Top positive review
Witty, wonderful short read
24 January 2016
A short read that makes you laugh. I have never been drawn to Colleen McCullough, even though I did read the iconic The Thorn Birds decades ago and appreciate her as an Australian icon, I just haven't gone out of my way to buy one. This was recommended as an Amazon Daily deal and I'm delighted I bought it. A feminist social satire set in the early 1900s in Blue Mountains Australia. It's the story of Missy, a poor and put-upon spinster living under the autocratic tyranny of the male members of the family. Several uncles have plenty of money but are always pleading poverty. They are able to pay Missy, her mother and her aunt much more for the work the three do, but won't. Shameful relatives.
So Missy seems destined to a life of misery till a cousin, recently divorced (wonderful scandal!) arrives in town and sets the 'gentlemen' in their place with a scheme that leaves the women in the story and the readers of the book richer for the experience in every way. Very witty and wonderful. 4.5 stars