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Publisher's Summary

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…
©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
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"What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled" (Katherine Webb)
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By Amazon Customer on 12-21-14

Simply charming and exciting

Would you listen to The Seven Sisters again? Why?

Yes. I find there will probably be more clues to pick up as the story will obviously progress. I can't wait for the sequels. Surely there are more to come. The story ended with a clue to the beginning of the next saga. There is still so much to see were the author is going with this. 5 more sisters, Pa-salts past and connection with the girls, SPOILER ALERT- 7th sister.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I had a favorite, they were all intriguing in their own way.

What about Emily Lucienne’s performance did you like?

Very well done. Love the way she is able to speak in the accents and languages that make the stories come alive.

If you could take any character from The Seven Sisters out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Pa-salt. What was he up to?

Any additional comments?

Please don't disappoint. Must know when the sequels can be expected. More, more, more.

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By Sunny Everson on 01-21-15

Who Are You?

It had a slow start, but once it got going, I couldn't put it down. I'm hoping to find the stories about the remainder of the sisters, as this book only delved into the complete story of the eldest. Though fictional, it makes you question who you are and who do you want to be.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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By Frances on 12-08-14

Unanswered questions and misleading title.

What made the experience of listening to The Seven Sisters the most enjoyable?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

As mentioned above, I would have liked to know more about the other sisters.

What about Emily Lucienne’s performance did you like?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably when the heroine's grandmother finally acknowledged her grand daughter.

Any additional comments?

Please, Lucinda Riley, let us have a sequel - or several!

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By Gillian on 01-29-15

Good story but leaves you frustrated

Would you consider the audio edition of The Seven Sisters to be better than the print version?

I always prefer to have audio versions of books these days. I don't have time to read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Anonymous User on 12-06-17

Beautifully written story

What I loved most of all was the way the book was written. The eloquence in which the tale was written and spoken was easy to absorb. However, being adopted myself and having searched and found, there were many things I could relate to but many of the characters emotions, I could not.
I wondered much of the way through if the author had truly grasped the true nature and early desires of an adopted child.

I struggled to understand the ending and was left searching for a final chapter to no avail.

Still, the story was for the most part lovely, informative and I certainly enjoyed the beautiful descriptions relating to PARIS, Geneva and especially Brazil. 👏

Well done!

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By Rebecca on 10-09-16

Love it!

I loved it so much that I've listened to it three times! An interesting story and well read.

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