The Pearl Sister: The Seven Sisters, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Following the death of her father, CeCe D'Aplièse finds herself at breaking point. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over 100 years ago. When CeCe finally reaches the Red Centre of Australia, she begins the search for her past. With help from those she meets on her journey, CeCe begins to believe that this wild, vast continent could offer her a sense of belonging.
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|Listening Length||19 hours and 55 minutes|
|Narrator||Stephanie Racine, Rehanna MacDonald|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 02, 2017|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #12,310 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#150 in Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#391 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#655 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on November 2, 2017
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After Star left for her life with Mouse and Rory, CeCe found herself adrift and somewhat angry. She had protected Star all their lives because Star wouldn’t talk or couldn’t get the right words out. What CeCe hadn’t realized, was how much she had been helped and protected by Star from her dyslexia. She knew she had relied on Star for her school papers and things like that; but to now be completely on her own without Star to interpret, she began to see that she might have been overprotective of Star for her own benefit not Star’s. However, they were both off finding their own lives. CeCe’s was leading her to Thailand and possibly Australia.
In Thailand, she had not taken into account the holiday and found herself without a room. She ended up sleeping in a cave on a private beach when she was caught by security guards. They were dragging her out when Ace, a man she had met earlier on the beach, stepped in. He offered her a room in the house he was staying in. She ended up staying with him for a week, sleeping in his spare room and sharing his dinners. They were getting to know each other or as much as he would expose of himself. He kept his story to himself except for his boyhood in Thailand. He was very secretive and careful that no one knew where he was staying. However, a nosy reporter located him and managed to get hold of a picture of Ace and CeCe. Since CeCe had left early that morning after giving Ace a copy of the photos which the security guard had had developed for her, he assumes she had betrayed him. CeCe knew nothing of this until she finally arrived in Australia to find she had been associating with a wanted man.
Since there is nothing she can do for Ace, CeCe continues her search for her biological family. Ace had started her journey by reading her a book about Kitty Mercer and she manages to continue the story via a CD of her life. Although her life was interesting, the connection between Kitty and CeCe still alludes her. Can she find out?
The only downside to this book was an egregious editing error, which was a surprise as one of the many things I like about this series is the lack of same. Kitty's maiden name is McBride; however, when her half-brother turns up, she wonders who this person could be with a name "the same as hers." His last name is not McBride, but Mackenzie. That error aside, I highly recommend this read. I am looking forward to the others and the solving of the PaSalt mystery!
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I didn’t expect to like CeCe but I was wrong.
She has her frailties and lack of self belief which all becomes very apparent in the story.
Personally I didn’t like the relationship development between Kitty and her husband’s brother. For me that’s forbidden territory but I guess it added significantly to the story.
What I like about the book and development of CeCe’s character is that, like the previous books in the series, it’s left open for our imagination to think what we would like to think, lots remains unanswered.
The story again is very well crafted with a wonderfully expert link to the past and the story around those forbearers.
There are still unanswered questions as to why these girls were adopted and how come the adopting dad was on the spot at the time. Also who is he and how did he make his money? Is he really dead?
Why was there no seventh sister? I doubt we will get answers.
The fifth sister, Tiggy, is next and I really don’t know what to expect as not much of her personality has been unveiled so far.
I thought CeCe was a really interesting character in this series so far. In the previous books, she comes across as fairly unlikeable and a real hinderance to her sister, Star. Coming into this book, I wasn’t sure if I would want to like CeCe. Discovering more about her, and why she comes across the way she does, was one of my favourite character ARCs out of the entire series. CeCe is an artist in her bones, but drops out of her course in London and isn’t sure who she is. Discovering her connection to Australia and the culture of the Aboriginal people awakens a renewed sense of purpose in her and brings art back to into her life, and allows her to carve a new life out for herself in the process. The way that the author describes her feelings that she is unable to find the words for, and emotions that she is sure other people feel but aren’t quite there for her was powerful and incredibly interesting.
In the past narrative, we have Kitty’s story, which was one of my favourites! Leaving behind her strict life in Scotland for a brutal and scorching Australian town, she is stuck between two brothers who both love her. Choosing based on her head and not her heart, she makes a life for herself in Broom, but tragedy seems to just keep following her around. There are decisions she makes that were definitely frowned upon in terms of both class and gender, so she’s not only brave but an intersectional feminist at a time where it was really hard to be. I obviously thought she rocked! Her ending was also one I had been hoping and praying for, and I loved that she finally got what I wanted for her.
This is truly immersive fiction, and the settings in Thailand and Australia were sometimes idyllic, sometimes wild and absolutely an escape. Starting this series is not something you’ll regret!