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Meridon Hardcover – Jul 3 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Canada (AHC) (July 3 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670831646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670831647
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,145,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book arrived in excellent condition. Delivery for two books took just over a week. Incredibly good value considering I paid 1c for the book! I haven't read it yet but if it is half as good as Wideacre, the first in the trilogy, I'm in for a treat.
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By JGilby on April 10 2014
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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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This was part of a trilogy and I really enjoyed the first two books, when I got to Meridon I was a little bored and left the book. Some months later I picked it up and got right back into it even though the end was a little predictable.
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It started a bit slow. But i knew that i should finish it as i had already read wideacer and favoured child. I was not sure but then it started. There were parts that i just could not put the book down. Then it really took off. I had to read the next and then the next chapter. I loved it! So glad i read the trilogy!! Great!
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I've never read an author with more authentic characters, and once again Gregory did not disappoint. I didn't realize that this novel was the last of a trilogy, but reading it without that background was just fine. The only difference would have been that I would know right from the start about Wideacre.

Meridon is a fifteen-year-old girl raised by a poor family that is not even part of the gypsy community. Her twin sister, Dandy, is the only person Meridon cares for and this theme repeats throughout the entire story as Meridon struggles to protect her sister from things she cannot be protected from. Meridon spends her days training horses with her father to sell as they travel from community to community until she and her sister are traded with a horse to Robert, who is not a gypsy but travels in their circles. Robert is working to build a traveling circus with his son and several horses; Meridon and Dandy become integral to his success as they improve old acts and create new ones. All this time, Meridon has vague memories or a place she only knows as Wide, a place where she is convinced she and Dandy will be safe from both poverty and loneliness.

Midway into the book, Meridon indeed finds Wideacre and is (too easily) given her inheritance. The only problem is that during her sixteen-year absence, James Fortescue and Will Tyacke, a lawyer and a farm manager, have built a communal farm. As left-wing as it gets, Wideacre is a sharp contrast to the property of neighboring Havering, which is squeezed of every profit it can muster for Lady Clara. Meridon, now called by the name she was born into, Sarah Lacey, is instantly drawn to the Haverings and the selfish security of their estate, while building a friendship with Will.
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By A Customer on Jan. 26 2004
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Like some of the other reviewers, I read The Other Boelyn Girl and really liked it - I find Philippa Gregory's writing style easy and comfortable to fall into, and of the historical fiction I've read lately, it was the most fun. I couldn't wait to dig into another one of her novels - pure fiction, this time - so there would be no boundaries.
Yeah. I rather liked it better when she had to stick to the rules. I'm having a terrible time with Wideacre, and can't imagine ploughing through two more books like this one.
First of all, the parallels with Scarlett O'Hara's obsession with keeping Tara, the plantation she grew up on, are OBVIOUS, and it takes balls to compete with a classic story like Gone With the Wind. And I'm sorry, but this madcap, melodramatic plotline actually only makes Gone With the Wind look even BETTER in comparison.
And for all of her repetitious use of the word "Wideacre" as a preceding adjective to virtually EVERY noun in the book, I'm not in the least convinced that the homestead is worth all this trouble. And if I can't sympathise with that drive in Beatrice, I can't see her as anything but despicable.
Second thing - I don't know about this preoccupation with brother-sister incest....I'm afraid to open another one of her novels. In Boelyn it had its place, but in this book it's just icky. And seems forced. And I DON'T believe the S&M business at all - that was just one more thing, tossed in there for bad measure.
Too many things just seem out of place, unbelievable, unnecessary, tasteless - this book is a train wreck. And it's too bad, because I do enjoy her writing. I may try her next historical fiction, where she's reined in a bit, but I don't think I'll pick up another of her free-for-alls.
Disappointing.
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Having read the first two novels in this trilogy, I was not quite sure what to expect from this one. While the first two novels emphasize the growth of Beatrice and Julia on Wideacre, Meridon spends the majority of this book away from her land, having grown up without any knowledge of her roots.
Yet, despite the fact that Wideacre as a place appears in this book relatively infrequently, Wideacre as a representative of the class struggle comes out much more strongly in this novel than the two previous ones. Meridon herself has lived on both sides of the track, and her unique experience gives her a completely different viewpoint from either of the two previous Laceys. Through the use of interesting side characters who each in their own way are struggling with money (the pursuit of it, why you need it, why you want it, and what to do with it once you have it), the at the time revolutionary ideas of spreading the wealth across the whole population are emphasized.
The only thing that I missed and wondered about was that there was no mention of Ralph in this book. Since he was so important in the first two books, I thought that he might make an appearance of some kind in this one... in any case, the character of Will Tyacke does well in illustrating that deep desire to help the poor.
All in all, I thought that this was an amazing finish to the trilogy, and a definite must-read.
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