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The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters) Hardcover – 2 Nov 2017
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This is like going on a fantastic literary holiday - a magical mystery tour of hope and dreams [...] The locations evocative, the descriptions exquisite and the story woven like ribbons through time and history. I was transported to a world of amazement as well as art. (The Book Trail)
Near-700 pages of delicious reading. (Daily Mail)
Spanning continents and decades, this is a well-researched and compelling novel on an epic scale. (Sunday Express)
Every corner of the world has become a thrilling new adventure with master storyteller Lucinda Riley [...] Told through a breath-taking panorama of captivating stories, their fates and fortunes are painted on a broad canvas and all created from a vast sweep of the imagination. (Lancashire Evening Post)
Riley’s meticulous research and attention to detail immerse readers in historical background and bring CeCe and Kitty to life. Fans of Kristin Hannah, Kate Morton, and Riley’s previous novels will adore this. (Booklist)
The Pearl Sisteris absolutely wonderful [...] Lucinda enthrals and mesmerises as she weaves the modern and the historical settings together so finely there's not a crack to be found in either the plot or the pacing. (Random Things Through my Letterbox)
With a mix of Lucinda’s Riley’s talent for capturing the reader’s imagination in yet another spellbinding tale, along with the painstaking historical research at the heart of each novel in the series, Lucinda paints another epic tale of love, loss and discovery. (My Weekly)
The excitement and anticipation of a new novel from Riley for me must be comparable to how the fans of J K Rowling felt each time a new Harry Potter book was released …this series is without the best thing Lucinda has written. (Shaz's Book Blog)
An explosive cocktail for delicate and curious palates. (La Petita Libreria, Spain)
The fourth epic, captivating novel in the bestselling Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley.See all Product description
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Lucinda Riley has been one of my favourite authors since I came across the first book in this series The Seven Sisters and I have gone on since to read all of her books to date and although The Seven Sisters is still my favourite so far, none of her books have been a disappointment which is a huge credit to her writing.
I had this book pre ordered for months and couldn’t wait for publication day which seemed to take forever to come around! I also for the first time in several months took time off from my pile of TBR books that I’m working my way through in exchange for reviews to indulge myself with this book and it was well worth it! (The only other book to deviate me from my pile has been Stephen King’s Sleeping Beauties)
This is CeCe’s story. Up until now CeCe was my least favourite sister and no matter how much I was anticipating this book I wasn’t expecting to become as invested in the story as much as I had been with the others, especially Ally D’Aplièse’s story in book 2, but I was rooting for CeCe just as much about half way in! As she starts to come out of her shell and gain confidence in herself her true character starts to shine.
Having never felt she fitted in anywhere and watching her closest sister Star follow the clues left by their deceased father Pa Salt and discover her identity and new-found love CeCe decides to try to discover her own past with the hope of finding her own place that she belongs.
The story is told from two different view points as well as two different times, CeCe in 2008 and Kitty McBride a hundred years earlier in 1906. And despite the two significantly different periods the story flows effortlessly.
CeCe begins her travels in Krabi, Thailand where she meets Ace, who like herself is lonely and out-of-place. He helps her begin her journey of discovery from the clues left for her by Pa Salt but it soon becomes apparent that Ace has a secret he is hiding.
From Thailand she follows the clues to Sydney in Australia and meets some amazing characters along the way.
1906 Kitty McBride is the daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman that finds herself in Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. And it is in this new Land of Opportunity that she meets twin brothers, Drummond and Andrew, who is the heir to a pearling company. Andrew and Kitty are soon wed and she finds herself living in the isolated town of Broome and her story is also one of self-discovery as well as the trials hardships of living in the Australian outback in a pioneering age.
I loved CeCe but I think I loved Kitty more, she is an inspiration to women of all ages.
As the two women’s stories become entwined the conncection becomes apparent in a brilliant way and although the series still leaves some unanswered questions these women stories are left with a happy ending.
Now comes the extremely long wait for Tiggy’s story and just to warn you, this book leaves her in a place that makes the wait for us even longer!!!
If you havent read the other three books in the series this book will still be good as a stand alone but I can’t recommend reading the others high enough. All four are brilliant in their own rights.
...opens The Pearl Sister, very exotic story of Cece, the fourth sister in The Seven Sister series.
This book is the 4th book of the seven book series inspired by the ancient myth of the Seven Sisters of Pleiades. There's a wealthy man (whom the girls call Pa) who adopts 6 baby girls and names them after the Seven Sisters star galaxy. Maia, the beauty; Ally, the leader; Star, the peacemaker; CeCe, the pragmatist; Tiggy, the nurturer; and Electra, the fireball. They live in a mansion in Switzerland. They have a Nanny who looked after them all their lives (Ma). 7th sister (Merope) is also a mystery, as everybody expected him to complete the fleet with the 7th sister. However, she is missing, and we don't know the reason behind it. One day, Pa dies suddenly of heart attack and leaves different clues to each sister to find their origins.
Each book is a story of one sister trying to find their origins and their adventures while doing that. So, we go back and forth between present day and the past while we learn about their real families. We will have the 7th book tie everything together after reading about the 6 sisters.
This book is the adventure of the 4th sister, Cece, to find her heritage. She is one exotic looking young woman, the artist of the family, and in my opinion the most complex of the sisters so far. She has amber-flecked eyes and skin the colour of dark butterscotch. This gives us clues already that she has a diverse heritage. And eventually, we follow a very interesting story taking place in a land far far away. Cece and Star (The Shadow Sister) joined the family just after one another, and became inseparable since then. Star, being short of her words, Cece finds herself speaking for both of them. She's very extrovert, and maybe too much at times. But, we discover her vulnerable self behind that strong front, and how she struggles to find her self worth.
I will say as little as possible about where and when the story takes place, as I would love everybody to go through the journey and have their own surprises as I did. I would really recommend you to read as little as possible upfront. I enjoyed in every book to discover where the clues take them, as it's a part of the mystery. In this one particularly, I found the events of the past, very thought provoking and interesting to learn about. The writing is very beautiful, very lyrical as it always is with Lucinda Riley. Her books are to immerse yourself in and enjoy the journey, different from a thriller/mystery that you rush for the ending. Here, it's not the destination, but the journey :) So, the length of the books didn't bother me in any of them (they are on average 700 pages each!).
All in all, I loved the book and I would recommend this series to literary fiction lovers for sure.
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