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The Seven Sisters

(The Seven Sisters #1)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  37,297 ratings  ·  3,330 reviews
Maia D’Apliese 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, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio d ...more
Hardcover, 460 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Atria Books (first published November 6th 2014)
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Sarah Having read the first three books I can say that they work as stand-alones as they all give the necessary bit of introduction that you need at the beg…moreHaving read the first three books I can say that they work as stand-alones as they all give the necessary bit of introduction that you need at the beginning. That being said, I would still recommend starting at the beginning if you think you're going to want to read the whole series - and there are some threads that weave through all books.(less)

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When I began reading The Seven Sisters I had no idea it was to be part of a series.....which is good....and bad.

This first book is not the story of seven sisters, but just one of six adopted female babies who grow up as privileged children (named for constellations) at an amazing island home in Switzerland called Atlantis......and when Pa Salt dies, each of the six grown women are given a private letter with a secret clue to their past.

Maia, an astoundingly beautiful interpreter, who translates

Sandy Lenahan
I guess I'm in the minority on this one because I hated it. I'd pick it up to read then put it down again over and over till finally I tossed it on the bedside table with a disgusted "fugeddaboudit" that would've made my mother-in-law proud (she's from New Yawk). The characters are about as believable as the tooth fairy. The mysterious father who adopted the 6 shallow and very annoying girls right down to the trusted live-in housekeeper with a heart of gold were right out of a bad soap opera. I ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely, loved this novel. Riley did a wonderful job of integrating past and present stories, making every character authentic and believable. I am really excited this is the first in a series and that this story is just beginning. LR is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. 5 stars.
G.S.Lima G.S.Lima
Feb 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was recommended by a friend, but I couldn't push through reading more than 100 pages. It started out well, but I had to stop after reading one implausible scene after another. I shouldn't have read past the part of the book where "Pa Salt" adopts a baby girl and brings her to his island called (what else) Atlantis, leaving her in the care of her guardian before flying off to parts unknown, repeating that five more times for a total of six adopted baby girls. Really? Pa Salt dies sudden ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley is book 1 in the seven sisters series.
It's a different kind of read for me but I really enjoyed it (no I loved it ♥️)
It's a simple story of seven adopted sister's finding out who and where they come from as their rich adoptive father has passed and left them each an envelope with a letter and some coordinates.
Each book is for a different sister, this one is about Maia D'Aplièse the oldest.
It's takes her/you from Switzerland to Rio to Paris and back and of cours
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley was an excellent historical novel, the first in a series of books about six young women who had all been adopted as babies and brought up as sisters.
The girls are devastated when their father dies and they all come home for the funeral. They are all given letters written by their father with clues to their natural parents.
This first book is about Maia the eldest daughter and the story of her search to find her family.
I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait
Deborah Pickstone
Poor, trite writing. The characters spoke to one another as if they barely knew one another (despite being a family); I know this is not impossible but who wants to read it? The plot was improbable and set out several false trails that were never developed or explained. Our heroine was wet and self-pitying. I don't mind chick-lit if the writing is punchy but I won't be reading this writer again. Frankly, my dears, I was bored! But I completed it so as to be sure of my opinion for future referenc ...more
“Remember, even if we can’t see them, those we love are always with us”
----Lucinda Riley

Lucinda Riley, an Irish international best-selling author, have spun a terrific and absolutely stunning saga of six sisters in an all new series of The Seven Sisters. The Seven Sisters is the first book and the story of first/eldest sister, Maia. This is her journey to search for her roots after her adoptive father's death.

Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood hom
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley is the first book in a new series. The rich "Pa Salt" who has six adopted adult daughters, mysteriously added to his single parent family under circumstances unique and never explained to each one, has died. Just as mysteriously, his body has been whisked away and dropped into the ocean in a lead-lined coffin, leaving the grief stricken women who gather at their opulent Swiss lakeside home with no real closure. They are left, however, with trust funds, the loca ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, netgalley
Well...well...well....what an enjoyable ride this was. Lucinda Riley managed to keep me fully engrossed in this tale of the oldest sister, Maia. I loved how the clues were managed and, most importantly, that this series will only rely on telling each sister's story separately. Therefore, you really get to know where each one came from, their past and present story. This one focused on Maia and great-grandmother, Bel. How I loved Bel and her destiny. Her story was a pleasure and, also, painful to ...more
Claire Robinson
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4.5 - Now was the time to discover who I was. Where I came from. And where I belonged. Stars!

The Seven Sisters is a book that you will struggle to put down once you start reading. The co-ordinates on an Armillary Sphere set off a chain of events, which send Maia D’aplise on an adventure of a life time.

Set in the present (2007) the story is begins on Lake Geneva, in Switzerland where Maia and her sisters; Ally, Star, Cece, Tiggy and Electra all meet up at the family home for the reading off their
Anneta K.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overally,this was a good read and definately a page turner,only i felt the book could be 200 pages shorter.There were pages that nothing happened as the story dwelled on the same things over and over again.I think that Belle's story could have covered less pages,all this uneccessary chatter did not add something essential to the main story.However,i enjoyed it despite all the cliches like the pretty rich girl who suffocates in her wealthy environment,the ugly husband and the gorgeous french love ...more
Carmen Blankenship
I hate only being able to give this book a 5 star rating. It would rate it 10 moons if I could. Lucinda Riley's writing is beautiful. I simply don't know what other adjective to use. Pick one. Seamless, whimsical, witty, smart, lyrical, enthralling, enchanting.... see? I simply cannot pick one.

The Seven Sisters is the first installment in an exciting new series based 6 Sisters all adopted by their beloved Pa Salt. They grew up in Switzerland on their very own island. Their mysterious father has
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
For me, this book has a very clear division between enjoyable parts and less enjoyable parts. I loved the historic story of Izabela, but really disliked Maia’s part of the book, especially in the beginning. All the sisters seemed so spoiled and unlikeable. However, I am happy that I managed to get through the first part to get to the historic part, because it was definitely better.
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Lame, lame, lame.
I listened to the audiobook and this may have made it even worse than actually reading it.
I'd like to do a word count and see how many times the words thanks and thank you come up.
And the dialog - wonderful lines like "I'll immortalize you forever" and "I WAS your sister".
And there are going to be 6 more of these?

It only gets two starts because the historical aspect was interesting. I didn't know that about the Christ the Redeemer statue.

On the whole it is pretty predictab
RoseMary Achey
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Clear your calendar before you pick up this book, you won't want to interrupt your reading! Prepare for an engrossing story, interesting characters, engaging dialogue and a superbly timed narrative. The story is fresh and the potential for this new series is ASTRONOMICAL. If The Seven Sisters was a stock, I would say buy it NOW as the rest of the world will soon discovery and want this book.

Sure there are negatives to every book....Could this novel be called deep literary fiction filled with too
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I was a bit hesitant when a friend of mine told me that I had to read this book. It's a big book, in a genre that I don't read that often. I decided I would take it to Kenya and start reading it there in my spare time. I was hooked and I especially like the beginning and ending parts of the book.

A longer review can be found at Bite Into Books

I want to thank Sanne for introducing me to this series! If you ever want to borrow another book, let me know! If you like romance, a bit of mystery, travel
May 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-enjoy
I'm sorry... I read 100 pages of this book and am still waiting for the STORY to begin. Can't continue to force myself through the over-dramatic, slow-paced book.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
I tried so hard to find something to like about this book as it came highly recommended by a friend (I'm sorry Laura, I really tried!), but in the end I found it way too problematic:

