My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read the first book of the trilogy – Wideacre many years ago when it reached best-seller status. I was gripped from the very first page and became a huge fan of Phillipa Gregory’s thereafter.
The opening page had me hooked. It became apparent that Wideacre was everything, it was the bond that united the family and the pinnacle of desire for a young Beatrice who loved the house and the land like no other, and yet, for her sins of being born a girl, would not be able to claim it as her own. As a character, she is madly self-absorbed and yet, there is vulnerability in her passions and actions, but you have to enjoy stripping back the layers of the character and the story to understand this. I think Phillipa Gregory created an outstanding character- totally flawed and ingeniously evil.
This book was totally different to my normal read, yet it was no less gripping. The author has a fantastic ability to make you see through the eyes of the character and to understand the passions within her, even if you don’t always agree.
This is a thought-provoking book but an excellent read. I’m not surprised that it did so well, or, that The Favoured Child and Meridon also became huge successes.
If you enjoy a captivating read and the idea of a trilogy appeals, it’s worth picking it up and settling in for the long haul. But don’t think of it as a romance, it’s erotic and may not be for everyone.