The Storm Sister

The Storm SisterThe Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley
Series: The Seven Sisters
Genres: Contemporary, Historical
Published by Atria Books on March 22, 2016
Pages: 512

 

About The Storm Sister (from the back cover):
Gathered at their childhood home to mourn their father’s death, Ally D’Aplièse and her five adoptive sisters receive tantalizing clues to their distinct heritages. Ally soon finds herself in Norway where she begins to make sense of her elusive past in the second part of an epic new series by #1 internationally bestselling author Lucinda Riley.

Olympic hopeful Ally is in the midst of preparations for one of the world’s most challenging yacht races when news of her beloved father’s death shocks the accomplished sailor. Saying goodbye to the love of her life, a man her family knows nothing about, she rushes back to her family home, an enchanting chateau where she and her five sisters—each adopted as infants—were raised on the shores of Lake Geneva.

When new tragedy strikes on the high seas, pummeling Ally yet again with a terrible and unexpected loss, she turns her back on the water and instead follows her own North Star—an intriguing clue left by her father which leads her to Norway and the promise of unmasking her origins. Surrounded by the majestic beauty of an unfamiliar homeland, Ally begins to unpack the century-old story of a remarkable young woman named Anna Landvik, a talented singer with an astonishing link to composer Edvard Grieg and his celebrated musical accompaniment to Henrik Ibsen’s iconic play “Peer Gynt.”

Lucinda Riley’s captivating story brings together two resilient women—decades apart—weaving their stories into a moving examination of family, love, and identity.

The Storm Sister – and its series – captivates me on many levels. The dual timeline is presented both seamlessly and creatively, and each story has multiple layers to uncover. As a series, the overarching thread of the sisters and their mysterious adoptive father continued to intrigue me – and new depths and questions were added that have me anxiously waiting for the next installment. (While this book can be read as a standalone, it is best appreciated in the context of the series.)

The Storm Sister – and its series – captivates me on many levels.

Ally’s story will make you ugly cry, not gonna lie.  At least it did me.  Like… full-on sob. Not to mention the other symptoms that go along with an ugly cry. Impossibly large lump of emotion in my throat. Completely unattractive red, puffy eyes.  Lovely nose snuffling.

Ally’s story is so tragic it makes my heart ache to think about it even now.

All kidding aside, Ally’s story is so tragic it makes my heart ache to think about it even now.  But the tragedy leads her to several discoveries that expand her circle of family in more ways than one, and this dimension to her story adds a welcome measure of sweet to the bitter. Seriously, though… make sure you have a copious supply of tissue on hand before you start reading The Storm Sister.  Even with the best of stockpiles, you might still run out. Ugly cry… beautiful story.

Anna’s story – the historical element to the dual timeline – begins with a possibility in the mind of the author. The “ghost singer” in an opera, brought in to sing offstage for the actress onstage who couldn’t carry a tune. While the actress received all the glory, the ghost singer stayed in the shadows. This theme plays out more than once in Anna’s life, making her story nearly as tragic as Ally’s in many ways. Completely captivating and hauntingly sad.

What draws me most to this series however is the thread that weaves through each story and ties them all together.

What draws me most to this series however is the thread that weaves through each story and ties them all together. “Pa Salt” is the mysterious and beneficent father who adopted each of the sisters and named them after the famous constellation. Even as secrets surround his death, (I have my own theories about this… we shall see if they match what Riley has planned) answers to other, long-held, secrets are revealed. The way that each book – at least so far – takes place simultaneously adds both to the air of mystery and the cohesiveness of the series.

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