Wideacre From 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

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 toFrom 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 plansd 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.

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  1. Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins War now known as The War of the Roses and a new era for the acclaimed author.Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks Visitors to her site, PhilippaGregory become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page facebook PhilippaGregoryOfficial

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  1. I m a reader who holds grudges Disappoint me, and it s likely that an author will get cleaned off my shelves and dumped in the donation bin because if I try to read another title by them, the bad experience keeps lingering and trashes the current read But Philippa Gregory has been the exception.After two rather blah reads A Respectable Trade and Fallen Skies, the latter which I will certainly re attempt , this hefty saga was recommended to me by the awesome Sarah, whose similarly awesome review [...]

  2. I absolutely hated this book I don t know why I finished it, except that I like the way Phillipa Gregory writes, I just don t like what she writes about The heroine is despicable in every possible way, yet the author clearly expects you to root for her la Scarlett O Hara She commits multiple acts of murder, participates in very creepy incest, and betrays people who love her I m not particularly squeamish, but I do require some redeeming qualities in a protagonist if I m to forgive them all that, [...]

  3. Horrible drivel I had to scrub my brain after reading it The lengths the heroine goes to for her beloved Wideacre would be semi interesting if we gave a crap in the first place, but since the author can t even manage to do that well we don t give a crap and so it s a waste of our time and money Other books by this author are far, far better Skip it Read The Other Boleyn Girl or The Boleyn Inheritance Another one that went up on Bookmooch right away, and surprisingly was snapped right up That poo [...]

  4. Even though it is at times grossly sexual and I mean gross as in disgusting , the Wideacre trilogy is one of my favorite stories of all time For me, it really captures the essence of the era, and I loved it so much that I read the entire trilogy easily 1,500 pages in about two weeks If you re not uncomfortable with incest, rape and sodomy, it truly is a wonderful, entertaining read, if for no other reason than to show what lengths people will go to get what they think they want Highly recommende [...]

  5. Oh man Beatrice Lacy you are one crazy little bitch It s not often that you get to read a story through the eyes of the villain, but I loved it I know a lot of people didn t care for the book because they found the protagonist hard to stomach Oh yeah, and the vomit inducing incest probably didn t help either She was perhaps one of the shrewdest, most vile characters I have come across She had no conscience and took down everything and everyone that stood in her way Half way through the book I st [...]

  6. I ve never read any of Ms Gregory s Tudor novels The Tudor era doesn t particularly interest me though I m not opposed to the period if a novel has elements I enjoy , so I was intrigued by this trilogy for three reasons 1 the Georgian setting 2 her earlier supposedly less romantic work 3 the negative reviews due to an antagonistic incestuous heroine.I agree the incest is gross It s definitely not the sort that draws a reader s sympathy like, say, Flowers in the Attic But once Beatrice s initial [...]

  7. Didn t even finish reading this one The characters are put into neat little boxes Beatrice is evil, Harry is simpleminded, Celia is demure and kind, etc The incest was disturbing, but it wasn t the incest that it caused me to stop reading the book I just reached a point where I realized that I had already read 400 pages of a book I didn t like and was only 2 3 of the way through I felt like my time would be better spent doing just about anything other than reading this ridiculous book.I ve enjoy [...]

  8. I loved the first half of this book Beatrice Lacey is by far the most horrible, hateful, despicable narrator I ve ever read, but I found myself rooting for her throughout all her scandalous deeds the conspired murder, the attempted murder, the committed murder, the incest, the hidden pregnancies, and on and on the list goes I even found myself disliking sweet little Celia, as wonderful a woman as she was, simply because she was Beatrice s enemy That, I think, is the mark of a truly wonderful aut [...]

  9. Beatrice is one of my favorite characters of all times She is confident, self assured, unyielding, and maybe one of the biggest bitches in literature With all the books out there that negate women s power and authority uh hmTWILIGHT , Gregory knows how to create a character that uses her strong feminine prowess and works the system The system being the 18th century society in which women had very few rights and entitlement What I think redeems Beatrice is her connection with the land and it s th [...]

