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The Seven Sisters Paperback – 6 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; Air Iri OME edition (6 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447275586
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447275589
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (464 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 906,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first book in a stunning series from the number one international bestseller

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Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home of '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.

In this 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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Nov. 2014
Format: Hardcover
The seven sisters of the title are the D'Apliese sisters; there are actually only six of them, so that's the first mystery of this story. These women were all adopted as babies and brought up by the incredibly wealthy Pa Salt, on a beautiful estate in Geneva, Switzerland. Pa Salt has always been something of a mystery, a wealthy single man bringing up six beautiful adopted daughters, with no partner, just his trusted housekeeping staff to assist him. None of the girls really know how Pa Salt made his fortune, but each of them have had a happy and full life, they are loved and they love each other.

The sisters are summoned home when Pa Salt suddenly and unexpectedly dies. Just like his life, Pa's death and the arrangements after it have been precisely organised and each sister is left a letter and a clue to their true heritage. This first story is Maia, the eldest sister's story.

Maia discovers that her roots are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and she travels there to the crumbling mansion that appears to be connected to her. It is in Rio that Maia's story really begins to come together and Lucinda Riley has cleverly weaved Maia's modern day story together with that of her great-grandmother Izabela Bonafacio. Also woven through this incredible novel is the story of how the statue of Christ the Redeemer was constructed, first in pieces in Paris, and then transported by boat to Rio where it was built piece by piece on top of the Corcovado mountain.

The two cities; Paris and Rio are exquisitely drawn, the contrast between these two places is amazing, yet both of them are tantalising, and reading about them made me want to visit both of them.
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Format: Paperback
Every once in a while, I stumble on a spectacular book, one that will become a longtime favourite of mine, one I will gush about over and over and over again. This is one such book.

It is the story of 6 adopted sisters - yes I know the title says that it is seven, but I think that secret will be revealed in a subsequent novel. When their adopted father dies, he summons them to their enchanted castle-like home on the shores of Lake Geneva Switzerland. From there, the sisters will individually embark upon their own stories in future novels. And I love this premise! This first novel is about Maia who travels to Rio de Janiero Brazil to discover the secrets of her roots. There, she will find the love of family, discover the dark secrets of her past, and fall in love, all during the creation of the Christ the Redeemer's statue.

Totally engrossing, completely enchanting, the author peels back the secretive layers of the past, revealing a story so poignant, so compelling, I was hard pressed to put it down. Utterly credible characters literally come to vibrant life. Maia is courageous, kind, and savvy, a true role model of a human being. And there there is the story of Izabel, her ancestor, who has an engrossing past history that is intricately weaved with that of Maia's. The author weaves history and fact and details of the land and culture so expertly that this is indeed a very rich read.

This is definitely a must read book - it will appeal to contemporary readers as well as those who love historical fiction. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment. This is one series I will anxiously await. That's how much I loved this book!
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Format: Hardcover
If you are a Lucinda Riley fan, this book will NOT disappoint. If you've never read a Lucinda Riley book, this would be a great one to start with. I can't say enough good things about this book. She effortlessly transported me to a different time and place. Every page was savored and when I finished it, I had a post-book depression! I'm left counting the agonizing days until the next book in the series is released.
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I have read many of Lucinda Riley's books in the past, 'The Midnight Rose' being one of my favourites, but 'The Seven Sisters' is on a completely different level and I loved it! It combines Riley's eye for historical detail and vivid characters with the allegorical structure of the Seven Sisters myths, and she has created something completely new and exciting.

Riley has a knack for connecting us to the past and the present so deeply and viscerally, and it is what's drawn me to her previous books. 'The Seven Sisters' is even more ambitious, as it is the first in a series of seven, revolving around the discoveries of six sisters as they are reunited on the event of their adoptive father's death.

This book features Maia, the eldest of the D'Apliese sisters, and as they are given clues to their true origins, she is led on a journey to Brazil to discover more about her ancestry. She is a sensitive and thoughtful character who I really identified with, and I was constantly rooting for her to overcome her difficult past and to make the right decisions. Through Maia's research into her heritage, we are led back in time to meet Izabela, a young woman living in Rio de Janeiro in the 1920s, a decade marked by great change and upheaval. The detailed historical research is amazing, and it really brought the 1920s alive for me, as we follow Izabela from Rio to Paris. She tries to negotiate with her sense of love and duty as she meets the young French sculptor Laurent, and becomes more deeply involved with the creation of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue, which still stands over Rio today.

All of the locations in the book were genuine and evocative, and it made me want to travel to them immediately.
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