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Seven riveting women…

January 24, 2019

I recently took home a rather large book, the first in a series by Lucinda Riley.  These books have been here for some time, but I have never been tempted to read them.  That is until one of our lovely customers came to the counter, in search of another in the series.  Intrigued by how good they found the book, I read the blurb on the back, but was still a little unsure.  Had I browsed the shelves and read the blurb without any recommendation,  I would not have taken it home to read.  But, something was telling me to give it a go, and boy, I’m glad I did.  I read the whole book in a weekend (granted, a nice dose of sunshine helped.  Nothing like reading a good book while soaking up the sun’s rays, good old vitamin D).  Anyhow, I digress…

The series is called the Seven Sisters which is also the title of the first book. Pa Salt, who recently passed away, adopted six daughters from different parts of the world. Their names are loosely based on the star constellation, The Seven Sisters of Pleiades, adding another dimension to this story.  They all lived a privileged and secluded childhood in a beautiful house called “Atlantis” on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland.  Pa Salt passes away, and is apparently buried at sea, before the sisters all had a chance to say goodbye to him.  They all come home to Atlantis, where they discover that Pa Salt has left each of them a clue as to where they came from. 

The first book is based on the first sister – Maia – and her journey to find her past.  This takes her to the city of Rio de Janiro, where she discovers her story, which goes back in time to her great grandmother, Izabela Bonifacio, whose encounter with the famous sculptor Laurent Brouilly, changes her life.  The story gives a fascinating insight into the history of the famous “Christo” statue on the hill in Rio, designed by architect Heitor da Silva Costa.   Actually, it makes me want to go to Rio de Janiro!  I love how books take you away to different places and cultures.  This was a fantastic read, and I look forward to the second book in the series, The Storm Sister.

You may wonder about the series title – The seven sisters – when there are only six adopted sisters.  The seventh sister was never adopted, as Pa Salt claimed he could not find her.  I’Not sure where the series is going with this, as there are currently 5 books in the series, one based on each sister.  I assume there will be another book coming, on the sixth sister, and then maybe another after that, to address the missing seventh sister?  And then there is the overriding question on the identity of Pa Salt, what he did (he was very rich) – and how his story ties in with his adopted daughters.  There are many layers to this story, and anyone who enjoys a good read, combined with a bit of history is sure to love it.

 

Pamela

 

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