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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory comes the stunning first novel of a thrilling trilogy about the Lacey family, and the captivating woman at the heart of a power-hungry estate willing to go to any means to protect her family name.
Beatrice Lacey, as strong-minded as she is beautiful, refuses to conform to the social customs of her time. Destined to lose her heritage and beloved Wideacre estate once she is wed, Beatrice will use any means necessary to protect her ancestral name. Seduction, betrayal, even murder—Beatrice’s passion is without apology or conscience. “She is a Lacey of Wideacre,” her father warns, “and whatever she does, however she behaves, will always be fitting.” Yet even as Beatrice’s scheming seems about to yield her dream, she is haunted by the one living person who knows the extent of her plans...and her capacity for evil.
Sumptuously set in Georgian England from the “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY), Wideacre is intensely gripping, rich in texture, and full of color and authenticity. It is a saga as irresistible in its singular magic as its heroine.
Publishers Weekly Review
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I have been entranced by many of Gregory's novels but this one I actually deleted from my library after reading over half of it. I got no enjoyment from reading the main character plotting one heartless murder after another. There is nothing good that ever happens and any hope of it dies. I downloaded the sample and then the entire book - so eager to read further. If you are curious about the workings of the mind of an amoral criminal for hundreds of pages this is your book.
I love the Philippa Gregory novels, but this book is awful. Paragraph after paragraph of the same thoughts and same ideas. The repetition is relentlessly boring. I can skip reading a page, and not miss anything. Too bad. I was looking forward to a good read. :(