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Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
Ladies of Missalonghi

sunnycyclist, June 10, 2012

This is a charming love story with a feminist slant, set in turn-of-the-20th-century Australia.

Missy Wright has always been the oddball: she's dark haired, average and poor in a family of blond giants that own almost every business in town. Considered a very old maid at 33, she meets a quirky librarian who encourages her to defy her smug, controlling family. She seizes opportunities to get the few nice people in the family out of poverty and makes a play for a handsome stranger.

I fell in love with this story as a teen, and it holds up well now that I've re-read it as an adult. One note: there are many points in common with L. M. Montgomery's The Blue Castle which have lead to talk of plagiarism. I don't have any opinion about that, but I strongly prefer The Ladies of Missalonghi as a book. The writing style, characterization, and humor draw me in time and again.
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Bellwether by Connie Willis

sunnycyclist, March 5, 2009

Is is science, science fiction, romance, mystery, or a history lesson about fads?
Connie Willis takes the reader through an amazing adventure with her wry sense of humor as the guide. If I had to pin this book down, I'd say it was a fairy tale about the scientific method.
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Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
Austenland: A Novel

sunnycyclist, February 12, 2009

This book isn't just about a woman with a slight Darcy obsession, it's about finding the Elizabeth Bennet in yourself. Shannon Hale's funny and insightful writing brings this book well above the usual chit lit.
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