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Beatrice Lacey, daughter of Wideacre Hall, will not accept society's rules that women cannot inherit...The internationally bestselling debut from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. Built from yellow stone, facing due south and surrounded by the rich woodlands and rolling downs of Sussex, it has been in her family for generations. But as a woman in England in the 1770s she has no right of inheritance; only a loveless arranged marriage lies ahead. Beautiful, sensual and passionate, Beatrice sets out to pursue her own goal: control over Wideacre - at any cost. Yet even as her scheming succeeds, Beatrice is haunted by the one person alive who fully understands her obsession and knows her capacity to let nothing - and no-one - stand in her way. The 30th anniversary edition, with new foreword by the author.
Publisher: New York :, Simon and Schuster
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9780007383368
Characteristics: text file,rda
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Sep 09, 2014

I am a third of the way through this one and I am not enjoying it. Think I might just quit and move on to the next series by Gregory. I just do not like Beatrice...at all!

ukiechick Oct 18, 2013

Horrible book I read three pages did not like

Jul 16, 2012

Perverse and heavy-breathing stuff. In some ways, Gregory's best work, but NOT for fans of the average historical romance (e.g. Johanna Lindsay) or Gregory's history novels, which are unfortunately constrained by facts. The Wideacre is vivid and out there.

Jun 09, 2012

I did not enjoy this book, I kept reading hoping it would improve. It didn't and I never finished it. Not her best work.

Sep 07, 2011

This is definitely a book to read if you're looking for over-the-top drama!

SheriLynnB Jun 03, 2011

I loved this book and can't wait until I get my hands on the next in the series, The Favoured Child. Fast paced and filled with drama -- I kept saying "OMG what will Beatrice do next!" LOL

Mar 12, 2007

After enjoying Gregory?s ?The Constant Princess,? I decided to go back and read her works in chronological order. From the time she could sit alone on a horse, young Beatrice Lacey has grown to love and learned everything there is to know about the land of her father?s estate, Wideacre. To her young and naïve eyes, her father is grooming her to someday run the estate, and it is a shock when she realizes that she, just as all other ladies of Quality, must eventually marry and leave the estate. This is the story of the severe and unbelievable lengths Beatrice goes to in order to secure her place at Wideacre forever, only to tragically bring about its eventual ruin. By far the biggest flaw in this book is that most of the characters, the heroine(?) in particular, are extremely unlikable. I will continue the series.

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