It’s been awhile since I wrote an article or review on my site, for various reasons of work, end of school year madness for three kids, and just plain life, but I’m used to having something on my site almost daily so I hope to be back in the swing of things soon. Happy to be able to post today! Enjoy!
Review, The Seven Sisters~
I’m happy to be back today with a review for an absolutely beautiful book called The Seven Sisters, the first in a series of seven books by New York Times Bestselling Author Lucinda Riley. From the minute I opened the first few pages, I was completely hooked. That doesn’t happen often with me, getting started in the beginning is always the worst for me, but with this book is was like floating through water. From the elegant sentences and verbiage, to the suspenseful mystery surrounding the Switzerland home called Atlantis (which was the family home of six adopted sisters as they grew up), I was compelled to follow the story. It was like torture waiting each day to be able to crack back open the pages.
After their father’s passing, and a mystery unfolds about each of their adoptions and their involvement in being named each by a constellation, this first book moves before the halfway point to showcase the tale of the first sister, Maia, who is the only one who remains living at the family estate. Her travels in search of the meaning behind the clues given to her takes her to the exotic world of Rio, where the Christ statue is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As Maia pieces her story together, the book shifts seamlessly in part two back many decades to when the famous French sculptor, Paul Landowski, and the Brazilian engineer Heitor da Silva Costa, were constructing Christ the Redeemer. As well we meet Izabel Bonafacio and discover how she is connected to Maia, which I don’t really want to give away. Not only then is Rio in the book, but also Paris as Bel travels to Paris and falls in love in the City of Lights. We can feel, smell, and walk the streets of Paris in this book and have a bird’s eye view of how the famous awe-inspiring statue was created as well. However, it’s the same in Rio for me, when we can feel as if we are present due to her descriptions. Yet, I can see the differences in the cities as well as the time periods quite clearly. I can find similarities in Maia and in Izabel’s fully dimensional characters, yet also I can see them as unique women living in different times quite easily. Riley certainly has a knack for clearly constructing characters and time periods to a point that the reader wouldn’t even have to think upon “set” changes, in fact, unless of course they thought after the fact because they were writing a review!
In reading the book, there is so much to garner about living your dreams, broken dreams, redemption, love and loss, and heart break. It’s about breaking traditional norms as a female and even about class structure. It’s about art and how art imitates life, maybe even about how sometimes we sculpt our life and how sometimes it’s sculpted for us. It’s about how people make mistakes, yet can and are redeemed. The foundation of the book is about roots and learning your roots. Is where you come from important? There are many questions I pondered as I read this wonderful absorbing story. In the vein of a lengthy fairytale, it certainly can teach the reader much.
The Seven Sisters is a beautiful, engaging, and engrossing read that carries much within its pages, but as you are reading it’s as if you are enthralled into an ancestral story, one passed down through the ages, and you don’t even stop for a minute and ponder its length or multi-faceted and layered content, you just escape through reading it to something completely new. I absolutely can’t wait for book two, or for the rest in this series, as the mystery is eating away at me! I’ve been swept up romantically with Riley’s lovely writing style and I’m excited to read her future books and her back titles as well.
I highly recommend The Seven Sisters as the summer read this year in this genre or to anyone looking to get lost in a good book. I especially recommend it to women who ask: “what one really good book should I read right now?” I fully enjoyed this book while kicking my feet up at the beach over the weekend. I haven’t a doubt that anyone reading it will fall in love with it and want more. Luckily, there’s more to come. <Fingers crossed it’s soon!!!>
The Seven Sisters, Information and Synopsis~
Series: Book One, The Seven Sisters
Genre: Historical Fiction
Internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley returns with THE SEVEN SISTERS, the first novel in a spellbinding new series (seven books in all) inspired by the ancient myth of the Seven Sisters of Pleiades. THE SEVEN SISTERS takes readers from the shores of Lake Geneva to modern day Rio de Janeiro to bohemian Paris of the 1920s in a sweeping saga of passion, sacrifice, and the enduring power of art.
Upon the death of their wealthy, enigmatic father, Maia D’Apliese and her sisters convene at their family home, a secluded estate on the shores of Lake Geneva. Each of the sisters had been adopted at birth from a different part of the globe. Maia, the eldest, is the first to learn of their adoptive father’s death. Confusion is added to her grief when the sisters — Maia, the beauty; Ally, the leader; Star, the peacemaker; CeCe, the pragmatist; Tiggy, the nurturer; and Electra, the fireball – gather to hear the reading of the will. Their father has left each of his daughters a simple clue about her birthplace.
Until now, Maia has constructed her life so that she does not have to leave the safety of the family nest. But spurred by her father’s final bequest, Maia embarks on a journey to Rio de Janeiro to discover the truth of her origins. In Rio, Maia is accompanied by Floriano Quintelas, a novelist and amateur historian, who is intrigued to discover that Maia is apparently descended from the Aires Cabrals, an aristocratic Portuguese family who have been prominent in the country for the past two centuries. Together, they delve into her complex family history, a quest that is helped by their discovery of the crumbling mansion where an elderly woman – Maia’s biological grandmother — is on the verge of death. When the old woman’s caretaker secretly slips Maia a stack of old letters, an astonishing family history unfolds.
Praise for The Seven Sisters~
“A brilliant page-turner, soaked in glamour and romance.” -The Daily Mail
“Riley launches her most ambitious andexciting writing project to date……a labyrinth of seductive time-switchstories, the enchanting brand of novel writing which has made Riley one of thebest women’s fiction authors on the market… An epic start to an epic series.” -The Lancashire Evening Post
The Seven Sisters for Purchase~
Author Lucinda Riley, Biography~
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and during her childhood traveled extensively abroad, particularly to the Far East to visit her father. Moving to London she became an actress working in film, theatre and television.
Five years ago she designed and built a house on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand, where her father had purchased land many years before. Her passion for history combined with her love of travel, and Thailand in particular, inspired her to write her novel Hothouse Flower, published by Penguin in November 2010.
She currently lives in Norfolk and France with her husband and four children.
More Titles from Lucinda Riley~
The Orchid House
The Lavender Garden
Girl on the Cliff
The Italian Girl
The Midnight Rose
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