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Publisher's Summary

The third volume in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. Set in the 18th century, they launched the career of Philippa Gregory, the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl and Three Sisters, Three Queens.

Meridon, a desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show while her sister, Dandy, risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want.

But Dandy, beautiful, impatient, thieving Dandy, grabs too much too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre - which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys.

©2006 Philippa Gregory (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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Better than book 1 & 2

I honestly didn’t like book 1 & 2 but by this time I felt I had to finish the series. Book 3 is much better and I can say I did like it. I’m glad to say it had a good ending. Still, if I had it to do again I’d skip the whole series.

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Series of 3 books is not worth buying,. free okay

This review is for the series of 3 books, Wideacre,. Favorite Child & Meridian which is very long listen and not worth spending money on, I only listened as free books. The series tries to have 3 strong female lead characters in each book during a time in history when women didn't have much power or influence on their lives. But the three lead women are not very likable. in Wideacre, Beatrice is just selfish and evil,. producing 2 children with her brother in her quest to own the family land, no one cares when she is killed and her brother dies soon after. But the children live on for the second book, Favorite Child. Julia the oldest and lead character is kinder and more likeable but she is so indecisive and bullied by her brother that she becomes dull. When she finally give birth to a girl that is fathered by her brother and dies, there is no grief for her passing. The girl Meridian whose parents and grandparents where brother and sisters was given away to gypsies as a baby due to the incestial background. She is lead for the third book and definitely the strongest and most likable of the 3 women but due to her poor upbringing and the culture of the 1800's where women are just for producing children, she is easily taken advantage of. She makes bad decisions because she trusts no one even the couple people who truly try to help her. Finally, she realizes her mistakes and finds her true love and life calling, the only woman of the 3 to have a long and happy life.
The biggest problem with series is that the author tries very hard to give details of the land, culture and history of the late 1700s & early 1800s in England, while doing that the story just goes on way too long. There is too much dialog from the 3 women characters about how they feel and why the feel and what should they do etc etc that at some point in each book, you just want the woman to shut up and make a decision, even the wrong one which they often do. Each book is over 20 hours and they shouldn't be that long, too much detail that adds nothing to the overall story. The author wants to give some history but it just makes the stories too long and thus you keep hoping it ends soon. Wouldn't waste time on this series if I had read some of the other reviews which are similar.

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Best book of the three but that’s not really saying a lot. Incest free thankfully

I liked her story and I enjoyed the listen. The voice was a little too childish and often petulant sounding. But otherwise she was fine.

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I still take issue with the incestuous grandchild, from TWO generations of brother sister incest not having any kind of physical or mental handicaps. I don’t know why Philippa Gregory thought we needed 2 books of incest so I was relieved there was no more in this one. I worried for a while that Meridon was “in love” with her “twin” and was very relieved it didn’t happen. Wouldn’t have surprised me with this series though. I was glad someone at least got a happy life out of the series.

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Fairytale

This was great listening and my favorite Age. I always find the rules of Society intriguing. I also find it galling what women’s rights back then. Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors.

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👍👍

The beginning was a little slow for me. I was worried that it was just going to be a repeat of the first two books, but I was wrong. This book turned out so good! I only wish there was more!

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It’s a good thing it was free.

I kept hoping I would like the main characters but I didn’t. Thankfully this book was incest free.

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Saved the best for last

Read the 1st two so you can enjoy the 3rd. This was by far the best book in the trilogy of Wideacre. It had a great story with just enough excitement and heartbreak. I enjoyed the characters very much. Great book!

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Best book I’ve listened to in a long time!

Awesome narrator…awesome story from nothing to something…lots of twists and turns…a really are drawn into this character.

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Narration pushes rating

I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's historical settings/work but after finishing the first two dark illicit explicitly erotic and disturbing books in this series I was going for this 3rd mostly just to "finish" the story. (I hate unfinished stories) I'm sure glad I did as it was the best of the Wideacre series and the narrator for this book was so spot on for Meridon I felt. She really made the book "real" in my opinion and I'm glad the character found a satisfying ending in this final book. It was a perfect match. I don't often feel audio books get that, the narration can make or break a book or series. This one sure made this book. I loved also that this book's story line pulled away from Wideacre so we could live for a while in a wider sphere before coming back to it.

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Best one of the three!!

Loved this story!! Loved the change on the story and the strong will of Meridon!!

