The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters Book 5) – Lucinda Riley

From New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley, The Moon Sister transports you to the grandeur of the remote Scottish Highlands and the gypsy caves of Granada, just as Spain descends into civil war, interweaving the stories of two women searching for their destinies, at the risk of potentially losing their chance at love.

Tiggy D’Aplièse spends her days experiencing the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands doing a job she loves at a deer sanctuary. But when the sanctuary is forced to close, she is offered a job as a wildlife consultant on the vast and isolated estate of the elusive and troubled laird, Charlie Kinnaird. She has no idea that the move will not only irrevocably alter her future, but also bring her face-to-face with her past.

At the estate, she meets Chilly, a gypsy who fled from Spain seventy years before. He tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home…

In 1912, in the poor gypsy community outside the city walls of Granada, Lucía Amaya-Albaycin is born. Destined to be the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation—and named La Candela, due to the inner flame that burns through her when she dances— Lucía is whisked away by her ambitious and talented guitarist father at the tender age of ten to dance in the flamenco bars of Barcelona. Her mother is devastated by the loss of her daughter and as civil war threatens in Spain, tragedy strikes the rest of her family. Now in Madrid, Lucía and her troupe of dancers are forced to flee for their lives, their journey taking them far across the water to South America and eventually, to North America and New York—Lucía’s long-held dream. But to pursue it, she must choose between her passion for her career and the man she adores. The Moon Sister follows these two women on their journey to discover their true futures—but at the risk of potentially losing the men they had hoped to build futures with.

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:

This is the fifth book in the epic series The Seven Sisters and as with the previous books in this series I listened to this via Audible.

The Moon Sister features Tiggy, sister #5 and once again the story begins just after Pa Salt’s death. Each adopted sister has been given a clue to their true heritage and Tiggy’s journey takes her to Scotland where she takes a job working for Charlie on his estate in a remote and isolated part of the Scottish Highlands.

Tiggy’s present timeline story delves into her love of animals and her passion for the preservation of wildlife. Whilst there she meets an old gypsy called Chilly who has the gift to see and foretell futures and he is the link to Tiggy’s past.

The second part of the book is based in 1912 in Granada, Spain. With atmospheric settings and wonderous descriptions, the Caves and lives of the gypsy community are brought to life and we follow Maria and her family’s journey from poverty to worldwide fame and wealth as her youngest daughter Lucia becomes the Queen of Flamenco.

It’s probably my least favourite of the books so far, but that is purely because I really didn’t like one of the central characters – Lucía Amaya-Albaycin. However, I can’t wait to listen to Electra’s story next.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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