Beatrice Lacey, the daughter of the Squire of Wideacre struggles with gender barriers in 18th century England. Her unable brother, Henry, is set to inBeatrice Lacey, the daughter of the Squire of Wideacre struggles with gender barriers in 18th century England. Her unable brother, Henry, is set to inherit the family estate upon their fathers death. However Beatrice believes that she is would make a better leader than Henry. Beatrice must decided how far she is willing to go to achieve her dream of being a Squire of Wideacre and if the ends justify the means.
I have read "Wideacre" by Philippa Gregory twice and still love it! It is one of my favorite books (hence it's 6-star status!). Beatrice does a great job of narrating the book and it gives the reader a different perspective. Most books that are told from first person point of view are often told from a persons perspective who the reader likes and this is not the case. As a narrator, Beatrice explains all of her actions and the thought process behind them, which helps the reader stomach it is certain situations. For those who read the book and believe that (view spoiler)[ the incest is an example of how sick Beatrice is I disagree with you. It shows how far she is willing to go to be Squire. I view it as a commentary on the time period and how society restricted women to household roles that they were forced to act like this. Beatrice stated on several occasions said that she did not like doing this but viewed it as 'her rent' for still living on Wideacre. (hide spoiler)]
Overall I loved this book, and the other ones in the series for that matter, and loved the depth of character that Gregory included.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Similarly to its' Wideacre Trilogy predecessors, "Meridon" does not fall short on important societal themes, symbolism and dissecting the family dynamSimilarly to its' Wideacre Trilogy predecessors, "Meridon" does not fall short on important societal themes, symbolism and dissecting the family dynamic. "Meridon" gives the Wideacre Trilogy fans the ending that they desire - I can assure you - that even Julia and Beatrice could praise.
Philippa Gregory continues her commentary on 19th century societal roles of women, but this time through the impoverished life of Meridon. She views the life of Quality to be easier and superior to her life as a gypsy brat, but, she is mistaken. Once everything and nothing is taken away from Meridon, it will be up to her alone to figure out what is valued, treasured and important in life, Quality or not. ...more
Wideacre is ruined. The land is dead, poverty marks the tenants and the Lacey's have no money or power to change it all. This is the seReread Review:
Wideacre is ruined. The land is dead, poverty marks the tenants and the Lacey's have no money or power to change it all. This is the second generation of Lacey's - Richard and Julia - to rule over the estate and try to make it prosper once more. After John MacAndrew returns from India with a large fortune and family believes that their luck - and more importantly Acre's - has finally improve. Unfortunately they were all dead wrong.
This is my second time reading "The Favored Child". I enjoyed it the first time, however I enjoyed it much more the second time around. I was able to notice things that I did not before about Julia and Richard in an attempt to understand their complex relationship. Even though the first book proved to be too much for some readers, I still would recommend "The Favored Child". There are so many themes in this book, as well as the first one, that include: the role of women/women's rights, family, politics and more.
The Wideacre Trilogy still proves why it is one of my favorite book series. ...more
Amari is enjoying a typical day in her native Africa. She sees her fiance, Besa, her mother and father and other friends. Everything is normal until tAmari is enjoying a typical day in her native Africa. She sees her fiance, Besa, her mother and father and other friends. Everything is normal until the white people arrive, then her life changes. Amari then finds herself on a ship to an unknown destination, her family dead, village destroyed and broken spirit. She reaches South Carolina and is bought by the highest bidder as a present for his sixteen year old son. With nothing else to live for Amari must find one thing that will keep her going: hope.
"Copper Sun" tacked a difficult yet important subject in American history. The novel portrays some of the violence and downright disgusting things slaveowners did to their slaves. It mentioned these event but did not bring the emotional punch that other young adult historical fiction books brought (even those with not as emotional of a subject). I expected more from "Copper Sun" in terms of character development. Slavery in the 1700's is an emotional topic and could have had a better impact on readers through the complexity of the characters. ...more
"The Silver Rose" is the third book of Susan Carroll's Dark Queen Saga. It's now Miri Cheney's turn for an adventure as she and infamous witch-hunter"The Silver Rose" is the third book of Susan Carroll's Dark Queen Saga. It's now Miri Cheney's turn for an adventure as she and infamous witch-hunter Simon Aristride try to stop the new force of evil in 1580's France: The Silver Rose. However the Silver Rose is not as much of a threat to Miri as the return of her adoring suitor, the Wolf, who carries a dangerous secret of his own. By teaming up with Simon, Miri and him defy the throne and the Cheney family to put a stop to the greatest evil imaginable.
This book was a fun read that connected the previous books well. The love of Miri and Simon is not over done and was one of my favorite parts of the novel. The other books featured more of the other sisters, which is an aspect that I wished "The Silver Rose" included. Especially being ten years since Gabrielle and Remy married, and even longer for Ariane and her Comte, hearing what happened to these memorable characters would have been a great addition. ...more
Seattle, Washington 1994: Tess Gregory -a deaf physician- is walked into the street when she was hit by a bus. She awakes and can suddenly hear, afterSeattle, Washington 1994: Tess Gregory -a deaf physician- is walked into the street when she was hit by a bus. She awakes and can suddenly hear, after being deaf since the age of seven, and meets her 'guide' Carol. Carol informs Tess of her death but is given a new chance a life. Tess has the opportunity to select a new life, like a second chance. San Juan Island, Washington Territory, 1873: Tess wakes up in a hospital bed, next to a man. They are married, have three children and plenty of marriage/family issues. She wants to work with this broken family to create the dream she wanted as a child. Tess died for a chance of love, hopefully she will not give up that easily.
Kristin Hannah transformed the life of Tess, by giving her a another chance, but more important another chance for the Rafferty family. The motivation to repair the damage she inherited displays Tess' amazing nature. "Once in Every Life" is every bit an adorable read without the mind bending concepts of other time travel novels. I enjoyed the friendships, family and love this novel was about. It was a fabulous feel-good read that makes you wonder if your fate lies in a different century. ...more
The Roman war hero, Titus Andronicus, returns home from battle with the Queen of the Goths, her three sons and Aaron. After Titus kills one of Queen TThe Roman war hero, Titus Andronicus, returns home from battle with the Queen of the Goths, her three sons and Aaron. After Titus kills one of Queen Tamora's sons, he soon learns that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
This early Shakespearian play the the best revenge story that I have ever found. The lengths that Tamora went to in order to avenge her son's death is amazing and slightly disturbing. Typical to other Shakespearian tragedies the action is intense in the first three acts, shows during the fourth and all hell brakes loose in the final act. I have been dying to read this play for a good six months now and I am very happy that it delivered!
In general I am a huge fan of Shakespeare. I think he is a genius. The images, symbols rich characters and inappropriate jokes always keep me entertained. "Titus Andronicus" is definitely one of my favorite Shakespearian plays! ...more
Anne Hobb's braves Alaska to become Chicken's new teacher. There her life's adventure begins-an adventure that pits her against the relentless AlaskanAnne Hobb's braves Alaska to become Chicken's new teacher. There her life's adventure begins-an adventure that pits her against the relentless Alaskan winter and Chickenites. A revolutionary minded Anne is constantly stepping on the town's people's toes through her close relations with the Indians and even closer relations with half-breeds. Alon the way three men court Anne's favor: Joe Temple, Cabaret Temple and Fred Purdy. Through all of the turmoil of teaching, winters and men Anne finds herself in the harsh Alaskan climate.
I really like books like "Tisha". They travel the reader into a new world that is believable and real. It is raw with emotion- especially during the harsh winters- that demonstrates what people will do to survive. The book is an entertaining read! ...more