Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters were all adopted as babies. When their father dies each of them are given a clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world…
Rio de Janeiro, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio convinces her father to allow her to accompany him to Europe. There, in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again…
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Unanswered questions and misleading title.
The book was characteristic of Lucinda Riley in that the story was wide ranging geographically and totally captivating in its delineation of character. Her ability to seize local atmosphere and convey local colour is excellent. However, I was disappointed in one respect: the title, The Seven Sisters, lead me to expect that the origins of all the sisters would be revealed in the course of the story, but this was not so. Are there to be sequels? I was left feeling that there was a great deal more to be said. I don't want to spoil anyone's enjoyment by elaborating on this but it would be interesting to read what other listeners thought. An engaging read, nevertheless.
As mentioned above, I would have liked to know more about the other sisters.
It was an absolute joy to have a narrator who could pronounce the French and Portuguese names and references perfectly. So often audiobooks are spoiled by poor pronunciation of foreign terms, which destroys credibility.
Probably when the heroine's grandmother finally acknowledged her grand daughter.
Please, Lucinda Riley, let us have a sequel - or several!
Good story but leaves you frustrated
I always prefer to have audio versions of books these days. I don't have time to read.
I think all the characters were good but, I was always left wanting more out of each of them and none of their stories seemed to have answers to all of the questions that I had in my head.
I found the narration a bit flat. When I first started listening the narrator seemed to be gabbling through the book so I slowed it down on my Kindle...it was a little better then.
I found it very hard to have any emotion because the story lines are dangled in front of you....you get lots of questions in your head and then they just finish unsatisfactorily with the questions still dangling.....my only reaction really was one of annoyance.
Hated the ending, it meant nothing to me. In fact I was very surprised when it ended as I thought there were hours worth of loose ends to tie up and lots of characters that had been mentioned but never explored. I assume, like most of the other reviewers, that there are going to be other stories about the other sisters....an explanation as to who and what the housekeeper was to the adoptee Father....who the adoptee Father actually was...where he came from....why he adopted young girls...why he never married....why he disappeared for long periods of time....what he did when he disappeared....why the Tycoon who committed suicide was on a yacht along side the Father's when he was buried at sea.....why Zed wanted to connect up again.....Too many unanswered questions.......A good book, but could have been so much better.