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`Read E-pub Ë Wideacre ë FromNew 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 powerhungry estate willing to go to any means to protect her family nameBeatrice Lacey, as strongminded 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 murderBeatrice'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 evilSumptuously 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 This book was something else! I LOVED it! Beatrice is the most insane, deranged, evil?, main character I’ve ever come across in historical fiction I mean seriously badass! The book was also shocking in many ways all involving the deeds and plans of Beatrice Lacey She is like a ramped up Scarlett O Hara.All the while I was reading this my own ‘inner reading voice’ was making me laugh!: No, she didn’t just do that! She can’t do that ! What is wrong with this woman? What a bitch! Say, what now? No one is safe I mean no one!This is quite a salacious read in parts so although I am strongly recommending this book, don’t read it if you’re easily offended!I nearly shut this review down before mentioning the history I had never really thought about the consequences of enclosure and what that meant for rural villagers Commons were where the poor could catch rabbits, gather free firewood and once the commons were enclosed and turned into fields for crops, this was no longer an option Combine this with rich landowners sending their crops in their entirety to London, keeping prices high, villagers no longer had access to affordable grain I’m interested to see in the next in the series how this situation improves or worsens. 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 à 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, and Gregory didn't provide them.
Beatrice Lacey This girl, later woman, was very hurt, very obsessed, brimming with (deservedly) selfimportance and very very *ahem* lustful.That is never a good combination for practially ANTHING.Deranged, oppressive and god damn near suffocating.It’s like watching someone so committed to her road to ruin/success and you have to give props to the woman, disagree with her or not, it takes extraordinary strength and courage (andthan a pinch of delusion) to do it with that sort of ownership It is delicious in its depravity. 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 reattempt), this hefty saga was recommended to me by the awesome Sarah, whose similarly awesome review told me that I would most likely love the notorious Wideacre Incest, depravity, murder, gloomy Gothic dysfunction, and a totally unlikable protagonist/antagonist? Sign me up! Three times was the definite charm with Gregory I'm hooked, and I will probably one day consider myself a fan I loved it This was the first book in a long, long while that I could say had me riveted from first page to the last I can't think of any dull spots It was gripping, turgid melodrama with the plot taking twists and turns that had me flipping pages and perched on the edge of my chair.Sorry for using such lame clichés, but it was true Could Beatrice become anyobsessed and amoral? Who else would fall under her dogged steamroller of psychoses? I had to keep reading and reading, and the ending What a grim climax it leaves to the imagination It's left up to the reader, and their own feelings about Beatrice, as to how that little scene plays out when Beatrice meets her Maker (both the Divine and the Temporal one who started her on her path) It can be as merciful or merciless as one wishes Do we getdetails in the sequel?I hope not, but at the same time I'm dying to know what Gregory thought up for one of the most memorable characters I've ever read.Even though Beatrice is a very loathesome character, I found myself able to see things from her point of view, warped and void of morality as it was She despises the prospect of being kicked out of her home and her land upon marriage, just because she's not male Her feckless brother, Harry, has no feel for the earth and true traditions of Wideacre All he knows, and cares about, are the perks of the position But for what Wideacre is, Beatrice feels true kinship that becomes a demented fervor.And, like that village so often quoted about, she has to destroy it in order to save it The process is an inevitable, continual decline over the years As Beatrice falls, so does Wideacre Or was that blissful utopia of Nature only beautiful on the surface and it was the one rotten to the core? Was Beatrice the fertile soil that made Wideacre realize its destructive, soulsucking potential?Throughout the book, Beatrice refers to Wideacre in terms of a living thing, a thing with a heart, a pulse, and a soul that only she can sense and communicate with It's a symbiotic, parasitic relationship, evoking the best Beatrice has to offer while at the same time consuming it and leaving nothing but the husk of a mad woman with absolutely no scruples or morals.One can be squicked by the incest and never venture into the water, but there is plenty going on under the surface.I loved Gregory's writing Beatrice's voice is so cold and selfish all the while she insists she's giving up everything, including her soul, for Wideacre She's a total sociopath, and it really took me by surprise how much I still wanted to read about her when I've wanted to tear books in half because of heroes and heroines that did much, much less Since the story is told from Beatrice's point of view, we watch her mental gears turn and crash as she frantically justifies her actions to herself and the reader, as her entire world is seen through her twisted little mind.Brilliant and engrossing Meaty gothic melodrama the way I love it, and I haven't been so absorbed by a dark, demented family since Marilyn Harris' Eden series Like Beatrice, the antihero Thomas Eden and his grandson John Murrey Eden were formed by long aristocratic traditions, a remote and selfcontained world, and a desire to control absolutely everyone and everything in their lives Wideacre is a natural companion piece to Harris' morbid, melodramatic saga.