The final book in this trilogy is my favourite, and actually the first Philippa Gregory that I ever read.
My dad worked night shifts as a lorry driver after he gave up farming, and would sometimes bring us treats home. Sometimes those treats were books, the books that were free with a full tank of fuel or the ones in motorway service station baskets for a few pound. He would judge purely on the cover, comparing it to covers he had seen me leave laying around the house and was nearly always spot on. Some of them are my absolute favourites, and sparked a love for a genre or author that I never would have found myself. My dad isn’t a big reader, he’s probably only finished two books in his life, so it wasn’t like when he brought home chocolate bars he had bought for himself but hadn’t eaten, he would bring these books home specifically for me. I would wake up to them sitting by the kettle with a little note, or he would wait until he was about to leave for the night and pull it out of his bag like a magician. I loved those surprises.
I don’t know what made him pick up Meridon, I don’t know what I could have been reading at the time that would make him choose it, but I’m glad he did. We went on holiday a little while later, I usually had to pack at least 4 books, but I only brought Meridon. I read it through for the second time on the plane there and would immediately turn back to the beginning as soon as I had finished for the entire week.
I eventually discovered that there were two books before Meridon, and I’ve read them through a couple of times as well.
It’s probably been a few years since I last picked it up, so when I packed my books to move house and saw it’s green cover calling me from the top of the box I knew I had to open it up and say ‘Hello’ to some old friends. - if you made it to the end of this ridiculously long post, let me know if you only reread the book you like in a series or if you reread the whole series.
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