Book - 1987
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Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1987.
ISBN: 9780671634629
Characteristics: 556 p. ;,25 cm.


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Apr 05, 2019

The only thing that convinced me to give this mess of a gothic novel three stars was that I could not put it down. This is one of the grossest, most melodramatic things I have ever subjected myself to.
WIDEACRE is supposed to be the tragedy of Beatrice Lacey, an intelligent woman born into eighteenth century England who falls to corruption and evil in her desperate struggle for power in a patriarchal society where she's expected to give the reins of her destiny over to a man the moment she marries. Fair enough and an interesting premise for a historical family epic.
But the thing is is that Beatrice is basically a monstrous, unfeeling, selfish snob from the beginning, and the characters around her tend to be one-dimensional and not too interesting until they start catching onto how horrible she is, which is deep, deep into the novel. While I found myself interested in Beatrice much the same way I might be interested in a train-wreck (I kept asking myself, "What will she do next??"), by the second half, I just loathed her and wanted the story to lurch to its inevitable conclusion. I got sick of the "pity me" parade from Beatrice while she starves, gaslights, blackmails, and murders the people who love and trust her.
And the drama! Sometimes, what happened was so grotesquely over-the-top that it felt like something out of a Monty Python sketch!
Still, I can't say I hated it. I finished all 556 pages. I recommend it only to people looking for a new guilty pleasure. If you're easily grossed out or disturbed, then stay away for sure!

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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