Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley

The Shadow Sister
by Lucinda Riley

Publisher: 528
Pages: Atria Books
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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 her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life...

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

Kritters Thoughts:  The third in the Seven Sisters series and as I said yesterday, I would highly recommend starting at book one.  Although the stories are self contained with each sister getting a book, they completely build on each other and its nice to have background knowledge of the sisters before going into the next book.  I will be reviewing the latest release, book four - The Pearl Sister tomorrow.

I loved that this story took place at the same time as The Storm Sister and that there were hints at the timeline in a few spots.  Ally's story was highlighted in this book, so I am so glad I had the historical knowledge of her full story to see the peeks into it through this story.  

I also loved the many times that sibling relationships were shown in this book.  Brother/sister or sister/sister or brother/brother it was full of sibling relationships and this story showed how hard that can be sometimes because you are family, but of the same generation and fighting for attention and just so interesting!

For me this book had a little bit of frustration in the reading during Flora's sections.  There were too many spots were Flora should have been informed of what was going on and the conversation dropped or things got interrupted, it was just a little too much.  I kept fussing at the book that I was read for Flora and I to find out the details - it felt a little too drawn out.

In the end, I liked this one, but as this is the third book, I am starting to rank the sisters and I liked Ally's story just a bit more!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 8 out of 100

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