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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (15 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491512431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491512432
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,093,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

After ten years as a barrister, Helen Bryan left law to write full time. In 2003, she received the Award of Merit from the Colonial Dames of America for her biography Martha Washington: First Lady of Liberty. Her first work of historical fiction, War Brides, was a bestseller on Amazon. She is also the author of the law handbook Planning Applications and Appeals. Raised in Tennessee and Virginia, she currently resides in London with her family. --This text refers to an alternate MP3 CD edition.


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By ElaineG TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 May 2013
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This book can best be described as an epic historical mystery spanning from the 16th century to the present day. As the product description says, it tells the story of five girls who are taken in by the nuns in Spain and hidden from the Spanish Inquisition. They are then sent to the New World, entrusted with the Order's most treasured possessions to ensure their safety.

I particularly enjoyed the parts of the story in Spain and South America. I was totally lost in the tale, which is rich in detail about the way of life in the convents. In Spain we see them carrying on with their work with the ever present fear of the Inquisition. In South America we see them landing in a strange country, settling down amongst the native Incas and forging a place for themselves and their faith alongside the Inca priests.

I also enjoyed the individual stories of the girls - their backgrounds and how they came to arrive at the convent and what happened to them. Not all of them took Orders and some indeed went on to marry and have families of their own. There are a number of these background stories about the girls, which are all really good, fascinating reads but it could get a bit confusing at times trying to remember what had happened to each girl.

I was not quite so taken with the part of the story set in the present day and Menina. I just didn't quite warm to her, mainly because she just seemed to be "too good to be true". She was supposedly extremely intelligent, but even though the connections between her and the nuns in the story were staring her in the face, she seemed to take an age to start putting two and two together.
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An engaging historical mystery/adventure beginning in the 16th century and reaching all the way through to the present day. Plenty of movement as Helen Bryan spins out her plot to encompass events in both Spain and South America as five young girls attempt to escape a dreadful fate at the hands of the Spanish Inquisition. Their rescuers are a group of Spanish nuns who do everything in their power to deliver the girls safely to a new life in the New World. Helen Bryan sets the scene well and her depiction of life in a 16th century convent was particularly good. Throughout the novel the girls are given plenty of time to develop and we learn a great deal about them. They're solidly written and believable characters and I had no problem bonding with them. By far the better parts of the novel are the historical elements. Once the plot reaches modern times and the solving of 'the mystery' I felt let down. There are too many long reaches, coincidences, and the character of Menina isn't robust enough to carry events forward. For an intelligent woman she really isn't too bright. Helen Bryan provides Menina with such massive clues as to her link with the nuns even I'd worked it out before she did. The big 'reveal' when all the questions are finally answered and the mystery solved is quite interesting but falls a little flat as it's not difficult to work out in advance. To summarise I'd say; The Sisterhood is an uplifting, engaging novel with much to say about the power of women and their ability to survive and endure. Well worth a read if you're a fan of historical fiction.
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This was somewhat confusing, jumps to conclusions and leaves a lot unexplained.

Why has Salome got any special powers? Unlike her half brother she is the child of 2 normal, ordinary humans.

At the start of the book it explains that you need the medal to translate the chronicle, yet when Menina translates it she uses only a Latin phrasebook and her own knowledge of Spanish.

What has the painter got to do with anything?

Antiques change hands all the time, so why does Menina assume that 16th century Salome is her ancestor? We don't know what happened to the medal between the 16th and 21st centuries.

Why did the 2 people following her just stop?

Her ex pursued her to Spain, then stopped. Why? Did the author forget about him?

If wanting to hide the chronicle and it's contents, why commission paintings showing the stories in the chronicle?

This book didn't make much sense.
This is badly thought out and reads like it was written in a bit of a hurry to meet deadlines.
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I have to comment, just to balance the surprisingly positive reviews! This book is poorly conceived, written and edited, and I am not normally one to post overly critical reviews. Such a well worn, clichéd storyline, reading like Barbara Cartland on a bad day. Sorry, but about as bad as I've read in many a year, and you have been warned. Life is too short to read books like this when there are so many great books out there.
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COMPELLING READING.A JOURNEY THROUGH THE CENTURIES,MYSTERIOUS & ROMANTIC.NOT A SUBJECT MATTER I WOULD NORMALLY READ.WOULD WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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This book wsas interesting because it was 'something different'. The journey through the ages and the sometimes unexpected links holds the attention and it has a satisfactory ending.
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