The Seven Sisters 7: The Missing Sister – Lucinda Riley

Happy Saturday friends!

Haha, it is becoming quite ridiculous this tardiness of mine. Why doesn’t the day have more than 24 hours? And who decided that when you got a grownup job your day all of a sudden seems busier than when you were a student? I’m nine months into my grownup life and I’m wondering how it happened…If you have an answer I’d love to hear it!

I finished this book in January and I know I’ve said this before about this book series but this was the best book so far! Now I need it to be May 2023 already so I can read the final book and get some answers! The synopsis is borrowed from Goodreads:

The six D’Aplièse sisters have each been on their own incredible journey to discover their heritage, but they still have one question left unanswered: who and where is the seventh sister?

They only have one clue – an image of a star-shaped emerald ring. The search to find the missing sister will take them across the globe – from New Zealand to Canada, England, France and Ireland – uniting them all in their mission to complete their family at last.

In doing so, they will slowly unearth a story of love, strength and sacrifice that began almost one hundred years ago, as other brave young women risk everything to change the world around them.

I thoroughly enjoyed the perspectives in this book and I know so little, next to nothing really, about the historical events it described. Irish history is something I’ve heard about very briefly about and if I’ve encountered it was during my school years when my young self wasn’t all that interested in political and religious history. When I read historical fiction of this sort, especially if it is a good book, I’m always fascinated by how much research the author must have done in order to get the historical aspects right. Knowing so little about the historical aspects in this book I’m not able to tell what is real and what is made up but I did recognize some of the famous historical names. I’m more familiar with British history from this time period which made it possible for me to pull some threads in that direction but isn’t it weird how we often know more about the British side of things than the Irish? I’m glad it was this part of European history that was chosen as the backdrop for the missing sister. From my limited understanding, I believe the flashback part is done very well and maybe, especially the oldest flashback. To me, this is what really drives the book forward.

These books have all been incredible in their own way but this one had something extra. One thing is the extra historical perspective and another is the extra amount of people. I must say that I am a little surprised by the six sisters who seem so desperate to find the final sister that they somewhat seem to forget what is a normal amount of searching in their hunt for this mysterious ring that Pa Salt has told them about through his lawyer. Their behaviour was on the brink of invasive stalking. If they hadn’t had help I would have called it invasive stalking. Mary Kate Sr, I’ll call her senior since there are two of them, I believe to be my favourite character in this story. She has had a troubled life and she’s done the very best to hide her tracks after she left her home but as always, history has a way of catching up to you. She’s a fascinating character and in my opinion there is a depth to her that I think the other characters lack. Not that the other characters are predictable I just believe that Mary Kate Sr. is more profound and reflected as a character. Otherwise it was fun to revisit the other sisters again and I’m quite curious about where this story is heading since we didn’t get all the answers in this book…

The Missing Sister is my favorite in this series thus far. It will be interesting to see whether or not I’ll be saying that about the next book too. Again, if you haven’t read this series I do highly recommend it. They’re easy historical reads and you get to travel all over the world following the sisters in their search for their heritage.

Published: 2021

Genre: Historical fiction

Theme: Irish history, family, secrets, adoption

– The Book Reader


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