Colleen McCullough always vowed that she would never write another sweeping family saga in the vein of The Thorn Birds, but luckily for her millions of fans she has now written Bittersweet, an epic novel of love, betrayal, ambition and redemption.
Set in the 1920's and 30's in Australia, Bittersweet follows the lives of four sisters - two pairs of twins. Edda, Grace, Kitty, and Tufts are the daughters of Reverend Thomas Latimer, and are about to become the first batch of nurses to be professionally trained in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. For Edda, it is the closest she can come to her dream of being a doctor. For Grace, the hospital is a terrifying place of sickness and mess, while Tufts discovers her hidden talents. For Kitty, it is a way to escape the suffocating love of her mother, who can see nothing beyond Kitty's astonishing beauty.
As career dreams clash with romance, and the Depression casts its shadow across Australia, each of the sisters will be forced to confront her own secret desires and dreams, and discover the true nature of love.
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This was awful
I have been a huge Colleen McCulloch fan but this was just awful. The storyline was nothing and the use of so called Australian slang "starve the lizards"???? An English guy comes out to an Australian country town to run a hospital and while interviewing staff for their positions tells one of the nurses he wants to marry her, without even knowing who she is. Come on!!!
She could have done a little research into country life in Australia.
Anyone - Mickey Mouse would have done a better job.
90% of them, it was all just so implausible.
I couldn't finish this book, I thought I did well to get through the first half. It was painful to listen to.
- Lyn McQuade
An entertaining Australian novel