Wideacre (Wideacre Trilogy #1)

Wideacre (Wideacre Trilogy #1)

by Philippa Gregory
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Wideacre (Wideacre Trilogy #1) by Philippa Gregory

From #1 New 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 power-hungry estate willing to go to any means to protect her family name.

Beatrice Lacey, as strong-minded 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 murder—Beatrice’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 plans...and her capacity for evil.

Sumptuously 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780671649036
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/1988
Series: Wideacre Trilogy , #1
Pages: 640

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her work has been adapted for the screen in The Other Boleyn Girl movie and the critically acclaimed STARZ miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. Her most recent novel is The Last Tudor. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds two honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.


Yorkshire, England

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa


B.A. in history, Sussex University, 1982; Ph.D., 18th-century popular fiction, Edinburgh, 1984

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Wideacre (The Wideacre Trilogy Book 1) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 198 reviews.
TinaNDallas More than 1 year ago
I am no christian and I still found the basic premise of this book depraved. Incest and murder are the basic themes. I do not identify with the main character in the least. I have read every other book by Mrs. Gregory and have come to realise that in history there are awful things that happen, but this book just seems to compile all the terrible things people will do to get ahead into one character. It was a bit much for me.
ReadingGalNJ More than 1 year ago
This book has become one of my all time favorites & I cherish the day I found Book I of the Wideache trilogy. The velvet curtains fall down & the you experience the scandal, abuse & power of a past era. I never wanted this novel to end & was hungry for book II the minute I read the last page.
Profe More than 1 year ago
I love Philippa Gregory's historical fiction so decided to give this trilogy a try. Beatrice, the main character in Wideacre, is such a bad person that I wasn't sure if I really wanted to finish the book once I got started. She's just BAD. But I really liked the end so went for the next book in the series, The Favored Child. Another creepy story. Ms. Gregory really knows how to develop nasty, mean, yucky characters. I was finally satisfied at the end of the last book in the series, Meridon. Go ahead, give the three a try. Just be ready to be creeped out!
Lula1967 More than 1 year ago
Wideacre is the fifth Phillipa Gregory novel I've read and I'm beginning to think that she only writes about narcissistic women! It was difficult to finish this book because Beatrice is SO BEASTLY that I found my stomach in knots while reading it. She is a classic narcissist - justifying her evil acts, never thinking of anyone else's wants and needs but her own, and using lies and manipulation to achieve her goals (along with attempted murder, patricide, and incest). While it is an interesting story, it is hard to stomach Beatrice's total lack of empathy. I'd love to know what Phillipa hoped to accomplish when she wrote this story, as there is no redemption. I don't mind sex in a book (in fact, it can enhance a story) but the incest scenes are plentiful and they are creepy. This book is really the profile of a sociopath and the evil is so unrelenting that it's hard to take. Interesting read for those who can handle challenging topics. If you want a formulaic historical novel, this is not it! I'm going to read the other two books in the hopes that Phillipa has some elements of resolution and redemption for the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can tolerate reading about incest with kinky sex, the story is intriguing and a real page turner. I have read and enjoyed all the Boleyn books, and I enjoyed the period background in this one as I have in those. The main character in this novel is dark and intense due to her obsession with the land. I was drawn in to her love and connection to the land. As the story develops, you keep wondering how far she will go in her obsession to get the land. You wonder whether she will achieve her goals in the end. You wonder whether her obsession will destroy her or whether she will find redemption. It is definitely worth reading to follow Beatrice's obsession. She is certainly a memorable character. I can't wait to read the next book.
Edena More than 1 year ago
Do you ever hate a character so much that you become obsessed by them. This is exactly how Beatrice is for me. She is wickedly deplorable and routhless. Reading her almost made me feel guilty, like I was watching some horrible tragedy, morally unethical and yet I could not bring myself to put the book down. I had to know just how far she would go. She is a delicious character of such unyielding passion and determination with no moral inhibitions that she is detestable... and great. You have to read the whole series to truly appreciate its timelessness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Philippa Gregory and have read many of her historical fictions so I couldn't wait to start reading The Wideacre Series. I had a hard time finishing the first book because of the morale of the story and it was depressing to read the terrible things one person can do to hurt others. I know we don't live in a perfect world but as a Christian it was so wrong in many ways. I have the all 3 books but will not read the last two. It was a very disappointing story.
GrammaCheck More than 1 year ago
Like so many others, I love Phillipa Gregory's work. This trilogy was a bit unsettling and I was embarassed to admit I read it. After talking to my friend, she wanted to read it and I loaned her the series. She agreed with me.
GrahamtheGrim More than 1 year ago
Wow! One of my favorite books. Great plot twists and truly seductive character flaws. This book is a little depressing, so read the other two books. Clearly some readers cant handle such a descriptive novel; Not A BOOK FOR PRUDES!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel is different, though far from good. Philippa Gregory's writing is such that it is easy to picture every scene, every charachter. There are some twists to her plot, though nothing unpredictable. Wideacre is a cross between a cheap romance and a truly perverse, sexual fantasy. The book is full of sex scenes, most of which are incestuous. If you enjoy that than I'm sure this book and a good therapist are more than appropriate for you. However, if that level of perversion isn't your thing then stay away. While that is the worst of the book none of it is good, and nothing comes to close to making wading through Philippa Gregory's sick fantasies worthwhile.
