I absolutely love this book. I am a big Philippa Gregory fan and am partial to historical fiction and this trilogy is amazing. This is actually my second reading of Wideacre and it's definitely better second time around.
It's not a book to be read in one sitting by any means. I normally devour at least a book a week and this one alone has taken me a fortnight but from page one I was gripped and embroiled in the life on the Wideacre estate.
I have to say 50 Shades of Grey is pale in comparison to the antics of Miss Beatrice Lacey. She is one wonderful character. She's a lady that knows what she wants ( to be nothing short of the squire of Wideacre) and she will stop at nothing to get it. This book is steeped in scandal, murder, passion and illicit affairs. Page after page throws something new at you making you gasp and thinking surely she wouldn't do that but Beatrice lets nothing get in her way.
Having borne two children her goal is to ensure that they inherit Wideacre on her death. Back in the 1790's it was the males offspring that inherits and when her brothers wife is feared to be unable to have another child after the alleged birth of her daughter, Beatrice springs to action and sets about securing her husbands fortunes by any mean necessary, to buy out the remaining heir and therefore secure her children's inheritance
Of course, things go badly wrong and the village of Acre are not the only people to suffer. The outcome can mean only one thing destruction and death. This book is well worth a read and I'm currently devouring the second instalment, 'The favoured Child,' review of which will be posted shortly.