Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Shadow Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 3

Synopsis (from Amazon):  In this spellbinding novel, two independent women—separated by a hundred years but linked by forces larger than themselves—discover the secrets of their birth in the spellbinding third book of an epic series by New York Times bestselling author Lucinda Riley.

Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to their true heritage, and Star’s clue leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a new journey.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter. But when circumstances carry her to London, and into the home of one of Edwardian England’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel, she finds herself a pawn in a larger game; forced to choose between passionate love and duty to her family. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman reveals answers Flora has been searching for…

Star’s voyage of discovery takes her deep into Flora’s remarkable story, and into her own past. But the more she uncovers, the more Star begins to question herself, and her place in the world.

Ideal for fans of Downton Abbey and the historical fiction of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah, The Shadow Sister is the “perfect curl-up-in-an-armchair read” (Daily Mail) for anyone who wants to travel through the lush English countryside and explore the lives and loves of the British aristocracy.

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Star is the third sister in the seven sisters. The series is about 6 adopted sisters that are given the chance to learn about their ancestors based a clues their Pa Salt left upon his death.  Star's story takes us to London.  I love London and stories that take place there.  Once again, there are two parallel stories: Star's her journey after the death of Pa Salt (her adoptive father) and into Star's journey into her past and her family.

While I liked Star's journey it didn't keep my attention.  However, Flora's story made me want to keep turning the pages.  It did reminded me of Downtown Abbey (probably the setting).  Flora I think is one of the strongest women in the series so far.  I also enjoyed how the events that took place in Book 1 and 2 were woven into the story.  

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: I have read The Seven Sisters Book 1, The Storm Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 2 and ready to read The Pearl Sister: The Seven Sisters Book 4!

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 and learn more about The Seven Sisters series at


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