The Ladies of Missalonghi
Sometimes fairy tales can come true--even for plain, shy spinsters like Missy Wright. Neither as pretty as cousin Alicia nor as domineering as mother Drusilla, she seems doomed to a quiet life of near poverty at Missalonghi, her family's pitifully small homestead in Australia's Blue Mountains. But it's a brand new century--the twentieth--a time for new thoughts and bold ne...more
I don’t mind authors telling similar stories if each is entertaining in its own way. But this book troubled me. It had too many parts directly copied from LM Montgomery’s book The Blue Castle (TBC). TBC was published in 1926. This book was published in 1987. I gave TBC 4 ½ stars.
Missy is 33, wimpy, mousy, downtrodden, a spinster, and lives with her mother. In TBC a doctor sends her a letter by mistake saying she will d...more
The plot? Missy finds her exist...more
Três mulheres que vivem sózinhas, dedicadas à casa e às costuras, que apenas vivem o dia a dia de forma calma. Missy a mais nova das três, lê às escondidas belos romances que a ajudam a sonhar numa vida diferente da que leva. Com a ajuda de Una, Missy consegue os seus romances na biblioteca e também tomar uma serie de decisões que afectam toda...more
The owner of the used bookstore I frequent and have for years actually recommended this book...more
Nice little fairy story, where the heroine breaks out of a wretched life and gets the guy, while the "bad guys" get their own back. I enjoyed the setting in the Blue Mountains of Australia.
However, I do feel like the ending was a little rushed--once things started getting interesting, the book was almost o...more
I do absolutely love the book jacket art...more
To me, this was a silly little romance and not worth the hour it took me to read it.
I looked it up on the internet, and it turns out that Colleen McCullough has been accused of plagarizing "The Blue Castle" by L.M. Montgomery. After looking at the two books by plot, character, etc. I could see t...more
Friends, I want you all to know that I read this book solely because I love L.M. Montgomery’s The Blue Castle with a passion that even I find slightly alarming, and I was informed by my fellow Goodreaders that The Ladies of Missalonghi was a ridiculously blatant plagiarism and should be purged from the face of the earth.
So yes. Another low-star review.
The Ladies of Missalonghi at least appeared to...more
The premise that happiness for a woman is marriage...more
Really, not a bad short story all in all, but it doens't hold a candle to L.M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle.
She grew up during World War II. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis from surgical soap and was told to abandon her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Instead,...more