The Favored Child

The Favored Child

Book - 1989
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author and "queen of royal fiction" ( USA TODAY ) Philippa Gregory comes the thrilling sequel to the New York Times bestseller Wideacre as the once-great Lacey estate is restored to its former grandeur--though not without cost.

The Wideacre estate is bankrupt. The villagers are living in poverty and formerly stunning hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But, in the Dower House nearby, two children are being raised in protected innocence.

Equal claimants to the estate, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry. Only one can be the favored 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. Sensual, gripping, and mystical, The Favored Child irresistibly sweeps the reader into a world of secrets, betrayals, and power in this revolutionary period of English history.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 1989.
ISBN: 9780743249300
0743249305
Characteristics: 534 p. ;,22 cm.

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tealdawg Feb 03, 2014

I have enjoyed Philippa Gregory in the past. However, I couldn't even finish this book. Insipid female character, sadistic villain, spineless love interest. Predictable plot and boring book.

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cara1032
Jul 07, 2011

An easy read, not very thought provocking. But it does provide an easy escape from reality.

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ryner
Jul 07, 2008

In this second book in the Wideacre trilogy, Julia and her cousin Richard have grown up together among the ruins of their family estate and have always planned to marry, despite their guardians' disapproval. When, as a teenager, Julia begins to demonstrate a talent for working with the land and its inhabitants, Richard grows resentful. After all, only one of them can be the rumored favored child, the true heir to Wideacre.

Gregory's early works are starting to remind me of V.C. Andrews' style of near-horror stories, only with richer detail and better writing. I really wanted to strangle Julia for her stupidity at times. Yes, she was confined within the role of women in her time, but had she told someone ? anyone! ? what was happening, at least some of the tragedy might have been avoided.

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funnygirl360 Dec 12, 2012

funnygirl360 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 40

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