  10. Dark, disturbing and downright demented family sagas are my thing, and the Lacey s of Wideacre definitely fit that bill Our heroine is daughter of the house, Beatrice, for whom incest, murder, scheming and wrecking is a day well spent Batshit crazy for her is child s play this sick bitch is the real deal and I loved her for it Being inside her warped head with all its twisted reasonings had me sympathising with her to a point I hated what she did, but I understood why she did it, and the further [...]

  11. This book was crazy.It was trashy, entertaining, and scandalous Beatrice was an unlikable character but I LOVED her She was shameless, and it was oddly refreshing to not have her really angst about her moral failings.This was, to date, the most entertaining book Gregory has ever written.Beatrice reminded me a lot of Scarlett, but like the bad girl version.Also some V.C Andrews thrown in with the incest and gothic feels Not for the faint of heart tho.

  12. I really wonder what Philippa Gregory was going for in this novel, because she certainly didn t give us a likable heroine in the slightest Beatrice Lacey is one of the most horrible, nasty protagonists I ve readd honestly I enjoyed her scandalous behavior I went into this novel knowing that she was a universally disliked character, and I think that really helped my overall enjoyment of this.I did find myself actually wishing Beatrice would get her way during parts of the novel, which surprised m [...]

  13. I m going to disagree with the majority of reviews here and say that I loved the book I couldn t put it down so much that I had read over half of it on the first day of purchase I really liked the style of writing, the way you felt every emotion, good or bad that Beatrice was going through The incestuous theme seems to have caused quite a stir here but for me the lead up to it was so intense that I found myself rooting for it to happen Yes Beatrice is evil, and yes she is certainly vile but over [...]

  14. Where I got the book my local library, because the one that was on my bookshelf disappeared years ago Ah, Philippa Gregory One of the most read, and most reviled, of living historical novelists Brickbats mostly take the form of stabs at her loose writing and her historical inaccuracies, although I can t say much about the latter as I m no historian and as long as writers get things or less in the right era, I m usually OK.I tend towards liking PG s books than hating them, even though I ve felt [...]

  15. The only reason I gave this book a star is because the darn system wouldn t let me give less Now, I m not a prude who doesn t like my book to contain a bit of a steamy scene once in a while In fact, bring it on JUST NOT WITH YOUR BROTHER I loved the time period of this book, and initially I was impressed with the strength of the heroine Howevere lost me when she started thinking up ways to seduce her brother And chucked a darling hubby out the window Not literally What was that about This was on [...]

  16. I m a pretty big fan of Philippa Gregory, but I found this one to be very disturbing I almost liked the fact that the main character was so scandalous and cold hearted because it made the heroine of the story be the person you wanted to see lose which made it different from most of the books I ve read But I don t think I ve ever been so grossed out by a book before the sex scenes in the book wouldn t really have bothered me except that she was sleeping with her BROTHER And I don t mean adopted b [...]

  17. I have never read a book where I detested the protagonist than I did in this one I have read other of Phillipa Gregory s books and always liked the main character but this one is a dozzy She is selfish, she betrays almost everyone in her life all in the need to own the house and property where she grew up, Wideacre She even has well I don t want to spoil the plot, so I will only say that I couldn t wait for her to get what she deserved I just couldn t like her but there are other nice character [...]

  18. This book is seriously trash We see events through Beatrice, our main character and villian She is so terribly bad with no redeeming quality, it is ridiculous This is the first in a triliogy, and I won t be reading another I actually really like Gregory s historical fiction, but I think she must be better when she is left in the confines of real events and people When she allows her own imagination to run wild, it goes really wild, to the laughable How did you feel about the movie Show Girls Did [...]

