Wideacre, Paperback book


by Philippa Gregory

2.32 out of 5 (25 ratings)

HarperCollins Publishers 
Publication Date:
16 October 2006 
Historical Fiction 


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 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'.

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  • This is a first of three books and very very good the way Phillippa Gregory writes will captivate you from the first page to the last.

    5.00 out of 5


  • Generally, when I start reading a new author, I like to start with their first book and read through the books in chronological order, even though it may not be a series. I was intrigued by this author and decided to try her. Excellent choice! It's a long book, and is rather dark and sinister, but totally capitvating. I will definitely read more of hers.

    4.00 out of 5


  • I came across 'Wideacre' by chance in my local bookshop, due to a 3 for 2 offer on books. Having already heard of Philippa Gregory and enjoyed 'The Other Boleyn Girl', I thought it was worth a shot. I love how Gregory manages to combine historical fact into the rich and lively plot of the novel. Gregory's writing style flows nicely and I found the novel easy to get through, purely due to how fascinating the plot is. An excellent read, I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction.

    4.00 out of 5


  • Well what can I say. This book was like nothing I have ever read. Its a very graphic tale of Betrice and her brother Harry. Yes, there is incest in this book and although the sex scenes made me gag and want to put the book down I pushed past the groseness of it and enjoyed the story behind the incest. Beatrice is very complex, I could not help but love her and hate her all at once. I cheered her on and cursed her every step of the way. Harry I just wanted to slap half the time and poor poor Celia I loved her and i hated her for standing up to Beatrice. Oh then there is John (Beatrice's husband) I loved him then I hated him aswell. What can i say; this book is a very emotional book. Behind the incest there is a reason for it, its not just there as fun sex, its there for an underlining purpose that shapes the book as a whole.Its well worth the read. A wild crazy ride through emotions and termoil, love and lust, hate and greed, all at once. Great Book, cant wait to read the next in this Triology.

    4.00 out of 5


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