I purchased this book as a paperback in a bookstore. It will stay in my library as a classic.
I dropped in to leave a five star review out of shock that so many people prefaced a one star review with 'I read and loved the Thorn Birds...' I got the distinct impression that most of those reviewers have never read anything by this great author other than The Thorn Birds and they seemed to expect that this book should be like the Thorn Birds and implied she wasn't as great an author because it wasn't like the Thorn Birds. I don't feel any book deserves a one star for originality.
And that is why I am here. To state that this writer is great because she does not churn out near identical plot lines. That is the mark of greatness not inferior writing. Colleen McCullough has 'the touch.' This is an excellently researched and written historical novel which is, thankfully, nothing like the Thorn Birds, it is original.
You can discount some of the one star reviews as a plant, so obviously a set up to promote other authors as they plugged a mass production romance writer's book. Good authors do not need to spam their book in another author's review. Why does Amazon allow spam adds in reviews?
Colleen McCullough is a great writer. It was an interesting story and it had a great ending. Five stars.