Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Storm Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 2




Synopsis (from Amazon): Ally D’Apli├Ęse is about to compete in one of the world’s most perilous yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father’s sudden, mysterious death. Rushing back to meet her five sisters at their family home, she discovers that her father—an elusive billionaire affectionately known to his daughters as Pa Salt—has left each of them a tantalizing clue to their true heritage.

But the timing couldn’t be worse: Ally had only recently fallen into a new and deeply passionate love affair, but with her life now turned upside down, she decides to leave the open seas and follow the trail that her father left her, which leads her to the icy beauty of Norway…

There, Ally begins to discover her roots and how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived over a century before and sang in the first performance of Grieg’s iconic music set to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. As Ally learns more about Anna, she also begins to question who her father, Pa Salt, really was—and why is the seventh sister missing?

Following the internationally bestselling novel The Seven Sisters, this novel, “full of drama and romance” (Daily Mail), continues Lucinda Riley’s spellbinding series inspired by the mythology surrounding the famous star constellation.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Storm Sister is the second book in the Seven Sisters series (The Seven Sisters, Book 1 review).  I very much enjoyed the story of Ally and learning about her history.  I can't believe Ally had to go through so much lost.  The second story within The Storm Sister is Ally's history.  The story takes us to Norway to discover Anna and the music of Grieg.  I really like how Lucinda Riley goes back and forth between the two stories.  The stories are so well described you feel like you become part of the stories.  She leaves me wanting more.  


Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I am now reading The Shadow Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 3.





Lucinda Riley is a New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Orchid House and The Seven Sisters series. Her books have sold more than eight million copies in thirty languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com and learn more about The Seven Sisters series at TheSevenSistersSeries.com.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Tell Me More

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Synopsis (from Amazon):  It’s a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that’s just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times bestselling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their essences, showcasing a warm, easy storytelling style. Now, in Tell Me More, she’s back with a deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.

In “I Don’t Know,” Corrigan wrestles to make peace with uncertainty, whether it’s over invitations that never came or a friend’s agonizing infertility. In “No,” she admires her mother’s ability to set boundaries and her liberating willingness to be unpopular. In “Tell Me More,” a facialist named Tish teaches her something important about listening. And in “I Was Wrong,” she comes clean about her disastrous role in a family fight—and explains why saying sorry may not be enough. With refreshing candor, a deep well of empathy, and her signature desire to understand “the thing behind the thing,” Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters to profound observations on love and loss.

With the streetwise, ever-relatable voice that defines Corrigan’s work, Tell Me More is a moving and meaningful take on the power of the right words at the right moment to change everything.




One (or more) Sentence Summary: I absolutely adore all of Kelly's books and stories.  Tell Me More, is no exception.  I loved it so much after reading it, I listened to it on Audible (bonus: as it is read by Kelly herself).  Right from the beginning of the book I connected with Kelly, losing both my mother and a friend, not to mention teen girls, a patient husband and a dog. I was crying one minute and belly laughing the next.  My favorite line is ...Oh well, comes out as mothersf****er!  I am pretty sure my family has heard that come out of my mouth a time or two! I had to share that one with friends and co-workers.  I couldn't stop laughing.

Of course, the tears flowed too and I went through plenty of Kleenex.  For example, I was getting groceries at Meijer's while listening to the chapter where she talks about Liz and her family after Liz's death (holding Liz's daughter during a visit) with tears were rolling down my cheeks.  It didn't help that you can hear the hurt in Kelly's voice.  I didn't even care that I was in the middle of Meijer's or opened an unpaid box of Kleenex....I had to keep listening. I paid for the Kleenex at checkout!

Kelly shares her stories in an heart-felt, honest, frank, non-threatening way.  I realized I am not alone in dealing with these adult issues.  I absolutely loved Tell Me More (remember I read it and than listened to it - if that isn't loving a book, I don't know what is!!).  Buy it today for yourself and for a friend.  You will love it and your friend will thank you!

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, I have read everyone of them to date!  I can't wait for her next book to hit the stores!





Kelly Corrigan has been called “the voice of her generation” by O: The Oprah Magazine and “the poet laureate of the ordinary” by HuffPost. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Middle Place, Lift, and Glitter and Glue. She is also the creative director of The Nantucket Project and host of their conversation series about what matters most. She lives near Oakland, California, with her husband, Edward Lichty, and her daughters, Georgia and Claire.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Seven Sisters




Synopsis (from Amazon): The first book in a major new series from #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley, author of The Midnight Rose—hailed as “an extraordinary story [and] a complex, deeply engaging tale filled with fascinating characters” (Library Journal).


Maia D’Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, “Atlantis”—a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva—having been told that their beloved father, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each sister is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue that takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story.

Eighty years earlier in the Rio of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela—passionate and longing to see the world—convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio and in the heady, vibrant cafes of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.

In this sweeping, epic tale of love and loss—the first in a unique, spellbinding new series—Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talents like never before.



One (or more) Sentence Summary: The Seven Sisters is the first book in the series.  There are two stories in one, which didn't take away from either plot.  It left me wanting more as the stories switched.  I really liked how Maia's Pa left all six sisters a clue to their heritage and Maia was the first to take the challenge.  I am excited for the other books to follow and learn about each sister and their family background.  Great story with a new twist I haven't seen before.

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I am listening to the audio book of the second one in the series...The Storm Sister!




Lucinda Riley is a New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, including The Orchid House and The Seven Sisters series. Her books have sold more than eight million copies in thirty languages globally. She was born in Ireland and divides her time between England and West Cork with her husband and four children. Visit her online at LucindaRiley.com and learn more about The Seven Sisters series at TheSevenSistersSeries.com.


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