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Because they are two sets of twins, the four Latimer sisters are as close as can be. Yet these vivacious young women each have their own dreams for themselves: Edda wants to be a doctor, Tufts wants to organize everything, Grace won't be told what to do, and Kitty wishes to be known for something other than her beauty. They are famous throughout New South Wales for their beauty, wit, and ambition, but as they step into womanhood, they are not enthusiastic about the limited prospects life holds for them. Together they decide to enroll in a training program for nurses, a new option for women of their time, who have previously been largely limited to the role of wives, and preferably mothers. As the Latimer sisters become immersed in hospital life and the demands of their training, they meet people and encounter challenges that spark new maturity and independence. They meet men from all walks of life, local farmers, their professional colleagues, and even men with national roles and reputations, and each sister must make weighty decisions about what she values most. The results are sometimes happy, sometimes heartbreaking, but always...bittersweet.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9781476767680
Characteristics: 376 pages ;,24 cm.


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Apr 19, 2017

It was just ok. Over the top privileged young women going through 'hardships'. It's amazing what a lot of money can do to break glass ceilings and smooth paths through the cruel world. Especially when you're all drop dead gorgeous and have the bodies of supermodels.

Feb 16, 2017

"The Thorn Birds" this isn't. The stress here is on character, with two sets of twins born to the same father, and a different mother. The father's a born parent, but he lives to rue the day he married his second wife after the first dies in childbirth. The two sets of twins are very different from each other, but delightful, as they support each other (mostly). One huge difference from "The Thorn Birds" is that little sense of Australia comes through in the newer book, a disappointment. As an example, corn is a major character in "The Thorn Birds" but just something that grows in the background in "Bittersweet." The men in "Bittersweet," whether the women marry them or not, whether they "allow" the twins to explore the careers of their choice, are all very different. A beach read, but not up to the quality of the earlier romance. I haven't read any of McCullough's books except these two.

Jul 31, 2016

Two sets of twins—Edda and Grace, Tufts and Kitty—are nurse trainees in their hometown hospital near Sydney, Australia. We follow them from the 1920s into Depression-era 1930s as they follow their dreams.

Writing is light and bright, plot moves right along. Had a little of the feel of Jane Austen’s writing. Good to read Colleen McCullough again.

Sep 13, 2015

I thought it was great....not a typical romance type showed all sides of the human journey not just the pretty fun bits. I loved the era detail and the perspectives from both sides of the tracks. Definately worth the read.

Sep 08, 2015

I found this book a little dull. The story line seemed to drag on for ever and I did not finish reading it.

Jun 24, 2015

Generally a disappointment....
The historical aspects of both Australia & early nursing were interesting & well presented. However, the character development asked a lot of the reader. The twins each seemed to do an abrupt about-face & the men (Rector Latimer excepted) were all stereotypical villains.....`The Thorn Birds it isnt.

Oct 17, 2013

The book is beautifully presented. I found the historical background interesting.Australian life in a small rural town in the 1920's and 30's explored through the lives of a family of 2 sets of twin girls who trained as nurses.Elements of The Hospital Drama.The Politics.The Depression.(No bushfires or floods unless I missed those bits) Loved the descriptions of the clothes and accessories. The characters,the relationships and the situations were too far over the top to be convincing as a novel.However,it had all the makings of another Aussie soap opera or a TV series along the lines of 'A place to Call Home' with Noni Hazlehurst as the wicked stepmother/mother.

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