"Filled with humor, insight and captivating historical detail, McCullough's latest is a wise and warm tribute to family, female empowerment and her native land."
“Just as epic as her ultra-romantic classic, The Thorn Birds.”
– Marie Claire
"Readers of historical family dramas will be excited to find a new, satisfying book to enjoy while longtime fans of The Thorn Birds will be over the moon, welcoming back a dear old friend. Take it to the beach, on the plane, or the couch, this book will be the best traveling companion of the summer."
– Library Journal, starred review
"McCullough's richly drawn characters grab control of the heartstrings from the beginning...and prove that, even when choices are not in wide supply, happiness is attainable--even if, at times, it is bittersweet."
– Publishers Weekly
"A fascinating exploration of the bonds between sisters and a fine historical novel."
"Vintage McCullough . . . underlines several of McCullough's enormous strengths as a writer—superbly deft characterization; multiple plots that move apace; a warmth and generosity in the telling; and dialogue sharp and, in moments, uproariously funny . . . a meditation on love and the decisions we make that riffle into our future."
– The Courier-Mail
“Lovers of McCullough’s bestseller The Thorn Birds will be happy to hear that Bittersweet takes us back to historic country Australia . . . as clever, compelling, and as down-to-earth as its four heroines.”
– Australian Women's Weekly
“It’s the heartwarming family bonds that will have you passing this gem on to friends.”
– Better Homes and Gardens (Australia)
“A master class in succinct, precise prose, captivating yet flawed characters and an engrossing historical setting…meticulously researched and cleverly composed.”
– Good Reading (Australia)
“Fabulous . . . engrossing.”
– Manly Daily (Sydney)
“A great read.”
– Weekend Australian