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The Shadow Sister Audiobook

The Shadow Sister: The Seven Sisters, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

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

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Praise for the author: "What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled." (Katherine Webb)

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    Leonilde Van Munster South Africa 20/12/2016
    Leonilde Van Munster South Africa 20/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth the wait"

    Loved it as much as the first two books. cannot wait for the third book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Norwich, United Kingdom 10/12/2016
    Amazon Customer Norwich, United Kingdom 10/12/2016 Member Since 2013

    ryns kindle

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    "love,"

    I absolutely loved this book, the highs & lows of 'Star'. trying to find herself. Sad that it's now finished

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Glitteringbug 09/12/2016
    Glitteringbug 09/12/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Best so far."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Abbey 13/01/2017
    Abbey 13/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent"

    I have loved every one of the Star Sisters stories. The series is beautifully written and narration is excellent. Very addictive and most enjoyable. cant wait to discover the next sister's past, and future.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Whitstable, United Kingdom 31/12/2016
    Frances Whitstable, United Kingdom 31/12/2016 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Poor narration spoils this audiobook"

    I am a great fan of Lucinda Riley but of all the Seven Sisters books that she has written to date, I found this the least engaging. I found it difficult to warm to the protagonist who never really came alive for me. However, the character of Flora was far more successful and for me, it was she who 'carried' the book along.
    The narrator was very badly chosen, unlike previous narrators in this series. There was practically no differentiation between characters, men and women all sounded alike and her attempts at regional accents were cringe-making. Furthermore, there were some very strange pronunciations.
    I shall look forward to the next book to in the series but I do hope that a different narrator will be chosen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    barbara 30/12/2016
    barbara 30/12/2016
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    "Another brilliant book"

    I loved listening to this book. I have both read and listened to Lucinda Riley 's books many times and always enjoy them. The narrator, Jessica Preddy, was excellent . I am hoping that there will be more books about the seven sisters. I also liked the connection in the story with Beatrix Potter , especially with knowing the area in the Lake District - I really felt that I was there!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. E. Dion UK 07/12/2016
    D. E. Dion UK 07/12/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    love these books. Now have to wait impatiently for the next one .

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    Sue Wrenbury, United Kingdom 06/12/2016
    Sue Wrenbury, United Kingdom 06/12/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "The S hadow Sister "

    I really enjoyed once again the tripping back in time . It made a wonderful story

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    Mrs. Nicola Jemphrey Northern Ireland 30/11/2016
    Mrs. Nicola Jemphrey Northern Ireland 30/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Not as good as the previous two in the series"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 29/11/2016
    Angela 29/11/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "a great continuation of the seven sister's saga"

    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!!

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  • Elizabeth C.
    01/12/16
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    "So disappointing! :("
    Would you try another book from Lucinda Riley and/or Jessica Preddy?

    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.


    What didn’t you like about Jessica Preddy’s performance?

    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.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • lynne m vokatis
    06/12/16
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    "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 .

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Betsy Ramm
    03/12/16
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    "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!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lenoir, NC USA
    20/12/16
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    "Best Book Series I've read in years"

    Lucinda Riley is an expert storyteller. I've been enthralled with the 7 sisters series since day 1 and this installment about Star was perfect. I so appreciate that the author isn't afraid to embrace love and compassion, truth and courage. I will now begin waiting for the next book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allison
    clovis, CA, United States
    19/11/16
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    "Joy, Sorrow, Sacrifice, A Wonderful Emotional Read"
    Any additional comments?

    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!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Peggy
    22/02/17
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    "Best of the series so far"

    I enjoyed this book much more than the other two in the series. I'm not sure why that is, except perhaps that the characters and their specific struggles appealed to me more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • BADancer
    23/12/16
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    "Terrific"

    All things Lucinda Riley are fantastic. I've enjoyed many of her books, and the Seven Sisters and it's follow up of each sister is wonderful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Shoulak
    03/06/17
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    "Excellent"

    I am looking forward to the next book in the Seven Sisters series. Excellent audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.
    Merritt Island, FL, United States
    02/05/17
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    "Good one"

    Another good one in this series. It certainly held my interest. Strong and memorable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imamomof4
    Thurmont, MD, United States
    26/04/17
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    "Shadow Sister = Shadow Character"
    What did you love best about The Shadow Sister?

    The story was interesting primarily because it was related to the other stories about the sisters. The characters in the backstory were far more interesting than Star. Even the characters surrounding Star in "present day" were more vibrant and developed that she was.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Give Star some sort of personality - any personality other than dishrag would've helped me at least care about her fate. And find a better name for the male "love interest" other than "Mouse" It made no sense. And I can't see this Oxford-educated No-nonsense Brit accepting such a silly nickname.


    What about Jessica Preddy’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was O.K. Sometimes the voices were confusing, but overall a good performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happiest when the story returned to the historical narrative. The world and characters of Flora McNichol, Beatrice Potter and Mrs. Keppel were by far the best part of this story. These characters made strong choices in a time when women had few options. On the other hand, Star simply muddled along at everyone's beck and call. And when she finally got a backbone, she ended up lamenting her actions and believing she did something wrong. I also didn't care for the fast and furious denouement of the "mystery" by Orlando. Did Star really have no clue? She was offered a place at Oxford, for heaven's sake. So, it was quite a stretch to believe she was that dense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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