I’m known for reading a lot of Young Adult books, but I like to expand my horizon and to read different genres as well. It was in September 2018 that I started reading The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley, because everyone kept raging about it in a good way and the books were literally everywhere. However, I deleted my first review of the first book because A) it was trash and B) I found it more suitable to write one giant review post with all mini reviews. This blog post will be updated and re-published once I finish The sun sister, which will be out here in February 2020. And then again once the seventh book in this series is out.
The seven sisters is a book series about six sisters who have all been adopted by a very very rich man. They all are named after a star somewhere in the galaxy. However, there is a seventh sister somehwhere, but she hasn’t been found yet. Whenever their father suddenly passes away, each sister receives a letter, a few coordinates and a prop of their past. They need to go and find their roots to finally know their heritage and where they are from. And last but not least, find their families.
This series is about finding who you truly are and it’s half historical fiction. Past and present times are both intertwined in all books and this way we find out where all sisters came from. Don’t worry, it’s not heavy historical fiction, it’s really accessible. Without further ado, let’s go to the mini reviews.
The Seven SistersThe Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
Series: The Seven Sisters #1
Genres: Roman, General Fiction
Published by Atria Books on May 5, 2015
Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.
Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.
In this sweeping, epic tale of love and loss—the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven novels—Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
The first thing I noticed after starting this book was the ease of reading it. I flew through the chapters. However, I read this one in September 2018, so I’m not to sure about everything anymore. In this book we follow Maia’s journey in finding her family. Maia is quite introvert and works as a translator for books. And let that be of great help when finding her family.
However, I had some trouble finishing this book. I found the story in the past not that interesting, not like the stories of the other sisters. The present story was easier to read, but once I started connecting the pieces it became easier to read again. In any case, I knew that I wanted to continue this series. At the end of each book, we get a little sneak peek of the next sister and her story which will make you curious too.
The Storm SisterThe Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
Series: The Seven Sisters #2
Genres: Roman, General Fiction
Published by Atria Books on March 22, 2016
Ally D’Aplièse is about to compete in one of the world’s most perilous yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father’s sudden, mysterious death. Rushing back to meet her five sisters at their family home, she discovers that her father—an elusive billionaire affectionately known to his daughters as Pa Salt—has left each of them a tantalizing clue to their true heritage.
But the timing couldn’t be worse: Ally had only recently fallen into a new and deeply passionate love affair, but with her life now turned upside down, she decides to leave the open seas and follow the trail that her father left her, which leads her to the icy beauty of Norway…
There, Ally begins to discover her roots and how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived over a century before and sang in the first performance of Grieg’s iconic music set to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. As Ally learns more about Anna, she also begins to question who her father, Pa Salt, really was—and why is the seventh sister missing?
The second book in this series is about Ally who is a professional sailor. However, after a traumatic experience, she doesn’t want to know if she wants to sail the sea anymore and she starts her journey in finding her roots. For me, this book was by far the easiest to read. I think I finished it in like two or three days during last year’s Christmas break. This book is about music and both storylines are interesting.
The Shadow SisterThe Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley
Series: The Seven Sisters #3
Genres: Roman, General Fiction
Published by Atria Books on April 18, 2017
Travel through the lush English countryside and explore the magnificent estates of the British aristocracy in this next spellbinding love story in The Seven Sisters series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley.
Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.
A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life...
As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.
The Shadow Sister is the third in the sweeping Seven Sisters series, “soaked in glamour and romance” (Daily Mail) and perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and the novels of Kate Morton.
On to a slower paced book. At least, that’s how Star’s story felt to me. Star lives in her younger sister CeCe’s shadow and has no idea of what she wants in life. Thanks to her favorite book store in London she finds both a job and clues to her roots. However, this book had a really slow start, especially the first parts of the past storyline. After a while it got better and the story became easier to read again, but this took a very long while. Honestly, this is my least favorite book in the series so far.
The Pearl SisterThe Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley
Series: The Seven Sisters #4
Genres: Roman, General Fiction
Published by Atria Books on January 23, 2018
From the breathtaking beaches of Thailand to the barely tamed wilds of colonial Australia, The Pearl Sister is the next captivating story in New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley’s epic series about two women searching for a place to call home.
CeCe D’Aplièse has always felt like an outcast. But following the death of her father—the reclusive billionaire affectionately called Pa Salt by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe—she finds herself more alone than ever. With nothing left to lose, CeCe delves into the mystery of her familial origins. The only clues she holds are a black and white photograph and the name of a female pioneer who once traversed the globe from Scotland to Australia.
One hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, a clergyman's daughter, abandoned her conservative upbringing to serve as the companion to a wealthy woman traveling from Edinburgh to Adelaide. Her ticket to a new land brings the adventure she dreamed of…and a love that she had never imagined.
When CeCe reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, and her soul reawakens. As she comes closer to finding the truth of her ancestry, CeCe begins to believe that this untamed, vast continent could offer her what she’s always yearned for: a sense of belonging.
Off to CeCe, who has less of an idea of what she wants to do in life than her sister Star. Due to events in the previous book, she doesn’t have Star to lean on. CeCe travels the world to find her heritage and this book was fast-paced again. The setting makes this book more intersting, it’s not set in a big city but in a rural part of Australia.
The Moon SisterThe Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
Series: The Seven Sisters #5
Published by Atria Books on February 19, 2019
From New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, The Moon Sister transports you to the grandeur of the remote Scottish Highlands and the gypsy caves of Granada, just as Spain descends into civil war, interweaving the stories of two women searching for their destinies, at the risk of potentially losing their chance at love.
Tiggy D’Aplièse spends her days experiencing the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands doing a job she loves at a deer sanctuary. But when the sanctuary is forced to close, she is offered a job as a wildlife consultant on the vast and isolated estate of the elusive and troubled laird, Charlie Kinnaird. She has no idea that the move will not only irrevocably alter her future, but also bring her face-to-face with her past.
At the estate, she meets Chilly, a gypsy who fled from Spain seventy years before. He tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home…
In 1912, in the poor gypsy community outside the city walls of Granada, Lucía Amaya-Albaycin is born. Destined to be the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation—and named La Candela, due to the inner flame that burns through her when she dances— Lucía is whisked away by her ambitious and talented guitarist father at the tender age of ten to dance in the flamenco bars of Barcelona. Her mother is devastated by the loss of her daughter and as civil war threatens in Spain, tragedy strikes the rest of her family. Now in Madrid, Lucía and her troupe of dancers are forced to flee for their lives, their journey taking them far across the water to South America and eventually, to North America and New York—Lucía’s long-held dream. But to pursue it, she must choose between her passion for her career and the man she adores. The Moon Sister follows these two women on their journey to discover their true futures—but at the risk of potentially losing the men they had hoped to build futures with.
This is the final book I’ve finished. I read this last week, so it’s pretty recently. Again, a fast-paced story which didn’t bore me or went too slow. The past was interesting, however the present was less this time. I guess for me it’s just Tiggy and her interests, that’s all.
To be continued……