Philippa Gregory's first novel and first in the bestselling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the eighteenth century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. 'If it was the way of the world that girls left home, then the world would have to change. I would never change.' Wideacre Hall, set ...Read MorePhilippa Gregory's first novel and first in the bestselling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the eighteenth century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. 'If it was the way of the world that girls left home, then the world would have to change. I would never change.' Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the eighteenth century she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others. Sexual and wilful, she believes that the only way to achieve control over Wideacre is through a series of horrible crimes, and no-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land. Sweeping, passionate, unique: 'Wideacre' is the novel which brought Philippa Gregory to bestselling fame and is the first of the trilogy which continued with 'The Favoured Child' and concluded with 'Meridon'.Read Less
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There was lust, sex, greed and murder all within the first 50 pages! The characters - some difficult to relate to - were very real. The period was conveyed excellently; I hadn't thought about the plight of women/daughters and inheritance issues before this. This was the first book in a trilogy; can't wait to read what happens next!
Jun 26, 2008
I LOVED this book. Such drama, such excitement! Philippa Gregory has really created an intriguing story here. I couldn't wait to turn the page and find out what that Beatrice was up to next! Along with the historical research done by Ms. Gregory, this book was educational and fun!
Apr 3, 2007
I love to read and will give most works a chance to be of some value, but this novel had no redeeming value whatsoever. The "heroine" of the story was really an antagonist. I continued to read thinking to myself that, surely, the next chapter or incident would bring this woman to want to change her behavior and attitude seeing that her evil ways had not brought her true happiness yet. However, she never got a clue and ended up getting what she justly deserved.
Publishers Weekly, 1986-12-26 Gregory's full-blown first novel is a marvelously assured period piece, an English gothic with narrative verve. Beatrice Lacey loves nothing more than the family estate, Wideacrenot her bluff, hearty father, her weak brother, Harry, or her mother, who can't quite believe mounting evidence that damns her passionate daughter. Foiled in her hunger to own the estate by the 18th century laws of entail, Beatrice plots her father's death, knowing she can twist Harry in any direction she chooses, for her brother harbors a dark, perverted secret. Their incestuous tangle is not broken even by Harry's marriage. And while a bounteous harvest multiplies, no one gainsays the young squire and his sister, the true master of Wideacre. Beatrice marries also, managing to hide the paternity of two children sired by Harry until her increasing greed squeezes the land and its people dry, and the seeds of destruction she has sown come to their awful fruition. Gregory effortlessly breathes color and life into a tale of obsession built around a ruthless, fascinating woman. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate; major ad/promo. (February)
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