The Wideacre Trilogy: Wideacre + The Favoured Child + Meridon
The Wideacre Trilogy
Beatrice Lacey, strong-minded and beautiful, refuses to conform to the social customs of her time. Destined to lose her family name and beloved Wideacre estate once she is married, Beatrice will use any means:--seduction, betrayal, even murder--to protect her...more
My best friend gave me the set of these books for Christmas (and she's a preacher's wife!), knowing that I love Philippa Gregory.
These are not typical Philippa Gregory books.
The first book, Wildacre, is about Beatrice Lacey and her love for her home Wildacre and its land. She will do anything, and I mean anything, for it. She is rotten bad.
The second book, The Favored Child, is about her daughter Julia, who is afraid that she is like and/or becoming Beatrice, but she is missing the sadistic ...more
The other similarity with Go ...more
I also, however, like to read novels by a particular author in the order the were written. So I decided to start my Philippa Gregory experience with her first published novels - the Wideacre trilogy.
These novels are not for the faint of heart. There is some serious deciet, intrigue, debauchery here. Generally, whatever "moral" is - the c ...more
Beatrice's actions were justifiable at first. Life for women sucked in 18th century England... and most other places, actually. Just beca ...more
The opening page had me hooked. It became apparent that Wideacre was everything, it was the bond that united the family and the pinnacle of desire for a young Beatrice who loved the house and the land like no other, and yet, for her sins of being born a girl, would not be able to claim it as her own. As a ...more
I should ...more
There are similarities to Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind because the first woman will do ANYTHING to forward her goals.
This is not high class literature, but a fun relaxing read.