The Missing Sister (The Seven Sisters Book 7) – Lucinda Riley

From the Sunday Times number one bestselling author Lucinda Riley, The Missing Sister is the seventh instalment in the multimillion-copy epic series The Seven Sisters.

They’ll search the world to find her.

‘I’ve loved the Seven Sisters from the get-go and this latest in the series is just as great as the rest . . . As ever there’s a brilliant historical subplot’ – Daily Mail

The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister?

They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. The search to find the missing sister will take them across the globe – from New Zealand to Canada, England, France and Ireland – uniting them all in their mission to complete their family at last.

In doing so, they will slowly unearth a story of love, strength and sacrifice that began almost one hundred years ago, as other brave young women risk everything to change the world around them.

My Review:

I only started listening to this incredible series in June 2020, and have devoured each book in chronological order getting to know the six sisters, following their fascinating journeys back to their birth places located all over the world. All the books have been beautifully written, painstakingly researched and a joy to listen to and the D’Aplièse sisters have become an integral part of my audio listening.

When I heard that the “final book” The Missing Sister was being released in May 2021, I immediately pre-ordered it and was so excited when it arrived in my Audio Library on 27th May. Due to other commitments, I wasn’t able to start the book for a week or so, and started listening to it on 10th June.

It was truly wonderful to be reunited with the sisters again, and having following their journeys I felt I knew them all personally, so it was like catching up with old friends.. however the following day the news broke that Lucinda Riley had died following a battle with cancer and even though I didn’t know Lucinda, this shocked me to the core. As a reader and huge fan of Lucinda’s books, this is a dreadful loss to the literary world and my thoughts and love go to all her fans, family and loved ones.

It took me a few days to want to continue listening to The Missing Sister as I wanted to savour each word, knowing these would be her last, and I am so glad I did. Whilst the book is just over 650 pages, this epic series kept me entralled and managed to educate me on Irish history at the same time.

I did know from social media that although this book was meant to be the “final chapter”, that Lucinda has written Pa Salt’s book too and that hopefully will answer all our questions and bring this epic series to a satisfactory conclusion.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

About the author:

Lucinda Riley was born in 1965 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 thirty-seven languages and continue to strike an emotional chord with all cultures around the world. The Seven Sisters series specifically has become a global phenomenon, creating its own genre, and there are plans to create a seven-season TV series.

Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Italian Bancarella prize, The Lovely Books award in Germany, and the Romantic Novel of the Year award. In 2020 she received the Dutch Platinum award for sales over 300,000 copies for a single novel in one year – an award last won by J K Rowling for Harry Potter.

In collaboration with her son Harry Whittaker, she also devised and wrote a series of books for children called ‘The Guardian Angels’ series.

Though she brought up her four children mostly in Norfolk in England, in 2015 she fulfilled her dream of buying a remote farmhouse in West Cork, Ireland, which she always felt was her spiritual home, and indeed this was where her last five books were written.

Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and died on June 11th 2021, surrounded by her family.

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