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
The Hurlingford family had owned the town of Byron in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney for generations; the Byron Bottle Company was the mainstay of the town, owned and run by the Hurlingford men. But some of the women of the town were destined to be poor and impoverished – treated badly by the men, and without men of their own, they struggled; but with immense strength of character.
Missy Wright lived at Missalonghi with her mother Drusilla and aunt Octavia – thirty three years of age, Mis ...more
What a thoroughly enjoyable read this was..
Set in The Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Australia, in the time just before the outbreak of the Great War, the story revolves around a small town community made up almost entirely of various branches of the same family line...the Hurlingfords.
A bit of scandal, a bit of snobbery, a few old maids and spinsters, and a bit of romance, make this an easy and entertaining read.
Really, not a bad short story all in all, but it doens't hold a candle to 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 ...more
عنوان: بانوان عمارت میسالونگی؛ نویسنده: کالین مک کالو؛ مترجم: طاهره صدیقیان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، صذوق، 1372، در 223 ص
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
The plot? Missy finds her exist ...more
I have been reading These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901 and Sarah's Quilt either side of this and imagine my surprise and delight to see the author in an interview at the back refer to this novel as one of the bo ...more
I started off liking it, and couldn't wait to find out what would happen and how Missy would eventually end up either emancipating herself or being treated like a child until her mother and aunt dropped off the perch. From somewhere, quite under described, Missy gains spirit and feist.
So whilst it started off quite wonderful, it then rushed on implausibly to ...more
There are multiple plot aspects that are a bit too close for comfort, starting with the set up, a spinster living with her mother and another female family member, her love of books, a mysterious new comer to the town, a beautiful cousin.... Overall however, the writing is nowhere near the ...more
Who was John Smith? What was the mystery surrounding his past? Why did he elect to live alone in the bush and listen to the silence? These were the questions the outraged members of the Hurlingford clan asked when John Smith came to town and stole the valley out from under their self-important noses. He would have to go! said the third Sir William. What was all the fuss about? asked Alicia the clan belle, too busy planning her wedding to appreciate the ominous rumblings of change that seem ...more
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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 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 die ...more
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Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5. She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963. Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent aller ...more