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The Sun Sister (The Seven Sisters Book 6) – Lucinda Riley

The Sun Sister is the sixth epic story in the Seven Sisters series by the number one international bestseller Lucinda Riley.

To the outside world, Electra d’Apliese seems as though she is the woman who has everything: as one of the world’s top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous. But beneath the veneer, and fuelled by the pressure of the life she leads, Electra’s already tenuous control over her mental state has been rocked by the death of her father, Pa Salt, the elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters as babies from around the globe. Struggling to cope, she turns to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain, and as those around her fear for her health, Electra receives a letter from a complete stranger who claims to be her grandmother . . .

In 1939, Cecily Huntley-Morgan arrives in Kenya from New York to nurse a broken heart. Staying with her godmother, a member of the infamous Happy Valley set, on the shores of beautiful Lake Naivasha, she meets Bill Forsythe, a notorious bachelor and cattle farmer with close connections to the proud Maasai tribe. When disaster strikes and war is imminent, Cecily decides she has no choice but to accept Bill’s proposal. Moving up into the Wanjohi Valley, and with Bill away, Cecily finds herself isolated and alone. Until she discovers a new-born baby abandoned in the woods next to her farmhouse…

Sweeping from the frenetic atmosphere of Manhattan to the magnificent wide-open plains of Africa, The Sun Sister is the sixth instalment in Lucinda Riley’s multi-million selling epic series, The Seven Sisters.

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty five languages and sold twenty-five million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sisters and is inspired by the mythology of the famous star cluster. It has become a global phenomenon, with each book in the series being a No.1 bestseller across the world. The series is currently in development with a major Hollywood production company.

My Review:

Typical.. the one book I was really looking forward to reading is possibly my least favourite in this incredible series, but that doesn’t mean much because it’s only my opinion and I think I was expecting more salacious gossip, celebrity drama and diva tantrums, however thinking back now I’ve finished the book, Electra certainly did provide all that and more.

Once again, I listened to this book on Audible and this is possibly the longest book of the series so far at an eye-watering 26 hours and 14 minutes and I will admit in some places I did think about pressing the fast-forward button a few times as the dual storyline set in the past did drag in places and there was only so many times I could listen to Cecily Huntley-Morgan say “oh my!”.

In the previous 5 books I have found the dual story line as interesting and compelling as the sister’s story set in present day, but this time I just couldn’t connect with the story set in Kenya in 1939 and wasn’t able to feel much empathy towards the central character, but Electra was fascinating and once you got beneath her hard exterior the reader is able to understand why she behaves as she does and hope that she gets a happy ever after like her older sisters.

I was thrilled to see that the final book in the series will be released in May 2021 – The Missing Sister which is the story of Merope.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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