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The Sun Sister

(The Seven Sisters #6)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  23,963 ratings  ·  1,541 reviews
The Sun Sister is the sixth epic story in the Seven Sisters series by the number one international bestseller Lucinda Riley.

To the outside world, Electra d'Apliese seems as though she is the woman who has everything: as one of the world's top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous. But beneath the veneer, and fuelled by the pressure of the life she leads, Electra's alre
Hardcover, 848 pages
Published October 31st 2019 (first published October 13th 2019)
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I do love this series. The only downside to finishing this is that now I'm all caught up and will have to wait for the final book!

Like CeCe, whose story was told in The Pearl Sister, Electra was a character I disliked in the stories about her other sisters, but grew much fonder of over the course of her own book. She's spoilt, annoying and often simply not very nice, but a lot of that stems her issues with addiction, rather than her being a terrible person. I enjoyed her journey, especially the
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drtbr2
I’ve only read one other book from this series, besides this one, and I need to read them all. This is definitely a chunk of a read and the longest book I’ve read this year, but it’s worth it. The storytelling and characterization pays off, and reading it is an experience I won’t forget.

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted copy.

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Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
I will finish this series but then I am, like, so , totally ( the author’s favourite words) with this writer. She spins a good tale and that’s about it. All the characters are shallow and stupid... I can’t deal with it. I thought the same thing about every single sister- each one just gets more stupid. It’s such a shame really as if more thought was put into the characters instead of the plot then this could for sure be like, so , totally 5 stars.

Did Electra really say - I have recently discove
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I have really enjoyed reading the first five books in The Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley and was delighted to receive an Advanced copy of the sixth book The Sun Sister.
Electra the youngest sister of the d'Aplises family is a successful model, rich and famous with a hedonistic lifestyle. Her hectic days are full of alcohol and drugs and after the death of her adopted father she loses control.
All the d'Apliese sisters have been adopted and Electra has now received a letter from a woman clai
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "The worlds a big place you know…" Stars!

I’ve known that The Sun Sister was going to be a challenge to read ever since we were first introduced to Electra D’Aplièse, back at the beginning of The Seven Sisters series, in that she did not come across as a very likeable person. The closing paragraph of the last book was in her POV, and as much as, as a reader you didn’t know much about her before that, I just had a feeling that her character, and the issues that are given voice at that point wo
Umut Rados
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2020
I don't know how I can express my love for this book. It's been long time I haven't enjoyed an almost 900-page book this much, I almost wished it was 2000 pages.
From the moment I started, I couldn't put this book down. I was thinking of it all the time I wasn't reading, and I didn't realize how fast I flew through these pages.
I loved both Electra and Cecily's development throughout the stories. They were both remarkable characters. I read that Riley took real events and people as a base of thi
Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Was looking much forward to the last book of this series. But unfortunately it was the one I enjoyed the least. Many important parts of the story seemed to be rushed or artificially shortened. Maybe the pressure to bring to book out?
Also, the entire part of drug addiction was hardly researched and the writer seems unable to say more as “she does a line, then does another one and again goes to do a line”. This kept the reader comfortably at a distance of the emotional turmoils of addiction and t
Kerrin P
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tara Cole
The Sun Sister is the sixth book in the acclaimed Seven Sisters series by Lucinda Riley. It is important to read the first book called The Seven Sisters in order to understand the basic premise of the series. I have not read books two through five but was able to follow the sixth book easily.

Series Plotline:
As told in the first book, six infant girls from very diverse backgrounds are adopted by a mysterious billionaire, Mr. d’Aplièse. The girls are cared for by his assistant, Maurine. The sister
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Electra's story!

Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Lucinda Riley has fast become one of my favorite authors and I have really enjoyed her Seven Sisters series. Unfortunately, this one did not work for me. Electra was just not a character that I found myself rooting for. Honestly, I just didn’t like her very much and I thought the journey’s through addiction were both unrealistic and unbelievable. Another aspect of this that just irritated me was the dialogue. It was rough and I think better editing on how Americans talk would’v
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was ok
2 stars! ⭐️⭐️

It absolutely PAINS me to give this book such a low rating. It hurts my heart because this book series has been some of my most enjoyable reading experiences. I have just adored the previous five books detailing where on the map each sister came from. This one, not so much.

