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The Ladies of Missalonghi, by Colleen McCullough

lithappens's review against another edition

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funny hopeful lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

sarahsponda's review against another edition

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lighthearted medium-paced
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

Love love love narrator Davina Porter.

Pleasant, predictable, fine, few lite sexy moments, but ugh
SpoilerWTF is up with the supernatural ending
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slowreadinglouise's review

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lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

SpoilerI hated the angel ending!

lnatal's review

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3.0

It seems this book has a similar plot as The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery which was published in 1926.

Another coincidence? To be checked.

brona's review

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4.0

Regular followers of my blog will already know how much I love The Ladies of Missalonghi. It's not only a deliciously light, confectionery offering of a book, it's also a murky story mired down in a controversy involving plagiarism and L. M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle.

Both novels can be seen as fairly classic examples of the romance genre - with a down trodden, plain heroine-to-be, a family that gets in her way/puts her down/hides her away, a mysterious, stranger hero-to-be, a misunderstanding that becomes the agent of change so that our 'to-be's' finally become fully fledged heroine and hero, in love and living happily ever after!

It has been suggested by some reviews I've read online, that McCullough's story is in fact a parody of the romance genre, but for a parody to work, there have to be clear signs for the reader to pick up on. Having read both books more than once, I couldn't find any evidence of parody or spoof, although McCullough does seem a little self-conscious at times.
Full review here - http://bronasbooks.blogspot.com.au/2017/11/the-ladies-of-missalonghi-by-colleen.html
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georgiewhoissarahdrew's review

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I picked this up because it was supposed to be a thinly disguised version of [b:The Blue Castle|95693|The Blue Castle |L.M. Montgomery|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1442108651s/95693.jpg|1298683]. Except that The Blue Castle was charming, interesting, well-crafted.

A book can have many faults and I will still read it. But a boring book? DNF.

raehink's review

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4.0

This is a sweet and gentle read. McCullough is known for really long sagas, so this is unusually short for her.

industrialathena's review

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4.0

I *love* this book! It's sort of a cross between Jane Eyre and Cinderella: a bookish, thinking girl's romance novel. In less than 200 pages McCullough gives us an oppressed plain Jane heroine, petty tyrannical relatives, and a wealthy mysterious "prince". The only thing missing is the fairy godmother. Everytime I finish this book, I'm left with a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

fran11's review

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4.0

Sweet little romance. It reminded me of LM Montgomery's "The Blue Castle" only with an Australian setting.
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