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The Favored Child by Philippa Gregory
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Jul 31, 2008

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bookshelves: books-about-england, books-in-a-series
Recommended for: historical fiction fans
Read in July, 2008

** spoiler alert ** This book was better than the first book in the trilogy - the main character was more likable. It still had some gross incest though. The main character, Julia was born as the result of an incestuous relationship between her mother and her uncle (mother's brother. Julia's cousin, Richard was born out of the same incestuous relationship but they do not realize that they are brother and sister because they are raised as cousins. As a young lady, Julia is raped by Richard and becomes pregnant. Yuck - two children created from incest get together and create another baby from incest. Talk about in-breeding!

Even though these gross relationships take place in this book too,this one was more enjoyable. Julia seemed to really care about the people in Wildacre, and she was genuine. She was not at all like the psychopath Beatrice (her mother) in the first book, and she is able to overcome her psychopath of a "cousin-brother-husband" in the end. When she realizes that Richard is her brother she immediately withdraws from the relationship because she knows it is wrong. I am curious to read the next book to see if her daughter (and Richard's), Sarah turns out better than her grandmother and father!

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