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The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters) by Lucinda Riley

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List Price: £7.99

 

Paperback: 704 Pages.

Published: 05 April 2018 by Pan

Edition: Main Market

ISBN: 1509840079

EAN: 9781509840076

CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.

In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. There amongst the backpackers, she meets the mysterious Ace, a man as lonely as she is and whom she subsequently realizes has a secret to hide . . .

A hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman, is given the opportunity to travel to Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. In Adelaide, her fate becomes entwined with Mrs McCrombie’s family, including the identical, yet very different, twin brothers: impetuous Drummond, and ambitious Andrew, the heir to a pearling fortune.

When CeCe finally reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. As something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people, her creativity reawakens once more. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home . . .

Reviews

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Great 4th Book in the Series

This is the fourth book in the Seven Sisters series of books. This could be read as a stand alone book but I highly recommend reading all of the others as well.

CeCe is the fourth adopted daughter of the recently deceased Pa Salt. When he died Pa Salt left the sisters enough clues for them to trace their origins and find some birth relations. CeCe's take her to Australia where she traces some contacts with a pearl fishing company. One thread in this book tells the story of CeCe's family up until her birth and the other thread follows CeCe as she travels around Australia & learns the history.

I have very much enjoyed this series of books and this one lives up to the standard set by the previous ones. CeCe is a complex character who has hidden behind her slightly younger adopted sister, Star. As Star starts to build her own life CeCe is feeling very rootless and heads off to trace her family.

I very much enjoyed the historical background to this book. The history of Australia is not something I know a lot about & this book deals with a small part of it very sensitively. This is especially the case in relation to the Aboriginies. The background characters are excellent with clearly defined and strong personalities. There is a smattering of a love interest and also a side story in CeCe's everyday life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My attention was gripped from start to finish. Unfortunately I just need to wait for the fifth book in the series now!

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

 
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