The Shadow Sister: The Seven Sisters, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When their father dies, Star D'Aplièse and her six sisters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world, are left with few clues to their heritage. But Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow her first clue, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world....
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 36 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 17, 2016|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #9,193 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#18 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#251 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Books)
#296 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Star had always lived in the shadow of her sister CeCe. CeCe would do the talking for both of them. She did her utmost to protect Star from everyone, even her own family. They were always together and even had their own sign language when they were little. When they grew up, they traveled together all over the world. Upon the death of their Father, CeCe decided to buy a condo in London and attend art school. She knew Star was tired of traveling and wanted to settle down, so she made it easy for her. What she didn’t take into consideration was what kind of home Star wanted and where. The condo fit CeCe’s style; but except for the kitchen, didn’t meet Star’s needs. The fact that CeCe had planned on them sleeping in the same bedroom still was a telling factor. Star needed her own space while CeCe still had nightmares and needed the assurance of Star’s presence. However, Star kept her own opinions and feelings to herself.
Star had a clue to her own past that led her to Arthur Morston Books where she was to ask about Flora MacNichol. Finding the bookstore wasn’t a problem; but getting up the nerve to go in was a different story. When she finally did go in, the bookstore felt like home. It was packed with old and new books and smelled musty and bookish. It was dusty and no one was there, although there was a fire going. Finally, a man came down and just as she was getting ready to ask questions, her mobile rang. He apologized but no cell phones were allowed inside the store. Hurriedly, she left and went home. When she got home, she realized she had left her letter from her Father there and called back but there was no answer. The next day, she went back and found her papers. She managed to tell Orlando what she was looking for but when he heard the name Flora MacNichol, he became very evasive and went back upstairs but not before telling her of the connection between Flora and Beatrix Potter. She began looking at one of Potter’s books and he finally came back down. Finally, she was able to get his name and she ended up getting a job at the bookstore as well. She may not find any more about Flora; but at least she finally had a job.
As she worked for Orlando, she began pulling away more and more from CeCe. When she went away for a weekend to visit Orlando’s sister and nephew, CeCe felt the distance becoming even farther apart and didn’t know what to do about it. Meanwhile, Star has a lovely visit at Orlando’s sister’s home and agrees to stay and help take care of Rory while Marguerite went on a business trip. She meets Orlando’s brother, Mouse, and begins to learn a little more about Flora. What is the connection between this family and Flora and Star?
Riley keeps the reader glued to the book as she unravels the story of Flora MacNichol. She goes from the Lakes area of England to London to Biarritz with Royalty and back. Can Star unravel the story as the reader does?
I must say that her life took turns and twists I didn't see coming but like others who have reviewed her books, this one did seem to have a few sections of "fillers" and I felt that Star herself was at times immature and unbelievable.
Riley's writing is easy to ready, it flows, and you do get pulled in to the character, her life, her loves, her heartache but while saying that, some of the twists, turns, past day vs present day involves so many people that you have tendency to get confused and must re- read some sections to get in your mind who is who - or at least I did which is why I gave it only 3 stars .
I still say it was an enjoyable book, worth your time, but I do strongly suggest that if you are planning on reading this series that you do start with book one and move in sequence even though each book is good standing alone.
A wonderful weaving of history including royalty and Beatrix Potter.
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I found Star to be the most enigmatic of the sisters so I was looking forward to reading her story. However, I found this book to be weak, and just a bit too fanciful. Sure the others were too, what with surprise ancestors etc, but this tipped me over the edge a bit with the cameos being thrown into the story here and there. The children referring to the King of England as 'Kingy' was a bit daft.
I found the ease at which everything slid into place for Star a little beyond belief. She finds a beautiful quaint book shop in the center of London, and the owner can't wait to employ her (despite doing little business) and they share fancy restaurant lunches and 'cake at three' everyday. I can't see that happening in any London I know.
I could also see the plot a mile off, so it felt like a bit of a chore to get through this book to get to the point that I knew was coming.
That said, I will still read the rest of the books in the hope they pack a bit more punch, and wait patiently for number 7
The reason I only give this four stars is the complex story of Star's journey to discover her heritage. I kept having to re read parts of the chapters around this to try and make sense of it all and I'm still not sure that I have. There were so many threads woven into her story. Very confusing. Thankfully Star did discover who her mother was and met her but I would have liked more pages about this reunion and impact it would have on Star. This sister of The Seven Sisters was so childlike but carried within her a warmth that was endearing but at the same time almost rescue like. Maybe this was because she herself needed rescuing from her sister Ce Ce. It was good to see her leave her cage and begin to fly.
I am so looking forward to reading Ce Ce's story in The Pearl Sister. I could write so much more about all the characters and connections to Star's story but I won't as it will be important for the reader to discover for themselves.
This is a brilliant epic series. Thank you LC.