluctant participant for this second book in the trilogy. This family has more bad karma than Oedipus. All the aristocratic decadence makes you want to cheer for the French Revolution and the guillotine. Whopping story, though, in a pervy kind of way.
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This is book 2 in a 3 part trilogy. Wideacre was the original book which started with Beatrice and her brother Harry. The Favored Child picks up with Beatrice's children Julia and Richard. I have read a lot of books but I've never read a book that I hated a character so much. Everytime Richard's name was even mentioned I wanted to slap him.

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
It's bad.
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.
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Well - moving straight from Wildacre to this book, I was less than surprised to find similar themes. Unfortunately, where I somehow couldn't keep myself from liking Beatrice (I know - horrible, right?), I just couldn't seem to get on Julia's side. Right off the bat I was annoyed at her for not standing up for herself to Richard - a theme which continued throughout the entire book. I even put the book down in disgust and didn't come back to it for an entire evening (gasp!) SO frustrated. The only...more
Mimi Wolske
Fascinating, gripping, sexual, sensuous, grim, incestuous, a little mysterious, horrifying, unrelenting despair (and by comparison, I think Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbeyvilles got off light)—if these adjectives don't discourage you away from this love-it-or-hate-it book, you're in for a real ride.

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
What a horrible book that I couldn't put down.
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
Dec 24, 2007 Paula rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No One
The Favored Child. It was the 2nd book in a trilogy. I have since read the 1st book- Widacre and the 3rd- Meridon. the 1st and 2nd books were very annoying because you just HATE everyone in it. They basically make the same mistakes over and over proving that they are all idiots....who love incest apparently...anyway, the 3rd book was a little better b/c it was different than the first two and actually came to a resolution that wasn't totally idiotic as previous no inc...more
2nd in the trilogy. Doesn't quite grab you like the first one. Seems like the brother is one of those pups that should have been drowned at birth.
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.
Sep 05, 2007 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Wideacres
Themes continue from Wideacres...
The fun is in the main character's discovery of what you already know from Wideacres.
Weirdly addictive, but twisted book. While appalled at what I was reading, couldn't put it down.
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
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
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Robin Wiley
If you like Jane Austen, but wish it wasn't quite so vanilla - this trilogy is for you!

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.

"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
I wasn't quite so keen on this one. As in, seriously, incest was weird in the first book, and totally unnecessary in this one. And the emotional abuse and guilt tripping of Julia by Richard was just not on. Plus, I didn't connect with the characters in the same way. In Beatrice, there were elements of her personality which I liked, or recognised from myself, like the fact that she's stubborn and knows her own mind. That made her relatable for me, meaning that even when she did some horrific thin...more
Cheyenne DeBorde
I love Gregory, you all know that, but I think the title of this could be reasonably replaced with "mandatory sequel because I got a trilogy deal" and still be accurate. The first book was stunning and obviously written from instinct and sensory immersion, but this one felt suspiciously like it was from the head and a plotting corkboard. The main character felt silly and weak for no story-related reason, and the characters who were deeply complex and reasonable in Wideacre became inconsistent an...more
Amy John
Great Sequel to Wideacre. You need to push yourself through the first few chapters but it is worth the effort, it all pays out in the end with a big finish.

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
Axie Barclay
Picking up where Wideare left off, The Favored Child loses no momentum as is as amazing as the first installment of Philippa Gregory’s Lacey saga.

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 found that there was too much romanticising about the landscape. I can see that it might be interesting to some but for me it was just a bit too much. I felt like the story was scattered and didn't quite gel.
It may be due to the fact that I never read the first book in the trilogy. Overall I found that I was wishing I was at the end of the book quite often as I was reading but I hate to leave a book unfinished unless it is totally unreadable. I didn't find the build up to the ending to be beli...more
I HATE Richard, I haven't even finished the book yet, I'm so angry I just had to write about it!!! why dosent she tell anyone?? he ruined her betrothed marriage, raped her, deffo killed that poor horse near the begining of the book and is pure evil!!! OMG im so angry I wish I could jump into the story and sort it out!!! Why did he kill poor Clary? Why didnt julia clobber him around the head with a rock when he raped her? And she ends up marrying him??? what an idiot!!!I havent read the first boo...more
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Where to start?

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
Wendy Howard
My review for Kaiwaka Library...

Following on from "Wideacre", this is the story of Richard and Julia, Beatrice and Harry's children. They themselves, and almost everyone around them, think they are cousins, though their "parents" Celia and John know the truth. They've been brought up together as cousins in the Dower House, since the night of Beatrice's death when the main house was destroyed, but with John's earnings abroad their lives are turned around and they start to live as the wealthy fami...more
Samantha Trillium
This book took a bit for me to get into at first. The first book in this trilogy (Wideacre), was just so intense that I actually had to read a couple of other books in between before I was ready to continue on.

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
Mar 02, 2014 Virginia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody. Unless you've read Wideacre and you can't stand not finishing a series.
Recommended to Virginia by: No one.
I really disliked this book. Julia is a huge pushover and I cannot believe that she let Richard treat her the way she did. Especially toward the end (view spoiler) . At first I felt bad for her, but then I couldn't feel bad anymore because she let the bad things happen to herself. Even when she had the power to stop them. The only time I was tr...more
Victoria Murata
What a glum story! I realize it's the middle book of a trilogy, and I did not (nor will I) read the first or third books, but I couldn't even feel empathy for the main character, Julia, when everything bad that could happen to her did happen--mostly because she allowed it. I have to say that she was the wimpiest protagonist I have ever come across. Her cousin Richard was the stereotypical bad boy who victimized her in every way possible, and she just bowed her head and accepted it.
Part of my dis...more
I'm working my way through the Wideacre trilogy. The second book continues the themes of the first one and is written in the same style. Pagan gods, seeing the future, and other phenomenon repeat throughout the book. It is dark and full of suspense.

But it also tells a very modern story, despite its eighteenth century setting. The main character deals with a changing economy, changing way of doing business, she deals with romance, and she deals with cruel emotional and physical abuse. While the c...more
Tracy Morton
"The Favoured Child" is the second book in the Wildacre Trilogy. This trilogy follows the lives of three generations of a well to do family. Unfortunately I was not able to get my hands on the first book, "Wildacre", to read before "The Favoured Child". Despite that fact, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I do feel that having the background knowledge of what happened in this family the generation before would have been interesting but it is not necessary to follow the story.

This story follows th...more
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