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Bittersweet | [Colleen McCullough]

Bittersweet

Bittersweet follows the lives of four sisters - two pairs of twins. Edda, Grace, Kitty, and Tufts 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Colleen McCullough (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Lyn McQuade Bligh Park, Australia 12-10-13
    Lyn McQuade Bligh Park, Australia 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This was awful"
    What disappointed you about Bittersweet?

    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!!!


    What could Colleen McCullough have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have done a little research into country life in Australia.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Deidre Rubenstein?

    Anyone - Mickey Mouse would have done a better job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bittersweet?

    90% of them, it was all just so implausible.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't finish this book, I thought I did well to get through the first half. It was painful to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paddington Sydney, Australia 12-07-13
    Paddington Sydney, Australia 12-07-13
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    "An entertaining Australian novel"

    I am a big fan of Colleen McCullough. I have read most of her books and I am looking forward to her next! Having been a nurse in my earlier years straight from school in Australia I recognised some of the aspects of the nursing way of life that Colleen describes. Life was quite strict for a nurse even in the late 60's and 70's. I loved the historical setting and the characters portrayed. It is not attempting to be a great piece of literature but it held my interest throughout. It was entertaining and charming with twists that made it work well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Roscoe Ellenbrook, Australia 11-20-13
    A Roscoe Ellenbrook, Australia 11-20-13 Member Since 2013

    Thylacine

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    "Great reading of a good story"
    What made the experience of listening to Bittersweet the most enjoyable?

    The way in which the narrator was able to fit her voice so well to the various characters both male & female.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed all the characters as they each had their own story to tell, my least favourite though was Charles Burdem.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Charles found the letter from Kitty.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shakya Cedar Pocket, Australia 02-26-14
    Shakya Cedar Pocket, Australia 02-26-14 Member Since 2011

    Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.

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    "Loved this story and the characters, informative"

    Colleen McCullough writes amazing stories and this one is no different. The story is informative as well as interesting and the characters loveable and so real. I drank so much tea during the telling of this tale and felt like I was there with them enjoying a scone to go along with my tea. I even made a batch at one point and ANZAC biscuits. Very Australian and well placed in history. The narrator brought the book to life.

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    debra vermont, Australia 01-07-14
    debra vermont, Australia 01-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""Not My Cuppa Tea""
    Would you try another book from Colleen McCullough and/or Deidre Rubenstein?

    I was once a fan of Colleen McCullough..but that was when I was in my teens! In retrospect I believe I was a romantic simple girl. This book was boring soppy and unrealistic..how can there be four women so very very beautiful and clever and ahead of their times? Now really!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Colleen McCullough book!


    What didn’t you like about Deidre Rubenstein’s performance?

    Everything! Within the first 5 minutes I wasnt sure if I could listen to this book, she was horrible! It was a challenge..not only listening to the narrator, but getting through the story! Her voice grated on my nerves!


    What character would you cut from Bittersweet?

    All of them! Especially Kitty....she was just far toooo beautiful. (she actually tried to grate her face because she couldn't stand being so beautiful)


    Any additional comments?

    This book was predictable, boring, unrealistic and very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carole Ormond, Australia 12-19-13
    carole Ormond, Australia 12-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not for me"

    Reading the preview of this book, I was so looking forward to listening, however very disappointed.. I found quite boring.. maybe others will enjoy but not for me.

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