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Meridon (Wideacre #3)

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Meridon knows she does not belong in the dirty, vagabond life of a gypsy bareback rider. The half-remembered vision of another life burns in her heart, even as her beloved sister, Dandy, risks everything for their future. Alone, Meridon follows the urgings of her dream, riding in the moonlight past the rusted gates, up the winding drive to a house -- clutching the golden c ...more
Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published (first published May 3rd 1990)
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Sarah
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Karla
After 2 trainwrecky and emotionally-wringing installments of incest and abuse, this one was very subdued and almost normal. Unfortunately there were a lot of words in this brick of normal, and so many scenes dragged on and on with the painstaking description, particularly of the land. Now, in the past books, I loved the land bits because Beatrice was so invested in it. She practically orgasmed thinking about it. Julia's love for the land was driven by a deep social conscience.

Meridon was simply
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Lauren
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Liz
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Annette
I couldn't put this book down. I stayed up until 4am to read it. I had to know what was going to happen and couldn't wait.
The last book of the Wideacre story. It's not what I expected, which was good. The first two books were alot the same, so this was a change.
Like so many characters from Wideacre I felt so sorry for Meridon and the hardships she went through, but it made her a strong, independent person. She was able to experience so much more in life then the other characters in the first t
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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. Meridon is our heroine for this book. I can't say much without spoiling, but this one gives us a much different perspective on Wideacre, and it's little village. This is the best book of the trilogy, by far.

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
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Recynd
I confess: I usually love Philippa's books. Are they heady? No. Particularly clever? Rarely. But still, love them I do.

This one, though, sucked ass. Once I noticed the abundance of metaphors and similes, I was helpless to ignore them and found myself counting appearances (c'mon, does a sentence REALLY require FOUR of them??). Not to mention stomach-churning sex scenes including, "...fervently wishing he would plow my fertile soil..."

Sweet Moses.
Lindy Jones
Philippa Gregory writes absolutely brilliant historical fiction, but this was not one of her best. Gregory is far more comfortable during the Tudor years, and it shows. It is very obvious, especially to a rabid Georgette Heyer fan like me, that she must have read quite a bit of Heyer before writing this book. Names, characterizations, and other details (like Meridon donning mens clothing all the time) were obviously borrowed from Heyer.
On a positive note, when Meridon is poor and working as a b
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Mimi Wolske
With equal portions of dialogue and description in the depressing last book of the trilogy, I can say I'm glad to be done with this one.

While there is descript kissing, there are only vague references to sex...making this particular novel equally a novel for adults and YA. I liked this one less than book 2 and consider book 1 the better of the three. Wideacre (book 1) was an impeccable novel; The Favoured Child (book 2) was a bit disappointing, and, well, Meridon… Meridon was even more so.

I like
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Andreea
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Kari
I have to disagree with a lot of people about this series. I absolutly loved it. I will admit that I found the first book, Wideacre, the least enjoyable, but I still rate it a 5. P.G. has become one of my favorite authors, she tells such a vivid story. Her stories may not be everyone's cup of tea, especially this trilogy, but I enjoy them very much.
I think that all three women in these books have qualities that can be admirable, yet they all have demons. I think it makes them more real. I like
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Kelly Logan
FINALLY, something good happens for this family...well...sorta. At least she doesn't throw her life away or die in the end and finds some sense of happiness. As always with these families, though, there's plenty of drama and trouble. I went into this book expecting nothing. Still, Phillippa, I love your writing...even when you do the unthinkable and scandalize me to where I want to throw the book across the room. My friends just laugh at me when I get worked up and tell them about what's going o ...more
Emily
Absolutely skip Gregory's Wideacre books. So bad and tedious- worse than daytime soap operas.
Samantha Trillium
*** I won't hide this review because of spoilers, but if you have not read the first two novels in the Wideacre trilogy, then this review will indeed be a massive spoiler to you!!!!***

Meridon is a gypsy brat raised with her "twin" sister, Dandy, by her abusive Da and neglectful Step Ma. Meridon wakes up every day in their dirty old wagon thinking "I don't belong here." Her Da has her training horses to sell to the Quality, and teaches her how to cheat at cards.
One day both Meridon and Dandy are
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Leane
I hate to say this, but I thought the final chapter of the Wideacre trilogy was going to be much better than that. By all means, share your opposing viewpoints, but I honestly thought that it was somewhat of a letdown. About two chapters of the story take place at Wideacre. I found myself missing the beautiful descriptions of the land that Beatrice and Julia so loved and understood so well. I was confused at the conflicting emotions in Meridon. She seemed to have this strong passion for the land ...more
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
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Angt27
This is one of my favourite Philippa Gregory books and the only one I like out of the Wideacre series. I have reread it several times. If you've read the other two and have found the incest a bit weird - don't worry, there isn't any in Meridon.