Too much suspension of disbelief - I cannot imagine a situation in which a single man could adopt six babies (all girls, no less) and bring them to live at his very private and secluded home without raising a field of red flags with any and all agencies involved. And then all of these six girls grow to adulthood wit
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The seven sisters of the title are the D'Apliese sisters; there are actually only six of them, so that's the first mystery of this story. These women were all adopted as babies and brought up by the incredibly wealthy Pa Salt, on a beautiful estate in Geneva, Switzerland. Pa Salt has always been something of a mystery, a wealthy single man bringing up six beautiful adopted daughters, with no partner, just his trusted housekeeping staff to assist him. None of the girls really know how Pa Salt mad ...more
The Lit Bitch
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel took us to an exotic and beautiful location for a breathtaking story! One of the things that I loved the most was Riley took us to so many different beautiful locations and made us fall in love with each one: Geneva, Paris, London and Brazil….can I globe trot now please?!

The story itself was complex and beautifully constructed layers. Though it was long, I never felt like the story was ‘lengthy’ or ‘unnecessary’.

While it was long, the pages seemed to fly by! Riley has a wonderful way
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mysterious, romantic and tragic. I loved this story and I really enjoyed learning about life in Brazil and facts about the Christ the redeemer statue. Can't wait to read the next two!
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
My Review: This is a book about the power of family. I had read and adored one of Lucinda Riley's previous books, The Midnight Rose, last year so I was eager to read more from this acclaimed historical fiction author. I have to admit that it wasn't until I had finished reading The Seven Sisters that I realized that it is the first book in a seven book series - with each book focusing on a different sister's past. Cool premise but a big commitment from readers.

This first book focuses on Maia's se
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucinda Riley has been a firm favourite author of mine for a few years. I have read one book of hers so far, that being The Light Behind the Window, and it impressed me so much that I put her in my top authors list. However like those rare and amazing moments I wanted to savour her books and so have not read one since. Until now.

I recommended The Light Behind The Window to my nan who I knew would adore it like I did. She asked my opinion on The Seven Sisters series and I admitted I had not read
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Never let your fear decide your destiny.

A lot of people recommended this series to me, and I'm glad I finally got to it. I love the idea of seven adopted sisters from different places trying to track down their heritage using a quote and gps co-ordinates provided by their deceased adoptive father. This reminded me a little bit of the books I used to read when I was younger - easy historical fiction, with an element of romance. Although I don't normally read romance, I still enjoyed this book, w
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
After the sudden death of her adoptive father, Maia is provided clues should she decide to look into her past to discover where she came from. Thus, the story takes us to Brazil during the late 1920s at the time of the building of Christ the Redeemer and the life of the young woman who lives in the shadow of the mountain. Izabela is a beauty, and her father, to secure her a good match in order to raise the status of their immigrant family, uses her outer appearance to his advantage. A trip to Pa ...more
Ashley Daviau
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did, the whole concept is unique and I’ve never read anything quite like it. The idea of the Seven Sisters and the mythology surrounding it is incredibly interesting! I only wish that we had learned more about the mythology, I’m really hoping other books in the series explore it in greater depth. I really enjoyed Maia as a character and I felt incredibly invested in her story and her journey to find her true heritage. It was an incredibly moving stor ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Lucinda Riley in her Author Note says that The Seven Sisters "is loosely based on the mythology of the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades, the well-known constellation next to the famous belt of Orion."

Her cast of characters are the sisters and contain anagrams. And a beautiful armillary sphere plays an important role in the novel as well as the Lucinda Riley's The Seven Sister's Series. When I picked up the book, I had no idea that I was reading book 1 of a series, and, darn it, I'm hooked.

While t
Umut Rados
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2017
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Seven Sisters easily became one of my all time favorites! This book is the first of a 7 book series. There's a wealthy guy (whom the girls call Pa) who adopts 6 girls and names them after the Seven Sisters star galaxy. They live in a mansion in Switzerland and they have a Nanny who looked after them all their lives (Ma). 7th sister is also a mystery, as everybody expected to complete the fleet with t
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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold twenty-five million copies worldwide. She is a No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

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