The Thorn BirdsThe Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The beginning of this book was like traveling to Australia and living on a sheep ranch. The descriptions were vivid, and the people lived and breathed. The first generations in this grand saga–Fee and Paddie, Meggie and Father Ralph–were multidimensional and interesting. But the final generation–Justine and Dane–felt flat for me. Dane was too good to be true, and Justine was someone not even her mother could know (much less the reader). Still, I will probably read The Thorn Birds again sometime. It’s the kind of historical that allows you to live in another world for a while, and they are the best kind.

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