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Meridon [Hardcover]

Philippa Gregory
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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July 3 1990
A book that completes the famous Wideacre trilogy, though it also stands on its own as an historical novel. When the book opens, it is 1805 and the heroine Meridon feels she does not belong among the travelling people with whom she has been brought up.

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With this elaborate tapestry of a young woman's life, the Lacey family trilogy ( Wideacre and The Favored Child ) comes to a satisfying conclusion. Meridon is the lost child whose legacy is the estate of Wideacre. She and her very different sister, Dandy, were abandoned as infants and raised in a gypsy encampment, learning horsetrading and other tricks of survival. They are indentured to a circus master whose traveling show is made successful by Meridon's equestrian flair and Dandy's seductive beauty on the trapeze. Meridon's escape from this world is fueled by pregnant Dandy's murder and her own obsessive dream of her ancestral home. After claiming Wideacre, Meridon succumbs for a while to the temptation of the "quality" social scene, but eventually she comes to her senses, and, in a tricky card game near the end of the saga, triumphs fully. The hard-won homecoming in this historical novel is richly developed and impassioned. Doubleday Book Club alternate.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Val Hennessy London Daily Mail When it comes to writers of historical fiction, Philippa Gregory is in the very top league.

Pittsburgh Press Captivating.

Chattanooga News-Free Press Compelling, absorbing...an unforgettable page-turner. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Meridon April 24 2009
By S. He
Format:Paperback
This book is awesome; however, it feels a bit repetitive. Sometimes you just want to hit the main character in the head for the way she acts. The delivery service was great and fast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meridon April 10 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the last book in the Wideacre series, I did get a little bored with it I think the story could have been told in two books. However, I picked it up some months later and did enjoy it, even though the end was a little predictable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the trilogy Feb. 4 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book almost stands alone without the prequels. More action and closure spiced with humour. A different Phillipa Gregory than experienced in the Tudor years
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing March 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Although I did not read the first two books in the Lacey trilogy, I had high hopes for "Meridon", as I thought Gregory's storytelling in "The Queen's Fool" is excellent. But "Meridon" is a great disappointment. The story starts out with a very interesting premise - with Meridon as a traveling Rom, or gypsy. However, her dreams of "Wide" are not flushed out completely - they don't really have a coherent place. The book starts going downhill immediately after 'the accident,' (I don't want to give too much of the story away). But after that, it seems to me that Gregory makes events happen just just for the sake of them happening without really flushing out the reasons why. Meridon jumps from being Meridon to being Sarah in too short a time, Wideacre accepts Meridon as Sarah too quickly. The ending is even more indicative of this disjointed piecing together of events - I don't truly get a sense of Meridon/Sarah's growth as a person. I was extremely disappointed with this book, but because I did really enjoy "The Queen's Fool," I will give Gregory another chance and read "The Other Boleyn Girl."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meridon - great book! Oct. 12 2010
By Claudia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I received the book in good time. The book was in great shape and it is a great read. If you're interested in learning about history while you're enjoying a good piece of fiction, then try this book. Great author.
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