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.
An easy read, not very thought provocking. But it does provide an easy escape from reality.
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.
funnygirl360 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 40
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