Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Are you a romantic? Seeing that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought it’s a good time to focus on romance. Every romance lover has an opinion about what is the greatest romance novel ever. So I turned to an unbiased source, the Reader’s Digest list of the best love stories of all time. The book they rank as #1, is Colleen McCullough’s, The Thorn Birds.

The epic family saga of the Cleary family isolated on an Australian sheep farm is truly an unforgettable novel. The story is centered around beautiful and headstrong Meggie Cleary, and the man she desperately adores, Ralph de Bricassart, the handsome young parish priest. Although Fr. Ralph rises to the inner circles of the Vatican his passion for Meggie haunts him all the days of his life. Many probably watched the TV series many years ago, but if you haven’t ever read the book, it’s definitely worth it.

On the library’s facebook page, you’ll find a link to the Reader’s Digest list in case you’re curious what other titles are found there. What I found interesting is that half the titles were written by men, so there’s definitely something there for everyone.

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