a really good read. If you liked the Thorn Birds novel you will also like this. The characters are larger than life.
As usual, a well-researched multi-generational saga that gives you a peek into the life of people in a time and place we don't know first-hand. All through the book you wonder how the two in love will ever get together. What a surprising ending!
The author of The Thorn Birds brings us the story of Alex who went from an apprentice in Scotland to a wealthy man in Australia. His lonely wife must vie for his affections with his mistress and business partner. Her books are always good.
Although this book was very interesting, some parts of the story were very far-fetched. I think she could have also done a better job explaining a few of the things mentioned in the book- a brief description would have worked very well, especially for a lot of the mining terms. Not sorry I spent the time to read it, just thought it wasn't her best.
New South Wales, 1872: Alexander Kinross acquires a fortune traveling the globe-- and lands on a continent where self-made men can inherit the world.
I put off reading this book for a while because I thought it was going to be a mushy romance novel. Should have known better -- this is Colleen McCullough! Although I still like her works on ancient Rome the best, this book is not just another love story set in a far-away land & time. The characters are so well developed that they will frustrate you and make you care about them, even if you don't want to.
I found it hard to put this book down, really unusual considering the protagonist is not a very likable person. But the excitement of a rags-to-riches story, together with rich characterizations, makes it irresistible. The books throbs with passion, not just romantic passion, but passion for riches, for achievement, for career, for one's children, and for revenge. I couldnt stop reading it, or thinking about it for a long time afterward.
Written in the manner of "The Thorn Birds", this book covers the years 1872 to 1900 and takes place in New South Wales, Australia. Memorable characters, a good love story, and lots of historical references in the development of this area. Some technical sections on gold mining & steam engines and some politics, which would appeal to men.
Colleen continues to weave a haunting narrative about a dysfunctional Australian family. Not as good as Thorn Birds but worth the read.