In this installment, we meet Electra - the drug addicted supermodel who is so annoying and entitled that it got to the point where I didn’t care where she came from. Between the present day in Manhattan to the ba
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely my favorite in this series to date. The Sun Sister is Electra's story. Electra is the youngest of the group and she is out of control. Although at the top of her game as a successful model, she is strung out on drugs and alcohol and headed for trouble fast. All the other sisters have found their roots through the letters Pa Salt left for them when he died, but Electra hasn't even opened her letter to make any steps towards learning where she came from before Pa Salt adopted he ...more
An extremely poor rendering of black characters. Basic and bad.

When I first started the Seven Sisters series I was immediately uncomfortable and alarm bells started ringing when I noticed that when weaving this 'tapestry' of sisters of different races the author had made the two darkest sisters, Cece (of Australian First Nation descent) and Electra (black) the least pleasant. When you look at the reviews for both The Pearl Sister and this book, The Sun Sister, the oft repeated phrase is that t
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Informative, expressive, and engaging!

The Sun Sister, the sixth instalment in The Seven Sisters series, is set during the 1930s through to 2008 and sweeps you back and forth between the bustling streets of NYC to the beautiful plains of Kenya as Electra, the youngest, most discontent D‘Apliese sets out on a journey with the help of some new friends to overcome her addictions and unravel her parentage.

The prose is sincere and descriptive. The characters are multilayered, vulnerable, and lonely. A
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Electra d'Apliese, the youngest of the six sisters, rocketed to fame when she was discovered in Paris in her teens. Now a highly successful supermodel, she has become quite the party girl, giving in to the lure of drugs and alcohol. She hasn't dealt well with the death of their beloved Pa who had adopted the sisters as babies. As she turns more and more to drugs and alcohol her world begins to spiral out of control. Adding to the stress is a letter from a woman claiming to be her grandmother. El ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I've read all the other books in the series, and usually been frustrated by the hugely detailed "grandparent" story (the actual parents of these girls all get rushed over in about 2 sentences), when I'm more interested in the sisters. This book was different, I found Cecily's story way more interesting, at least until she returned to New York - the reasons for which just didn't seem compelling. Electra's complete change of character after a few weeks in rehab wasn't very convincing, especially h ...more
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

4.5 stars

‘The sun hung low in the still blue sky, casting a stream of golden light onto the strange-looking trees with flat tops.’

The journey of The Sun Sister, which represents Electra’s sojourn to uncover her lineage, forms the sixth issue in The Seven Sisters series, penned by Lucinda Riley. This rather tumultuous journey, which features a highly strung but enigmatic character, takes the reader from the plains of Kenya, through to the bustling streets of
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Sun Sister is the 6th story in the Seven Sisters epic novels. I have read all of them and enjoyed them all.

This is Electra’s story, she is the youngest sister. Electra is a famous model and is living the good life filled with fame and fortune. She lives in New York City.
Electra has many issues including substance abuse.

Like all of the books in this series we travel to a different location to learn of the adopted sisters ancestors stories. Electra’s spans from New York City to the plains of K
Heyland Whittle
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I've just joined goodreads as a member, having used it from time to time as a non-member to get a range of opinions about various books. In the process, I have just realised that it is unhelpful if not ridiculous that members can comment on/rate books that are not even published. This book by Lucinda Riley is a case in point - it is not published until 31st Oct, the author herself posted on social media only two days ago that she had received advance copies.

A few people in the goodreads communi
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Supermodel Electra D’Aplièse is the sixth of the Seven Sisters based on the mythological constellation. Their pa died and left clues to the history of each of his adopted daughters consisting of a letter and global coordinates if she so desired to seek. In 2008 Electra has been wrapped up in love, fame, and addictions before she is confronted by her blood grandmother about her past.

