The Favored Child

The Favored Child

A Novel

Book - 2003
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Intrigued by the ruined splendor of the Wideacre estate, Julia Lacey proceeds with her plans for its restoration and a romance with her cousin Richard, a course threatened by dark family legends
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2003
Edition: 1st Touchstone ed
ISBN: 9561568194
Characteristics: viii, 614 p. ; 21 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.

Jul 07, 2011

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

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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