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The Favored Child

Book 2, The Wideacre Trilogy - A Novel

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory comes the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller Wideacre as the once-great Lacey estate is restored to its former grandeur—though not without cost.

The Wideacre estate is bankrupt. The villagers are living in poverty and formerly stunning hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But, in the Dower House nearby, two children are being raised in protected innocence.

Equal claimants to the estate, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry. Only one can be the favored child—only one can inherit the magical understanding between the land and the Lacey family that can make the Sussex village grow green again. Only one can be Beatrice Lacey’s true heir. Sensual, gripping, and mystical, The Favored Child irresistibly sweeps the reader into a world of secrets, betrayals, and power in this revolutionary period of English history.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 01, 1990 – This impassioned sequel to the page-turning Wideacre carries the fortunes of the Lacey family, now decaying country gentry, into the late 18th century. ``Gregory's galloping plot leads to a savage but satisfying conclusion that piques anticipation for the trilogy's conclusion,'' commented PW.

Customer Reviews

The favored child

Obviously another page turner, and an education in history.
Ms Gregory has the ability to entwine history and delicious fiction into a wonderfully intense read. Wideacre was ravishing and racy. The Favored Child takes us off onto another such adventure - even more so...what will the next...can't wait!

Too far fetched

By the end of the story, I was sorry that I took time to read it. Most of Phillipa Gregory books are well written, historical, and interesting but this one was off from the beginning. Too many chances missed for the characters to see the madness of Richard and he was too evil to be believed. Would not recommend it at all.

One of my favorites

I read the book when it was first printed. It's a page turner . Well written. A great read! I have three copy's. not knowing this book was part of a series...I went back to read wideacre and meridon. Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors.

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The Favored Child
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jun 30, 2008
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 624 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 2, The Wideacre Trilogy
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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