- 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
- Customer Reviews: 307 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, I have a great appreciation for this series, the last two books, Wideacre and The Favoured Child, were fascinating. They delved into unthinkable paths and I was anticipating this would be the same. For me this book was a lot tamer than the other two. I went into reading this one without trying to compare it too much but it is so tough not to. The other novels had such prominent, forceful and tenacious characters, Meridon, the main character in this book, paled in comparison. Their did not seem to be that ferocious fight in her that we have seen in the other books and the story lacked it. It needed that bit of nitty gritty in it.
The beginning for me was a bit sluggish, unusual for Philippa, however it does pick up towards the end. Reading this I had a strong sense that I was being taught a valuable lesson and I have come away thinking more about the way society is, the poor and the rich, how we can better ourselves without stepping on those below us. There is a very strong message in this throughout and I don’t think you come to understand it until you finish the novel and see the series as a whole. It really is enlightening, whether Philippa intended this or not.
Even though the book is written in a time long ago from now, the descriptions of West Sussex are still so familiar. Living in Chichester myself I feel a sort of closeness to the characters. I am familiar with the land they live on. Philippa has described West Sussex and the downs to a tee which resonates deeply with me. It has also made me look closer at the area around me and notice the things she did when she came here to write this book. When the novel returns to Wideacre Philippa really comes into her own, she demonstrates why she is one of my top authors, the description of the land is truly breathtaking as the amount of detail is staggering, location in this series is what it is really about. One of the best things about this series as a whole is that you really do not know what is coming next.
So overall, this one was a bit weaker than the other two but it is still better than most books I have read. I am disappointed that Wideacre will not be taking over my mind anymore, but if you think of it, I am living amongst Wideacre, and that is why this story will always stay with me. If nothing it has taught me to appreciate the area I live in and to love it like the Laceys.