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  • Mrs. Wendy Hawkins
  • 09-29-17

Captivating

I enjoyed the 3 wildacre books one after the other and could not wait for the next instalment of the Lacey family! Very very enjoyable,an excellent listen! Very pleased audible suggested it as a book, or series of books I would like!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-20

A bit long winded

I have listened to this while doing long walks and so it has been companionable. The book needed serious editing as quite a bit was repetitive and cliched. That said, it passed the time. A predictable end but then the whole of the trilogy is predictable. Still quite enjoyable and doesn’t tax the brain!

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  • moo moo
  • 12-05-18

Disappointed!

I’d like to clarify my headline.
I was disappointed in the main female character in all the books, I only kept buying them till the end as I thought by the last one that, through the knowledge of her ancestors Julia( Meridon ) + her sixth sense, would fight her corner before the last chapter of the book. I know times were hard for women in those days but it was made easier for her by the will so I feel that this book in many ways didn’t do her justice. I’m in no way saying don’t read it as it was worth the read. I just feel it could have been hugely better.

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  • Mommiecat
  • 05-07-19

Not Gregory’s finest hour

A very disappointing, weak storyline peppered with too much repetition to the point of embarrassment. The narrator was difficult to understand, with inflection on almost every alternate syllable coupled with a cotton wool voice swallowing her words. A real shame as Philippa Gregory usually has a much higher standard.

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  • Andrea O.
  • 06-18-18

Great listen

This was my favourite in the Wideacre trilogy of books. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and after listening to the three books back to back, I am so sorry that it has come to an end.

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  • 05-21-18

A good end to a twisted saga

I was unsure whether to listen to Meridon as I had read very mixed reviews about it. but I am very pleased I did. Yes the narration is different to that in The Favoured Child but I found these characters a lot more realistic. In the Favoured Child a number of the characters had hopes and didn't speak up to injustices while in Meridon I found Sarah and Will to be much more believable and they fight for what is theirs right to the end. A book which is very much worth a listen and very enjoyable!

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  • Margaret
  • 08-27-18

meridon

Really enjoyed the story and all the various characters. A satisfying ending to this trilogy.

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  • Piper H
  • 10-17-21

Epic

Would definitely recommend this book; the third book of the series. Wonderfully written & narrated.

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  • 10-16-21

Loved this book!

The narration was superb and the story kept you hooked right until the last words! Excellent!

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  • Kims place
  • 02-14-18

Absolutely brilliant

A couple of bad reviews nearly stopped me buying this audio but family sagas and long audio books are the best so this book appealed to me when it came up as the daily offer, sold!

I was half way through and absolutely fixated, totally addicted actually, that I immediately bought the other two as soon as my credits came through. Philippa Gregory, what can I say, research is brilliant, the writing is impressive and the story, so far, enthralling.

Listen to this audio, beautifully narrated, brilliant storyline and believable characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-18-21

Wonderful story

A great ending to the Wideacre Trilogy- I thoroughly enjoyed this! Wonderful characters and engaging plot.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-27-22

beautiful story

finally an unusual but happy ending for this series....after the second book of dissapointment this was a breath of fresh air and what a lovely voice to listen to too.

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  • jo Casey
  • 06-08-22

so happy with Meridan after such long sad story

I was about to give up on this series with the sadness, insest and ruthless gentry ideals. I struggled with how it made me feel as I tend to immerse myself so thoroughly in books. I always listen with earphones while working away with my hands and on speaker while travelling in the car. But Meridan redeemed the entire series and finally the happy ending I had hoped for.

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  • Goddessmmoon
  • 04-18-22

written and read superbly!

such a wonderful story. had me riveted at the start and I didn't even realise it was book 2.! must read book 1 now. lol. narrator is wonderful. so easy to listen to.

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  • donna f.
  • 02-16-22

well that was a first 😳

I just wanted to hate the Laceys , first 2 books left me wanting more though.
Thankyou for Meridon I wanted to slap her silly then hug her.
Excellent book and very well read

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  • Jennifer Farrier
  • 02-13-22

A captivating and thoroughly enjoyable tale.

I love a happy ending.
A wonderful trilogy. I will listen to more from Philippa.

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  • Maryanne
  • 02-03-22

Entertaining

Well written and engaging finish to the three book series. Will listen to more of this author in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-25-22

Loved it!

The best of the 3 books & a much needed happy ending. Quite a few twists & turns & not predictable. Really enjoyed this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-21

Loved it.

Thoroughly enjoyed this series by Philippa Gregory. Wonderful narration throughout. Well worth the listen.