The Ladies of Missalonghi

The Ladies of Missalonghi

by Colleen McCullough
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The Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough

Sometimes fairy toles can come true-even for plain,shy spinsters like Missy Wright. Neither as pretty as cousin Alicianor as domineering as mother Drusilla, she seems doomed to aquiet life of near poverty at Missalonghi, her family's pitifullysmall homestead in Australia's Blue Mountains. But It's a brandnew century-the twentieth-a time for new thoughts and boldnew actions. And Missy Wright is about to set every self-righteous tongue in the town of Byron wagging. Because she hasjust set her sights on a mysterious, mistrusted and unsuspectingstranger ... who just might be Prince-Charming in disguise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380704583
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/1988
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 564,671
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Colleen McCullough is the author of The Thorn Birds, Tim, An Indecent Obsession, A Creed for the Third Millennium, The Ladies of Missalonghi, The First Man in Rome, The Grass Crown, Fortune's Favorites, Caesar's Women, Caesar, and other novels. She lives with her husband on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.


Norfolk Island, 1,000 miles off the Australian coast

Date of Birth:

June 1, 1937

Place of Birth:

Wellington, New South Wales, Australia


Attended University of Sydney

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Ladies of Missalonghi 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book years ago - short, sweet, with lots of food for thought weeks after you read it. I give this book to my kid's teachers with a special bookmark. Its perfect for a teacher to read over the holiday or summer break!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a school project on foreign authors, and i just couldn't put it down. The characters were captivating, and the story was just delightful. I loved the development of Missy throughout the novel, as well as her willingness and determination to get what she desired. The ending was a pleasant surprise. This is a great book to curl up with.
GeorgeElliot65 More than 1 year ago
This exhilirating book is from the minds of Colleen McCullough. This is one of the funniest, cleverest books I've read in a while. This book is old but it rings true still.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I must reread it a couple of times a year. I think of it more as a coming-of-age story than a love story, even though she is in her thirties. Also, I want to point out that 'Blue Castle' was published a year AFTER this book and is a young adult book. Just wanted to get the facts straight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and I could see this as a movie! The characters are so well-developed. I especially loved the comment made by one of the aunts,'You get the government...' For those who love period lit this is a must read for you. Go get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy this wonderful story and couldn't put it down as I anxiously awaited what would happen next! I love period writings and the characters all were very interesting as the story develops. I can see this could make a great movie! I was totaly surprised at the end. Wonderfully funny and finally a story that you feel leaves you feeling so great at the ending!
PatF62 More than 1 year ago
After another review mentioned that is was a lot like Montgomery's the Blue Castle, I looked into it. It is exactly the same story and I'm shocked that she got away with it. Both have an aging spenster type woman that finally finds a wonderful mate with lots of money so that the whole town reaps the benefits. The one thing in it's favor is that it is short. The writing is very basic and plain, not like her Rome novels. She is a good author - I just don't know how she got away with this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blue Castle was published in 1926, way before the Ladies of M!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I dont understand why this book is still in print. I would have thought it would be pulled because of plagerism! It is so like Lucy Maud Montgomerys book Blue Castle. And Ms Montgomery's is better.