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Lucinda Riley (1965–2021)

Author of The Seven Sisters

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Works by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters (2018) 1,247 copies
Hothouse Flower (2012) 830 copies
The Storm Sister (2015) 746 copies
The Shadow Sister (2016) 622 copies
The Pearl Sister (2017) 572 copies
The Light Behind the Window (2012) 556 copies
The Girl on the Cliff (2012) 540 copies
The Moon Sister (2018) 531 copies
The Sun Sister (2019) 499 copies
The Midnight Rose (2013) 462 copies
The Missing Sister (2021) 402 copies
The Love Letter (2018) 355 copies
The Angel Tree (2015) 278 copies
The Olive Tree (2016) 266 copies
Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt (2022) 244 copies
The Murders at Fleat House (2022) 234 copies
The Butterfly Room (2019) 231 copies
The Italian Girl (1996) 226 copies
Lovers and Players (1992) 9 copies
Hidden Beauty (1994) 6 copies
Losing You (1999) 4 copies
La maison de l'Orchidée (2022) 3 copies
Morte no internato (2022) 3 copies
Emma en het kerstengeltje (2021) 2 copies
Bill and the Dream Angel (2020) 2 copies
Oliivipuu (2021) 2 copies
Covergirl (1995) 2 copies
Enchanted (1994) 2 copies
Den italienska flickan (2023) 2 copies
Orkideatarha (2022) 1 copy
Seeing Double (2000) 1 copy
Playing with Fire (1999) 1 copy
Perhosten huone (2020) 1 copy
Italialainen tyttö (2022) 1 copy
Valo ikkunassa (2023) 1 copy
mala italijanka (2022) 1 copy
Ztrácím tě (2002) 1 copy


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Historical Melodrama

I acknowledge that the author did a lot of research on the history of the location in which the
to follow her heart?
The characters were flat and seemed shallow, especially the sisters. They jet set to their adoptive father's magnificent mansion, never wondering where the money comes from. When he dies they each experience an existential crisis, hence the series, each set in an "exotic location."
I'm getting off the train here.
Chrissylou62 | 54 other reviews | Apr 11, 2024 |
The Seven Sisters is a dual timeline historical romance by Northern Irish author Lucinda Riley. It is the first of a series involving the adopted daughters of entrepreneur and sailor Pa Salt, all named after the stars in the constellation Pleiades. The first book tells the story of the eldest daughter Maia D’Apliése and her journey to discover her roots after Pa Salt passes away. Maia travels from their home Atlantis, on the banks of Lake Geneva, to Rio de Janeiro, and works with historian Floriano to discover her connection to prominent Brazilian family the Aires Cabrals.

The story shifts between the contemporary timeline and the 1920s in Brazil and Paris. Heiress of “new money” from the coffee plantations, Izabella Bonifacio, is promised in marriage to Gustavo Aires Cabral but takes a trip to Europe before the marriage. Here she spends time in Montparnasse with Heitor da Silva Costa, the architect working on the Christ the Redeemer statue, and meets handsome sculptor Laurent Brouilly.

Generally I prefer the earlier timeline in historical fiction but I found the relationship between Laurent and Izabella irritating in the extreme. This is basically my least favourite romance trope: beautiful unavailable woman meets playboy, who is instantly converted to loyal boyfriend material, and after she leaves struggles to find comfort from the other women visiting his bed, because he has all these feelings, poor thing. Give me a break. Then there is the fiancé Gustavo whose character seems to do a 180 degree turn when convenient for the plot.

The contemporary romance was more promising as it at least had more of a slow burn feeling to it, even if the hero was somewhat controlling and the heroine a jellyfish. Other reviewers have commented on the improbability of the premise: a single man adopting six baby girls. This doesn’t bother me, as it’s fiction peeps and the story is clearly set up with mythological overtones with the Seven Sisters legend and the coordinates of their birthplaces. My last gripe is the sisters. Although this story was engaging, none of the other sisters were portrayed in a particularly positive light and I’m unsure if I want to continue and read about any of them. 3.5 stars for me.
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mimbza | 54 other reviews | Apr 9, 2024 |
This is the fifth book in The Seven Sisters series by Northern Irish author Lucinda Riley, featuring the adopted daughters of Pa Salt, each named after one of the stars in the Pleiades. This is Tiggy’s story (Taygete) and shifts between her life on the Kinnaird estate in the Scottish highlands and the story of her Gitano (gypsy) ancestors in Spain.

Tiggy is an animal conservationist and delighted to be working in Scotland rehoming wild cats. Everything changes when she meets Chilli, an ancient gypsy living on the estate who believes he is to send her home to Sacromonte, Granada, to meet her family. Given the awkward situation she finds herself in feeling a strong attraction for her boss, the Laird of Kinnaird, Charlie, and pursued by persistent millionaire Zed, she decides to do just this.

In Granada, she discovers the story of the Gitanos living in caves built into the slopes of Cerro de San Miguel on the edge of the Camino del Sacromonte. In particular she learns about Lucia Amaya-Albaycin, her grandmother, a famous flamenco dancer. The book shifts back to 1912 to Lucia’s story, which moves from Sacromonte to Barcelona, and through the Spanish Civil War she flees to Portugal, then Argentina and the USA where she pursues her dream of becoming a famous dancer.

I found both stories interesting and the settings atmospheric, but both also had their irritations. Lucia is a selfish, stubborn and childish character who I wanted to shake at times. Tiggy is constantly referred to as the intuitive one, but with very little evidence to support this in my mind. In Spain she spends a whole 10 days learning to be a Bruja, which apparently transforms her life and gives her both the second sight and healing hands, enough to get her employed by a vet with no qualifications . There are glaring medical errors. Zed is a major part of the story and then this storyline simply evaporates, possibly to recur in the subsequent book. The Spanish Civil War is almost mentioned in passing with very little context. Despite the flaws, the settings and secondary characters such as Annalina, Chilli and Meneque were engaging enough to make it a pleasant read. I’m not entirely sure whether I am committed enough to read any more of the series but I can see that the premise is attractive enough to get readers hooked in for the ride. 3.5 stars
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mimbza | 15 other reviews | Apr 9, 2024 |
An excellent finale to the series. Written by Riley's son following her illness and death. He has been true to her characterisations and even managed to tie up all the threads she created throughout the series. Undoubtedly had a lot of guidance from her and with plenty of notes to follow given that she was aware for a number of years that she had a terminal illness.
ElizabethCromb | 8 other reviews | Apr 7, 2024 |



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