The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

The Seven Sisters

Dear Reader,

Wow! Where to begin with this truly outstanding book by Lucinda Riley. It is the first in the series of The Seven Sisters which begins with Maia, the oldest of the six sisters Pa Salt adopted and brought to his home in Atlantis. Interestingly he actually never found the seventh sister. After he dies, all of the sisters return to Atlantis and are given a note about where Pa Salt adopted them from and this takes Maia to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have never been to Brazil but the way Lucinda Riley describes it in such detail makes me want to go and see the sites that Maia saw.

As Maia searches for her family history, her findings take her to the Corcovado Mountain where the great Christ the Redeemer statue stands.  She meets author, Floriano, for who she has translated one of his novels and he helps her in her quest. This in turn takes us back in time to the 1920s to meet Izabella Bonifacio, a beautiful young woman who has a fascinating  story to tell including the creation of the statue. Izabella's father has strong aspirations for her to marry into aristocracy. Her friend's father, the architect, Heitor da Silva Costa is working on the statue (Christ the Redeemer) and has to travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabella longs to see the world and she manages to convince her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. It is there in Paris in Paul Landowski's studio where she meets a young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and everything changes for her. Maia discovers this story in the form of letters that were written to Izabella's friend and maid. The story switches back and forth between past and present day.

I adored The Seven Sisters. It was completely absorbing in that I couldn't put it down and both Maia and Izabella's stories were so cleverly told. I cannot wait to read the next installment, The Storm Sister where we meet Ally.



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