Wideacre (The Wideacre Trilogy #1)
Beatrice Lacey, as strong-minded as she is beautiful, refuses to conform to the social customs of her time. Destined to lose her family name and beloved Wideacre estate once she is wed, Beatrice will use any means necessary to protect her ancestral heritage. Seduction, betrayal, even murder Beatrice's passion is without apology or conscience. "She is a Lacey of Wideacre,...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 onc...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
I did find myself actually wishing Beatrice would get her way during parts of the novel, which surp...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
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
once she had agreed her father should be killed and started sleeping with her brother, i wondered why the hell am i reading this. yet unlike 2 other books i have listed on here that i was able to just put down and leave, here i wanted to find out more so i read it to the very end...600+ pages. i've never read a character written so shamelessly evil that wasn't a side character or almost a caricature of a villian. she was evil to the very end and not one apology for it. the strang...more
Had to constantly remind myself in what era this was. It was hard and raw and unforgiving and a survival of the fittest era. The past was not always romance and roses and courting and pretty stories. This book is the perfect example.
Did not like Harry or the mom much, but that was the point. You understand the Mom better when Bea says something in the book and you have a ja benef...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
I assume this was because, up until then, I had always assumed the protagonist was a goodie. They just had to be. However, the main character in this,...more