YourMajestyQueenRenee More than 1 year ago
I must say that this book has to be the best book I have ever read. I dont know why everyone is being so narrow minded. This trilogy is amazing! I am bowing down to Philippa Gregory! I love this book. And if you are looking for a book that you will just not be able to put down....this is it. And if I were you, I wouldnt listen to these narrow minded reviews. I promise you, you will love it. Philippa Gregory is a genius!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something by an author I had not read before and found this at my local store. Enjoying historical fiction, I eagerly started Wideacre and enjoyed the beginning. I knew the lead character was independent, but with each new page, she quickly turned evil and had no redeeming qualities to draw me back into the story. Just could not finish the book as I kept wishing I had the time back I'd invested in this bad tome. I'm usually better at selecting books; must have let my guard down.
EvaEva More than 1 year ago
I thought that Philippa Gregory was a genuine historian, who, having done years of research, would recreate and flesh out people in their time. Her book about Bess of Hardwick, Lady Shrewsbury ("The Other Queen") was such a book, which is why I decided to read this book. * * * This book absolutely disgusted me. I felt like I needed to bathe myself for a week after reading it. It starts as an interesting, engaging story, which is why I bought it after reading the sample. It descends into total filth. This is not a story of an heroic woman who sacrifices all for the land she loves. It is an excuse for pornographic and S&M incest scenes in an 18th century setting. It has a vaguely reminiscent feeling of being a poorly conceived English version/reworking/reinterpretation of "Gone With The Wind", only without civil war and with every possible dirty element that can be worked into the "plot". * * * Y U C K. * * * If you like smut, you'll love this. If you enjoy well-researched historical novels, look everywhere else. I won't even recommend "The Other Queen" after reading this. I am completely disgusted by Philippa Gregory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading from this author and i can't say I'm disappointed. Great writing, the story had me turning pages and sometimes even putting the book down to take a breath. The main character will have you bitting your nails even cursing her out, but then you would put yourself in her shoes and try to root for her. She was wicked and hateful, but all she did for land. In other words the story wasn't boring. Also keep a open mind (there is some incest), but overall a good story.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
As long as she can remember, Beatrice Lacey has loved Wideacre, her family's estate in Sussex, with a passion bordering on obsession. Contrary to the social order of the day, it is Beatrice who rides out with her father every day, learning every nuance of the land and the people who work it, as well as how to care for it, rather than her older brother, Harry. Although she is not the heir, it is Beatrice who learns to love Wideacre with her entire being, so when she realizes it is her destiny to be married off and to leave the land that she loves, Beatrice's skill and care for the land turns dark as she plots and schemes for a way to anchor herself to Wideacre. Nothing, not even seduction or murder, are too high of a price to pay as she plots against even those she once loved. But as she commits more and more evil acts, will she bring about her own destruction, or even the destruction of the only thing she truly loves--Wideacre itself? The haunting and deliciously evil Beatrice grabbed my attention right from the beginning. As a woman with so few options to control her own destiny, to be so competent and to have such a fierce love for the land and its people, but to be so wholly disregarded and callously destined to be sent away with nary a thought to her own wishes seemed a tragedy. But as her behavior slid further and further from clever into atrocity, then into absolute evil, the tragedy was further compounded to see so many people suffer at her hand. While an excellent and entertaining historical romance, this book also provides an excellent indictment of the economic and social order of time and the agrarian revolution that led to the starvation of many of England's rural working poor. This book is a must read, and I am very much looking forward to reading Tbe Favored Child!
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While some aspects of this book were appalling, I admire ms. Gregory for having the guts to go there. The synopsis warns you outright that Beatrice is amoral and that she gets what she wants...aside from all that, her books about Henry's queens are so different in style that it feels like Wideacre was written by a different author. I did not love the trilogy as a whole (too many unbelievably crazy folks obsessed with that plot of land, and the story sometimes drug on a bit too long) I was eager to foreshadow Beatrice's punishment for her crimes.
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This whole series is just amazing! I could read them over and over again
JKPA More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy Ms. Gregory's writings and particularly the era she writes within. This story fits but I felt dragged a bit with repeats of the main characters "thinking". As to the main charater, she certainly is interesting in her progression into madness. Interesting too the main male character personality, the mother and the wife. One is able to have a great deal of sympathy for the people of the estate village with the complicated issues of the time. Made me re-realize that throughout ages there have always been those of the "Haves" and the the "have nots" and there are always going to be those who try to make others lives bearable and those who do the opposite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just terrible. I couldnt even get through the first 150 pages without trying to get past the incest. This doesnt even get a star in my mind. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS ONE!
alexis14217 More than 1 year ago
So, I have read The Other Boylen Girl by this Author and LOVED it. This book is alittle on the wild side. I couldnt not get past the main characters justification through out this whole book I could not even finish it. NOT because of the characters but because it has to be the s..l..o..w..es..t book ever! Nothing ever happens all you hear about is the land.