Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, Atlantis - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies, and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to their true heritage - a clue that takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began.
Eighty years earlier, in the Belle Epoque of Rio 1927, Izabela Bonifacio's father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela - passionate and longing to see the world - convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski's studio and 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.
In this sweeping epic tale of love and loss - the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven books based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation - Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
©2015 Original Material by Lucinda Riley (P)2015 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
i thoroughly enjoyed listening to this rendition. The story had a good plot and kept me wanting more. The narrAtor was sensational her voice conveying any gender age or emotion a great accomplishment a story well told.
I loved the Storm Sister just couldn't stop reading and the readers voice was superb but this story is painful same story as the previous and the reader - I just can't listen to her for too lone she's an absolute bore
Set over various time periods and locations including Geneva, Rio and Paris we learn the unravelling mystery of Maia's birth. The first book in a series of 6 adopted sisters. Lucinda Riley's writing keeps you engrossed. The descriptive scenes and story narrated by Emily Lucienne makes this a most enjoyable listen. Loved the accents. Can't wait for the next instalments. Highly recommend!
Great story and I could stop listening!
Can't wait for book too and hope there will be more.
Just simply brilliant and a fantastic insight into what seems real lives.
"4 Generations of Mystery and Love"
This is the first book in a series that is about 6 sisters that were all adopted by an influential and mysterious man. This book focuses on the oldest daughter, Maia, who travels on a journey to find her heritage and ultimately finds unexpected clues to her family's past. It is a story that spans 4 generations and is a complex, deeply moving tale of love lost and found.
This is a wonderful story and is worth a credit if you want a nice change of pace from other historical romances.
"Another great Luncida Riley book!!"
Again, great book from mrs Riley. And getting concerned as I am running low on listening material from her . Having downloaded "the storm sister " I would love to know what's next, and most importantly, when?
Emily Lucienne did a wonderful job too narrating, and I am looking forward to listen to other books she narrated . ..
"Can't wait for the rest!"
I loved this story. The only downside is that the series is not completely written yet. The mystery that surrounds this family is big, and the characters are so real. As this book focused on Maia, the oldest of the sisters, I can't wait to learn about the others. The author gave us just enough information on them to be sure we come back for more.
Its so hard to pick. I think I have to go with Maia though. While my heart broke for Bel, and Beatrix certainly made a big impression, being along for the ride as Maia's character grew was the highlight for me.
A narrator can make or break an audio book, and she was all around fantastic.
I'm always thinking that I've missed something. Nonetheless, the story is so intriguing, and I love all the characters.
I thoroughly enjoyed the love affair between Isabelle and Laraunt.
The various languages and accents
Can't wait to hear the remaining sisters stories.
"Predictable, stereotypes characters, banal main character"
My subject heading says it all. It wasn't even a good enough story to get lost in the ease of a predictable tale. I never could figure out why the main love interests ever really liked each other. Especially Isabelle. Why did dude man like her? She was so not interesting. She did nothing, she never said anything interesting, she was just pretty. Blah.
"Another Beautiful Book by Lucinda Riley"
After reading The Light Behind the Window, I was hooked on Lucinda Riley. This story definitely did not disappoint. I was intrigued by Belle's story as much as I was by Mya's story. What a beautiful, well-written book. I found myself completely drawn in to the point of forgetting where I was at times. :) I am so looking forward to reading this entire series.
"Such a great writer ....Narration so easy to listen to"
I loved this book and the story is so creative. Lucinda Riley is one of my favorite authors.
"Good story. "
This was a good, but LONG story. Kept my attention, except during the love scenes. The descriptions of the locales were very good. Made me way to go there. The history of the Cristo was new to me. Some of the characters could have been developed more. What happened to the little boy In Paris? I was disappointed that Maia lapsed in to wishy washy behavior at times & lost her spirit. Looking forward to reading the next book.
"Decent story but annoying voice."
I was disappointed in this Lucinda Riley book. A Brazilian/Portugese/English speaker with an Australian accent???
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