Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley

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Gathered at their childhood home to mourn their father’s death, Ally D’Aplièse and her five adoptive sisters receive tantalizing clues to their distinct heritages. Ally soon finds herself in Norway where she begins to make sense of her elusive past in the second part of an epic new series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley. 

Olympic hopeful Ally is in the midst of preparations for one of the world’s most challenging yacht races when news of her beloved father’s death shocks the accomplished sailor. Saying goodbye to the love of her life, a man her family knows nothing about, she rushes back to her family home, an enchanting chateau where she and her five sisters—each adopted as infants—were raised on the shores of Lake Geneva. 

When new tragedy strikes on the high seas, pummeling Ally yet again with a terrible and unexpected loss, she turns her back on the water and instead follows her own North Star—an intriguing clue left by her father which leads her to Norway and the promise of unmasking her origins. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of an unfamiliar homeland, Ally begins to unpack the century-old story of a remarkable young woman named Anna Landvik, a talented singer with an astonishing link to composer Edvard Grieg and his celebrated musical accompaniment to Henrik Ibsen’s iconic play “Peer Gynt.”

Lucinda Riley’s captivating story brings together two resilient women—decades apart—weaving their stories into a moving examination of family, love, and identity.

Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Atria Books
Hardcover & eBook; 512 Pages
Series: The Seven Sisters
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
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The Storm Sister is book #2 in Lucinda Riley's Seven Sisters Series, though it isn't necessary at all to read the first book, The Seven Sisters first, I recommend it because it's such a good book.  The chapter bringing all the sisters together is pretty well the same as previous book, just from a different pov.

Taking on a setting I've never read before I was not disappointed.  Norway is one of those places not written in the HF genre much, which just added more charm to this series.  I found The Storm Sister not just educational but entertaining as well.  With the past story beginning in 1875 Norwary it follows the life of young Anna Landvik, from her humble beginnings leading cattle in the northern part of the country, to famous composer Grieg (he is playing on my Ipod as I type this review).

Though I found a few things predictable in this book, I enjoyed the authors descriptive writing, it wasn't hard to imagine and feel the emotion of Ally, Anna and Jens.  This isn't a short read, coming in over 500 pages it is long enough to really get to know the characters and delivers that depth to the plot that I love, making it easy to get lost in the story.  Progressing through the years till current day the author wove a great story with its twist and turns, heartbreak, world wars and romance.  I was able to get to know the plays well, their motives and feel the pain the outcome would bring.

Like I said in my review of The Seven Sisters I think the author has really taken on a major challenge with this series.  So far we have seen Brazil and now Norway, I can't wait to see where Lucinda Riley takes us next.



03_Lucinda RileyLucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel 'Hothouse Flower' (also called 'The Orchid House') was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Bookclub in 2011 and went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. She is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and has topped the bestseller charts in four European countries. In response to demand from her readers, she has recently re-written two books from her early writing career when published under her maiden name Lucinda Edmonds - the books are now being published as 'The Italian Girl' and 'The Angel Tree'.

'The Seven Sisters' is the first of a unique seven book series based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation. Lucinda's books are translated into 28 languages and published in 38 countries. She lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and in the South of France.

For more information visit http://thesevensistersseries.com.

You can connect with Lucinda Riley on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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