- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (1 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006514634
- ISBN-13: 978-0006514633
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Compelling… Philippa Gregory reigns supreme as the mistress of historical drama.’
‘Subtle and exciting.’
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But, Meridon disappointed. I read one review that said that the biggest mistake was that most of the book didn't take place at Wideacre. I didn't think that would bother me - after all, we'd heard about Wideacre for enarly 1200 pages at this point. But, it's true. This book feels completely different without Wideacre. And though you understand why Meridon is not there, you never quite get the feeling that you're continuing the story. Even when Meridon finds her way to Wideacre, it's magic is lost of me - and I can think of is how stupid a character she is.
Due to her rough life, Meridon is not a warm creature. She is not kind or have the same love of the land. She only wants it to want something that's hers. When she engages herself to Perry against James' wishes, I knew I wasn't going to be pleased with the end result. Anyone could've seen that she was going to be taken. And though you see a real spark between herself and Will, it never really comes to a true passionate head, as it should (and I don't mean sex!) - given that Meridon has never known passion - physical or emotional. When she and Will finally get together, it just, sort of happens. There's no real buildup. Then, once she has given away the land to Will and the corporation, you can't believe it's just all that easy over and done with.
I advise that if you are a fan of Wideacre and The Favored Child, do read Meridon and round out the trilogy. But, don't be expecting the amazing fire and passion that came with the first two. THe magic of Wideacre certainly wasn't in this book.
I would say that any horse addict would be trilled to read Meridon.
I bought the novel as the first book after I purchased my Kindle Paperwhite. This gave me the opportunity to read a few chapters before buying it and I could make up my mind. I am glad I bought it and I would recommended it for anyone who had the nerve to end the first two books, the second of which is particularly appalling.
So, if you are devoted to Gregory, the story is nice.
When I think about it, you don't need to have read the first two books in order to enjoy this one.
Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors, yet one of my least favorite authors. She writes brilliantly when writing of major historical characters like King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, Mary, Queen of Scots, Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn, as well as the people involved in the War of the Roses. However, when she writes period fiction and/or romances without the historical framework of these real people, her writing descends to abyssmal tales of sorcery, incest and manipulation. True, some of these same themes appear in her better historical works -- but only as sub-plot subject material. However, these heavily-used themes, with little else by way of story line, make reading the Wideacre series a chore, rather than a pleasure. Thank you, Ms. Gregory, for your brilliant historical research and writing. But please, don't waste your talent on trash like this.
I have no intentions of reading Meridon or the favored child. You know they have their mothers genes, mores the pity.
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