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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003, c1987
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed. --
ISBN: 9780743249294
Branch Call Number: FIC Grego
Characteristics: 648 p


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Sep 09, 2014

I am a third of the way through this one and I am not enjoying it. Think I might just quit and move on to the next series by Gregory. I just do not like Beatrice...at all!

ukiechick Oct 18, 2013

Horrible book I read three pages did not like

Jul 16, 2012

Perverse and heavy-breathing stuff. In some ways, Gregory's best work, but NOT for fans of the average historical romance (e.g. Johanna Lindsay) or Gregory's history novels, which are unfortunately constrained by facts. The Wideacre is vivid and out there.

Jun 09, 2012

I did not enjoy this book, I kept reading hoping it would improve. It didn't and I never finished it. Not her best work.

Sep 07, 2011

This is definitely a book to read if you're looking for over-the-top drama!

SheriLynnB Jun 03, 2011

I loved this book and can't wait until I get my hands on the next in the series, The Favoured Child. Fast paced and filled with drama -- I kept saying "OMG what will Beatrice do next!" LOL

Mar 12, 2007

After enjoying Gregory?s ?The Constant Princess,? I decided to go back and read her works in chronological order. From the time she could sit alone on a horse, young Beatrice Lacey has grown to love and learned everything there is to know about the land of her father?s estate, Wideacre. To her young and naïve eyes, her father is grooming her to someday run the estate, and it is a shock when she realizes that she, just as all other ladies of Quality, must eventually marry and leave the estate. This is the story of the severe and unbelievable lengths Beatrice goes to in order to secure her place at Wideacre forever, only to tragically bring about its eventual ruin. By far the biggest flaw in this book is that most of the characters, the heroine(?) in particular, are extremely unlikable. I will continue the series.

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