The Seven Sisters
by Lucinda Riley
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.
The Seven Sisters is an intriguing story of two similar young women in two different times with an undoubtedly strong link between their stories. Seriously, this book it fantastic!!! It will capture you with it’s honest yearning for the world’s wonders and its original and unique characters.
Maia is the eldest of six adopted sisters and their father has just died, leaving each of them a clue to their true background. This books involves Maia’s (the oldest) journey as she ventures to Brazil to find her true heritage. There, not only does she discover her Brazilian and Italian background but she discovers the meaning of forgiving yourself, falling in love and accepting the fact that the past shapes who you are.
There are two parallel stories that run throughout this novel. The first, obviously being Maia’s and her own adventure of self discovery but also Izabela, her great grandmother and her own issues with an arranged marriage with a man with a high reputation and forbidden love with a talented artist. These two stories collide when their bloodline extricably links them together. Both are extremely fascinating stories and I can undoubtedly reassure you, that this book is captivating for any bibliophile.
This book has a very strong cultural and historical background and it’s so WELL DONE! Its vivid atmosphere of the artistic world of Paris in the 20s is unforgettable and at the same time, Izabela’s romance is as tragic as you can imagine and Maia’s discovery is as intriguing as that romance. The plot line is amazing with the two parallel stories and the pacing is perfect.
I ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK!! Maia is an underrated hero who finds her courage and voice. Izabela’s strong hearted nature and drive will capture your heart. Laurent is 100% swoonworthy – a romantic (and handsome) Parisian artist with a zest for life. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE FIND ME ONE OF THESE?! OH PLEASE!!!
It’s so romantic and whimsical. The story is so addicting, the atmosphere is so vivid, anyone who is a fan of any Colin Firth film will absolutely adore this book!!!