by Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: originally 1990, this edition 2002
Summary (via Goodreads)
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl comes the final book of the extraordinary Wideacre trilogy as the heir to the great estate comes home at last.
Meridon knows she does not belong in the dirty, vagabond life of a gypsy bareback rider. The half-remembered vision of another life burns in her heart, even as her beloved sister, Dandy, risks everything for their future. Alone, Meridon follows the urgings of her dream, riding in the moonlight past the rusted gates, up the winding drive to a house—clutching the golden clasp of the necklace that was her birthright—home at last to Wideacre. The lost heir of one of England’s great estates would take her place as its mistress...
Meridon is a rich, impassioned tapestry of a young woman’s journey from dreams to glittering drawing rooms and elaborate deceits, from a simple hope to a deep and fulfilling love. Set in the savage contrasts of Georgian England—a time alive with treachery, grandeur, and intrigue—Meridon is Philippa Gregory’s masterwork.
This Final instalment of the Wideacre trilogy for me ended the books perfectly. Gregory created in these three books three strong female leads that were remembered for completely different reasons.
What I enjoyed with this book was the way she brought new settings into the story that allowed the reader to get more of idea of what Georgian England would have been like for the poor and the rich. For me these books show a great deal about what can happen when tenants get along with their landlords and what happens when they don't, to the tragic end.