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Second in the best-selling Wideacre Trilogy, a compulsive drama set in the 18th century. By Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover.

The Wideacre estate is bankrupt, the villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But in the Dower House, two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of Wideacre, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry.

Only one can be the favoured child. Only one can inherit the magical understanding between the land and the Lacey family that can make the Sussex village grow green again. Only one can be Beatrice Lacey's true heir.

©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Good Reader but Repetitive and Disappointing

I'm a fan of Philippa Gregory but was disappointed in this one. Kate Rawson does a fine job of reading but the story is long and the theme repeats over and over. How many chapters or pages can we endure while the villain does terrible things and the (supposed) heroine is too weak to do anything. How long must we wait while everyone suffers from the wrath of a psychopath while the main character, stands by? After a while it's hard to have sympathy for the heroine. Additionally, there are many many pages where dialogue is simply repeated. Example; Character1 gives a speech to Character2 about "you're screwed now", Character2 responds "what?!" and Character1 repeats the entire long speech again. This is not rare. It happens throughout the book. Too much repetition. Bad enough with the dialogue but worse when the situations are repetitive. Maybe this book would be better if it was shorter. After the main characters get beyond childhood, the whole book keeps repeating the same set of circumstances until I wouldn't have minded if someone killed the heroine to end the book.
Sorry because I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory. If you don't like this book, don't let it deter you from listening to her other books. .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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hard going

I am a fan of Phillips Gregory but really struggled to finish this book. The main characters are beyond frustrating. Richard is just revolting and Julia just made me want to slap her into sense. I am finding it hard to talk myself into going for book 3.

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Twisted Story, great read!

You have a sick mind! The book is twisted and disgusting but is a great read.

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Great story but wrong performance

The narration was too breathy in the dialog. She read all the dialog like it was a steamy dime store novella. I read these books years ago and they got me hooked on Phillipa Gregory so I was eager for this series to become available on Audible. It was the same great story but in the dialog parts, the narrator was way to dramatic, breathy, and her accents were REALLY BAD! She used a sing-song sort of rhythm to "create" the accents and instead, it really took away from the story. I HATE to say it because I love these books and I LOVE Audible And I LOVE Phillipa Gregory! But this performance was a fail for me. I was going to have my husband listen to them too because I didn't remember them as being girlie romance novels but the performance makes them feel that way and my husband will NEVER go for that.

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  • Mrs. O. W. Hawkins
  • 09-22-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

The story made me cry but I could not stop listening, keen to hear the next turn of events

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  • Lindsay
  • 11-05-17

Middle in many senses

Kept me listening but seems to be written mainly to provide a narrative for next book. Hoping that's a bit better.