The story is split into two parts, being Meridon when she is poor and living as a gypsy/horse trainer, and Meridon when she is rich and trying to fit in. The story provides a fascinating expose of the nasty rich of the time (if you enjoy Diana Norma books,
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Sunflower
I should have liked this book more than I did. It was the third of a series I had read almost accidentally, and the other two were surprisingly readable in spite of my personal predjudice against historical novels. I even enjoyed the first part of this one, but once the pivotal moment occurred in this story, (notice the careful avoidance of detail in an attempt not to spoil) I began to dislike not only the heroine, but all the other people involved as well because they felt like caricatures of r ...more
Ashley
I was a little dissapointed with this book. i liked the beginning about the horse show. then after that...it was a little boring compared to the first 2 books. I was expecting something a little more twisted, bigger, grander. I wanted Meridon/Sarah to let robert gower know she was quality and that he lost or something like that. i wanted what he said about not being good enough for his son to be smacked back into his face. I wanted to know what happened to Ralph. Did he know that wideacre was gi ...more
Darci
Six Stars!!! I love Phillipa Gregory and I expect to love her books... which can set the bar a little high when I pick up one I haven't read. I didn't read the first 2 of this trilogy (and I didn't need to to follow this story) but I could not put this book down!! I tried reading while folding clothes, while eating breakfast, while pretending to play with the kids... seriously, it was such a great, great escape book! Is it literary fiction? Full of perfectly formed paragraphs? Are the characters ...more
Julia
The final Wideacre Series book! The final scene in this book (again, won't give anything away!) leaves the reader feeling satisfied and as if all-is-right with the world, if you will. Philippa Gregory is a master at historical fiction and the Widacre Series is wonderful (and under-rated, I think!).
One of the best thing about this series is to see the stark contrast between the women in each book, their various personalities, and different love-stories. Despite being mothers-daughters, they are
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Camille
Well thank goodness we seem to have moved away from some of the darkness that filled the first two books - possibly at the price of losing some of the grip of the series...but maybe not. I didn't find this book quite as enthralling, although I couldn't help but be continually wondering when the depravity would set it. As in The Favored Child, I found myself mostly irritated by Sarah as the book progressed - I guess the story-line didn't go quite as I hoped. At least she ended up with the right g ...more
Jocelyn
I didn't realize this was the third to a trilogy... I like the author, read the back, thought it sounded good and went with it. I must have missed the part about it being #3! The story can stand alone as it's own, and I didn't seem to need knowledge from the first two books to like the book. The story didn't move along at times. I got frustrated with the character Meridon for being stubborn for the sake of being stubborn. The ending was probably 10 pages longer than it needed to be. Instead of g ...more
Katherine
Considering this book took me almost a month to get into, it wasn't nearly as engaging as the first two installments. Meridon was a bit boring, and the lacing was snail paced slow. I'll probably pick it back up someday, but for now I must bid it adieu.
Leslee
Liked this one better than the second in the trilogy but felt it really suffered after they got to WideAcre. The grand adventure of the circus life was much more fun to read about. In the end I think it redeemed itself and was a fun little read.
Laura Purcell
The last in the Wideacre trilogy and my favourite. It's good when a series ends with the best book, I've read so many that fall down at the last hurdle. The first half, in particular, is fascinating because it takes place in the world outside of Wideacre and transports you to a land of gypsies and show grounds. I like the fact that Gregory never romanticises the life of the poor - Meridon is a gruff character who acts as a girl with her experience would. But for all her rough edges, Meridon is a ...more
Holly
I thought this was a pleasant way to wrap up a series that was often full of unpleasantries. Assuming you read the previous two books of the Wideacre trilogy, you find yourself waffling between loving and hating Meridon/Sarah. Gregory made Meridon a fine blend of Beatrice (Wideacre) and Julia (The Favored Child). Meridon discovers her past and her ownership of a fancy estate, but perhaps the best parts of the book come before Meridon has any idea that Wideacre actually exists. The life she leads ...more
Cristina
I really enjoyed the main character in this book. This is the third book in Philippa Gregory's Wideacre series and I am currently reading the first book, Wideacre. Meridon is a multi-dimensional, complicated, but unbeknownst to her, very decent character. Having grown up dirt poor in Georgian England, she is used to living a cutthroat life without trust for even one's family, excepting her sister, Dandy, whom she is very protective of. Meridon is a strong character who learns how to love and tru ...more
Francine
This is the end of the trilogy. I stumbled upon this work at my public library and am I glad!

Gregory is genius with historical fiction. I love her details, she paints a scene so that you can really sense it. Her characters and their relationships ring true.

At the very beginning of Chapter 40 she had me cheering "If we go on as we are going,with people thinking of nothing but making fortunes and caring nothing for their workers and caring nothing for the land, then they will regret it." Also, ...
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Wendy Howard
This was my review for Kaiwaka Library...

Meet Meridon; a gypsy girl living with her twin sister, their cruel and violent stepfather, and his woman. Their mother died when the girls were little. The two girls are badly treated, but have skills that make them useful and help keep them alive - Meridon has a way with horses, and Dandy is an expert poacher and thief.

Meridon has always had dreams of "Wide", a place where she can be free of the hardships of the only life she has ever known, and enterta
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more
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