The Favored Child is the second book in the Wideacre series. The estate is bankrupt and two children are now squires of the estate.
Julia is the lover of land and nature. Richard is the male heir. They are being raised by Julia's mother while Richard's father is in India earning back his fortune. The money is to be used to start up Wideacre anew; new crops, new manor house and pay back the villagers for their suffering.
Julia is secretly betrothed to Richard. Their parents are adamantly opposed to any marriage between them.
A new estate manager is hired and it turns out to be Ralph Megson; the very person who originally destroyed Wideacre.
Again in this novel we see the cruelty and insanity of the Lacey Heir.
This book can be read alone but one would get more out of the story with Wideacre's background.