  19. Wowee What a sociopath the main character in this story is Beatrice Lacey at fifteen knows she never wants to leave her beloved home at Wideacre If this means parricide, murder and incest so be it All I can say is Gregory has written yet another very interesting tale While you find yourself uncomfortable inside Beatrice s head the story is so salaciously intriguing that you can t stop reading because you need to know the outcome for the dozens of other much sympathetic characters involved in th [...]

  20. Though I loved The Other Boleyn Girl by P Gregory, I did not enjoy this one The main character was a complete witch and didn t deserve any sympathy I only kept reading it so that she would get her cumupins, which she rightly deserved There was one particular aspect of the book that made my skin crawl and I felt dirty for just reading it I have really no desire to read the other books in the trilogy if all of them are like this.

  21. It s been six years since I read Wideacre and while writing this review I m pretty shocked to find that I m still angry I have never hated a character than I hated Beatrice Lacey If I could have written myself into this book I would have shown up just about half way through with a shotgun and ended everyone s suffering The only reason I finished it was because I was praying someone would kill her No seriously The main character in this book is also THE VILLAIN She makes Holden Caulfield from Th [...]

  22. If Gone With the Wind happened in England might look a little like this A ruthlessly sexy yet detestible anti heroine captivates your attention as she will do anything to inherit her childhood plantation, including SPOILER arrange the murder of her own father, murder the murderer, commit incest with her brother, strangle hold her own sister in law, arrange the murder of her mother, and drive her husband to ruin.Yet with all this evil, the book s genteel language and spectacular attention to deta [...]

  23. I had heard soooo much about Philippa Gregory s novels I had initially wanted to read The Other Boleyn Girl first, but it was unavailable, so I picked up Wideacre first and cracked it open with anticipation.I think I had read 4 chapters before I threw it against the wall I think there has only been a couple of times where I just can t finish a book, usually I ll plod through just because I feel guilty for not finishing But with this book, I just absolutely hated the characters Ugh I ll most like [...]

  24. I finished this book a couple of days ago, and I m still thinking of the last line of it A book that can get that response deserves five stars.This book, in addition to that, also did the very difficult job of telling a story that was compelling and moving while at the same time starring and unlikeable character Beatrice Lacey is a young woman with her while life ahead of her and only one thing she wants her father s land, Wideacre As this is a story set in the eighteen hundreds, Beatrice comes [...]

  25. This is just plain silly I had no preconceptions about Philippa Gregory when I started it, and I initially thought it was a serious historical novel, until it turned into literally bodice ripping trash The whole thing was so completely implausible I don t have a problem with such a loathsome main character it s quite a challenge writing a book whose heroine is so unpleasant but did all the other characters have to be quite so stupid and blind It also seemed to me that in reality, Beatrice would [...]

  26. Beatrice Lacey must be one of the most vindictive, selfish, pathetic, scheming, genius, bitches I ve ever read about I love her.

  27. I picked this book up because I am quite a fan of Philippa Gregory I find the Tudor period an especially interesting period in history and I really enjoyed her Tudor novels I also enjoyed the first two of her Cousin s War series, and A Respectable Trade.This was Gregory s first novel My paperback copy is 648 pages long, and in my opinion, could have been told in about 400 pages It is Gregory s usual fast page turning style, and as gripping as her other novels, you can t help but need to know wha [...]

  28. This is not a good representative of Philippa Gregory s usually talented story telling The main character, Beatrice, is at first refreshingly different you can see, for brief moments, SOMETHING of Scarlett O Hara in her Scarlett, however, has many many redeeming qualities and Beatrice has none At first I thought this was a decent read then I thought it was okay, and kept turning the pages at this point I am on page 440 out of 648 and I don t know if I can even bother to continue I am watching a [...]

  29. This book is totally people There is incest in it Also parricide, matricide, inbred babies, and general nastiness And it s horribly boring.Seems that a lot of readers were bothered by all the evil and sinfulness, but frankly, all things which should unsettle me were described so incompetently I could only snicker How can the main character be really evil and irresistible, if she considers herself evil and irresistible, and never lets you forget it, because she s the narrator It s no fun being in [...]

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