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A Weak Affair
on 20 January 2016
Colleen McCullough will always be remembered for The Thorn Birds, which gave us the memorable TV series. Although she wrote other books, such as this short novel I don’t think any of the others gained her the attention and success of that one novel. This story, first published back in 1987 has had the problem that Colleen was accused of plagiarism as this is very similar to The Blue Castle, a novel from the Twenties, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. It is ironic then that Montgomery’s novel is now more widely read than this book.
Set in Byron in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales in Australia, this story takes place before the First World War. It is really something that is a bit fanciful and too pat. Missy is in her thirties and lives with her mother and aunt in genteel poverty, all members of the Hurlingford clan. The town of Byron is owned by the Hurlingford family in the main, and there is a history of the women being downtrodden by their men folk, but with a new face in town, and the mysterious buying up of the family water bottling business, could things be about to change for everyone?
With some romance, a mystery that really isn’t as it is too obvious, a hint of the supernatural and other shenanigans this book is really way too short to really bring any drama or interest to the tale, which seems a bit of a rushed affair. It does pass a few hours and you may want to read this if you are into romance novels of the sillier kind, but don’t expect to be bowled over by this, or even remember what it is about once you have finished. This really falls into the romance dime novels of earlier years when everything was always so peachy by the end.