The Storm Sister (The Seven Sisters) (Hardcover) by Lucinda Riley

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List Price: £16.99

Hardcover: 704 Pages.

Published: 05 November 2015 by Macmillan

Edition: Main Market

ISBN: 1447288564

EAN: 9781447288565

Review by Anne

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All seemed a bit rushed

The first book in the series set the scene. Six sisters were adopted by a mysterious benefactor whom they call Pa Salt. When he dies they all return to the Swiss island on which they have grown up and receive clues to their birth families. All the sisters are rich and accomplished but not yet successful in love. In the first two books of the series, and I assume this will be an ongoing theme, the story they find out links them to another woman in the past whose story we also read. There are a couple of overarching themes which are revealed slowly as the series progresses - how did Pa Salt die ? and Who is the seventh sister ? This is book two and concerns Ally.

Ally is a professional competitive sailor and also a musician. Her story involves her own love affair with the captain of their boat, Theo, and a past story involving a young Norwegian woman, Anna. Anna has grown up in rural Norway in some poverty but is a talented singer and is taken under the wing of an older man who wants to make her a star. She ends up singing the d├ębut of Peer Gynt by Edvard Greig who also appears in the story. She has a love affair with another musician. Ally's researches into Anna's story also change her life.

I was at a bit of a disadvantage here as I don't know anything at all about Greig or Peer Gynt and there was definitely the assumption by the author that I should know something. It didn't fundamentally spoil the story for me. I also found Anna's story curiously unfinished. We become completely immersed in it and see things both from her point of view and that of the young man whom she loves and then suddenly the story jumps years and the author just fills us in on what has happened. Lots of things never get finished and I felt a bit cheated. I also felt that the relationship between Ally and Theo was all a bit rushed. The format of the story worked well enough but perhaps there was too much plot because things which should have been important were skated over a bit. I also love the way that someone who hasn't played an instrument for a long time is now of a high enough standard to play in a concert !

I felt a bit unsatisfied by the whole book but there was nothing greatly wrong with what I did read. I will give the third one a go but I hope it is stronger.

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