Author(s): Philippa Gregory
In her nighttime dreams she was the favoured child, heir to land, beloved of her family, sleeping soft between linen sheets. But during the day she was bruised, barefoot and hungry.
Meridon, the desolate Romany girl, is determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a traveling 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.
Sweeping, passionate, unique: Meridon completes Philippa Gregory's best-selling trilogy which began with Wideacre and continued in The Favoured Child.