When their father dies, Star D'Aplièse and her six sisters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world, are left with few clues to their heritage. But Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow her first clue, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world....
©2016 Lucinda Riley (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
Praise for the author: "What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled." (Katherine Webb)
This has been my favourite of the Severn sisters books. The narrator was good and was pleased that this time she didn't use a French accent for star all time. Now it's the long wait for the next instalment.
I am wondering if Lucinda Riley has been too ambitious in trying to write a seven book series about the same family. This particular story seemed even more far-fetched than the previous two but the thing I disliked most about it was that many of the characters seemed to change personality according to the demands of the plot; also that some of them were caricatures rather than real people. The narration was very stilted for much of the time, the narrator not seeming to have the ability to look ahead in a particular sentence to see what is coming next, and some of her accents were painful to listen to, in particular the Cockney and Scottish ones. I think I might have given up on this book were it not for the fact that I am intrigued by how the stories will finally fit together, whether Pa Salt is still alive and who he really is, and the identity of the seventh sister. Perhaps Lucinda Riley should concentrate on writing a quality fourth book in the series rather than dividing her attention between different writing projects.
Upon finishing I cannot wait for the next novel! I learned so much about British history too - at least the places mentioned are easier to visit than the first two stories!!
"Joy, Sorrow, Sacrifice, A Wonderful Emotional Read"
So far, I have greatly enjoyed The Seven Sisters series. I have been anticipating this story since the moment we were introduced to Star in the first book. Lucinda Riley exceeded my expectations, giving us a story packed with emotion.
The story starts with Star, who is realizing she needs to step out of the shadow of her sister and be her own person. I think the way Ms. Riley did this was perfect for Star's personality (through, truthfully, at times, I wanted Star to shout at her sister and tell her off - though that wouldn't have been Star at all).
Then we learn Flora's story, and I loved many of the parallels between her and Star and at times felt so involved with Flora's story I felt nervous for her! Her story was so satisfying.
I think one of my favorite things about this story is the growth of the characters Star and Mouse. They really grow and change throughout the story and have such depth.
I would say that there is really not as much romance in this book as the previous two, it's more on the periphery (for Star, at least). This isn't a bad thing at all, though I'd have to say my only complaint is feeling like Star's story ended a bit soon. I would have liked to see an epilogue, but perhaps as the other stories move forward we can learn more of how her story ends.
Also, we have a couple more instances of them seeing a person who looks mysteriously like a certain person (no spoilers here!). I can't wait to find out more of this mystery!
Overall, this is one of my favorite books of Ms. Riley's so far and will for sure be listening again. Jessica Preddy does an excellent job with the voices and accents and she's a real pleasure to listen to. I intend to look for more books narrated by her!
"The best in the series yet"
I loved this book so much ! Lucinda Riley did amazing job and and relatively new narrator Jessica Preddy was divine I loved her ! I loved this book and as well as the other too but I love England and the time period and it was so well written I didn't want it to end . It was different than the other too with out giving spoiler alerts it was just exquisite. Really Lucinda well done Bravo from across the pond . Someday I will visit all those lovely places . And Jessica I hope to hear your voice on some lovely books your voice was spot on and perfect .
"I love this series!"
Ms. Riley doesn't disappoint. Star's story is wonderful. She can't write these books fast enough.
This narrator is MUCH better, thank you!!
"So disappointing! :("
I am a huge fan of Lucinda Riley, this however was not her best in my humble opinion. I understand that Star is subdued and quiet but I found her pretty boring. Everyone seems to go out of their way to enthusiastically support her and be there for her, but I'm not sure why. I didn't find her very appealing and it was therefore hard to stay interested in her story.
The first two in this series were so fun to follow and explore with the characters. With Star I just felt like she needs to hear her own voice and be with herself. Since she's fallen in love with Mouse (I cannot get used to calling a grown man "Mouse") she will just end up falling into the same co-dependant weirdness with him as she had with her sister. So I wasn't even that happy for her when things began to solidify with him.
The narrator didn't have a male voice so I got confused often as to who was talking. There wasn't enough definition between accents and voices. Beyond that, Star and she sister Cici seemed to have a part French part German accent. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but I found it peculiar.
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