Cecily Huntley-Morgan is at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to celebrate New Year’s Eve with her family. 1938
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think everyone will be over me saying how amazing this series is because, yet again, another fantastic tale in The Seven Sisters series! After reading a few reviews I was worried I wasn’t going to like this one as much purely because Electra is hard to like – spoiled, self-centred etc, but in the end I think this one became my favourite book out of the 6 books! Again I equally loved both stories in the book, past and present. At over 800 pages, this one is a big one, but I read it in a few day ...more
Jeanette Lewis
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is the 6th book from The Seven Sisters series.

Another beautiful book from this series taking the reader to the era of British Colonial rule in Kenya with the history of the past to present day Electra the main character for this read. The descriptions of the beauty, wildlife and terrain of Kenya of that time are mesmerising and it's easy to understand the attraction of the many Brits and others from Europe who made it their home.

The death of their adoptive father brings the six sisters home
Randi Annie Framnes
In #6 of the Seven Sisters Series, the youngest of the sisters we know so far, Electra, faces some serious issues. She deals with major challenges directly or indirectly affecting many, many people all over the world today. We get to follow her as she deals with consequences of lifestyle choices. I felt for her in the description of loneliness in her Park Avenue penthouse apartment and find it understandable that she feels vulnerable and tries to distance herself from everybody in her life. I en ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not familiar with previous books in this series. And what attracted me to this story was the historical background of Africa as I haven’t read many books set there. Unfortunately, the modern day story involving Electra is not something I can relate with.

Electra is a successful model, who struggles with drug and alcohol addictions. She is certainly a strong character, but not a character I could connect with. I’m not a reader of modern day fiction. So that was my problem connecting with her.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I love this series and as much as it pains me to say it, The Sun Sister did not work for me on so many levels. The narration was terrible and Electra sounded robotic. She remains my least favorite of the sisters and I was just not able to connect with her character. I also found her rehab journey to be extremely unrealistic. For me, the dialogue felt forced and unnatural for example Electra not knowing what the projects are after living in NYC for a decade. This would have been 2 stars, but I ac ...more

Discover the locations of The Sun Sister

This is perhaps the most serious and thought-provoking of the whole series so far. The author herself seems to think so given the author note at the end and the length and breadth of the bibliography. For reasons of spoilers, that's all I'm going to say, but this novel does and will make you think.

Electra might seem exotic, dark-skinned and 'different' to those in New York where she lives and works, but as her African heritage comes to light, we learn more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The much anticipated sixth installment of the Seven Sisters series, this one does not disappoint. But it does lead with anticipation. We are all just on the tips of our toes. We have joyfully slogged through this same formula six times, with just one question. Where the hell is Merope? And fill us in on the mystery of Pa Salt and the six famous baby daughters named from the Seven Sisters star constellation, from far flung corners of the earth, who come together at Atlantis.

The story - each insta
The Book Review Café
I absolutely adore this family saga and The Sun Sister is now definitely my favourite book in the series so far. Lucinda Riley takes you on a breathtaking adventure that follows the youngest sister Electra, a famous model, whose hedonistic life style is leading her to dark places. Electra’s story is a complicated one and far more grittier than any of the previous books in the series. Electra’s story was I think the most sweeping and diverse of all the sisters so far, from the heady Kenya Colonia ...more
Jess The Bookworm
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 6th and second last installment in the Seven Sisters series, which follows Electra, the famous model.

Electra has been living a party lifestyle and abusing substances like alcohol and cocaine. As she doesn't want to deal with her many issues she spirals more and more out of control, pushing everyone who loves her away.

Then a lady named Stella arrives telling Electra that she is her grandmother and was sent by her PA before he died. Stella needs to tell her about her ancestry from the
RoseMary Achey
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
My least favorite of the Seven Sisters series. It seems a little trite and not as deep as the other 5 books in the series. Looking forward to Number 7.
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AKA: Lucinda Edmonds
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 thirty million copies worldwide. She is a No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Lucinda’s The Seven Sisters series, which tells the story of adopted sister

Other books in the series

The Seven Sisters (8 books)
  • The Seven Sisters (The Seven Sisters, #1)
  • The Storm Sister (The Seven Sisters #2)
  • The Shadow Sister (The Seven Sisters #3)
  • The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters #4)
  • The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters, #5)
  • The Missing Sister (The Seven Sisters, #7)
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