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The second novel in the Wideacre trilogy focuses on Beatrice Lacey's orphaned daughter, Julia. Before Beatrice's death in Wideacre, she predicted that a "favored child" would inherit the estate. Beatrice left behind two children, Julia and Richard (who believe that they are cousins), and only one can be the heir to Wideacre. The inhabitants believe Julia to be the Favored Child. Julia seems to be in touch with the estate and the people, but Richard is as cruel and ruthless as Beatrice before him. He rapes Julia and impregnates her so that she must be forced to marry him, and their claims to the estate will be united as one (as the man he will be the legal owner). As the birth of her child draws near, Julia begins to realize that a connection with Wideacre can be just a great a curse as it is a blessing, and she must find a way to save her unborn child from the obsession and madness that ties the Laceys to wideacre.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   inheritance Kind of sex:    -   incest    -   rape Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   lot of descript of crop raising Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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