- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1556 KB
- Print Length: 643 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (11 November 2011)
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005Z4QUPU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 308 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Favoured Child (The Wideacre Trilogy, Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The Wideacre estate is bankrupt, the villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin.
But in the Dower House two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of Wideacre, rivals for the love of the village, they are tied by a secret childhood betrothal but forbidden to marry. Only one can be the favoured 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.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Julia and Richard have been brought up as cousins and joint heirs to the Wideacre estate. But what dark secrets lie in their past? If you've read Wideacre then you know. If you read The Favoured Child as a standalone novel then you don't - but it works either way. The historical setting of rural England at the turn of the 19th century, its rampant poverty, class and gender injustice is captured superbly. Five stars to Philippa Gregory for that. Gregory's descriptions of the Sussex countryside are also stunning and make the book worth reading for this alone.
Where this book fails overall though, I think, is in the narration. The first novel, Wideacre, is told through the viewpoint of the villainess, Beatrice, and she is thoroughly convincing and very real. The Favoured Child is told through Julia's narration and the villain, Richard, seen only through her eyes. We hear nothing of his thoughts and motivations. Consequently I found him quite unconvincing and implausible. He's almost a stereotypical villain. There are, furthermore, no plot twists (not, at least, if you have read the prequel) or major surprises.
It's a decent, but not great read. Skip this one and read Wideacre instead, if you haven't already.
I can't rememebr exactly how it all ends so I look forward to finishing and starting Meridon!