Kimberly Livingston is here today to tell us her thoughts on the best selling novel The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. Published by Pan MacMillan in November 2014. This book kicked started the series.
Their future is written in the stars . . .
Maia D’Aplièse 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, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began . . .
Eighty years earlier, in the Belle Epoque of Rio, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a 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 cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.
The Seven Sisters is a sweeping epic tale of love and loss – the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven books, based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation – Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
Master blogger Ms. Kelly Lacey and I often don’t see eye to eye on books. She has suggested more than once it’s because we are from different continents; I maintain it’s that we just have different personal preferences. Whatever the reason and despite the jokes we share because of it I am at times mistrustful when she highly recommends a book to me (and probably vice versa). On top of that, I don’t generally like to commit to a book series. So when Ms. Lacey told me about Lucinda Riley’s seven book series The Seven Sisters I was not overly enthusiastic.
I will admit, it was the cover that grabbed me. The copy I obtained was a brilliant orange and gold with the Cristo of Rio de Janeiro in the background. Though the cover pulled me in, the first page kept me turning as did every page after. Multiple story lines are introduced, the main one (you realize early on) is each adopted sister’s search for her birth family which will be the main plot of each of the following books in the series. If you don’t think you can hang with the characters for that many books, no worry. The first book wrapped up well with only a slight ongoing mystery teased to be a part of each and every book. There is no cliffhanger ending here forcing you to wait for the next book in the series. If you are like me and Ms. Lacey though, you’ll be seeking book two immediately.
These books promise mystery and magic, history and romance and Ms. Riley’s captivating writing style makes good on that promise.
Review by Kimberly Livingston on behalf of Love Books Group
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