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The sun sister: Electra's story: 6 Paperback – 2 april 2020
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'The Sun Sister is a masterclass in beautiful writing' The Sun
To the outside world, Electra D’Aplièse seems to be the woman with everything: as one of the world’s top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous.
Yet beneath the veneer, Electra’s already tenuous control over her state of mind has been rocked by the death of her father, Pa Salt, the elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from across the globe. Struggling to cope, she turns to alcohol and drugs. As those around her fear for her health, Electra receives a letter from a complete stranger who claims to be her grandmother . . .
In 1939, Cecily Huntley-Morgan arrives in Kenya from New York to nurse a broken heart. Staying with her godmother, a member of the infamous Happy Valley set, on the shores of beautiful Lake Naivasha, she meets Bill Forsythe, a notorious bachelor and cattle farmer with close connections to the proud Maasai tribe. But after a shocking discovery and with war looming, Cecily has few options. Moving up into the Wanjohi Valley, she is isolated and alone. Until she meets a young woman in the woods and makes her a promise that will change the course of her life for ever.
Sweeping from Manhattan to the magnificent wide-open plains of Africa, The Sun Sister is the sixth instalment in Lucinda Riley’s multi-million selling epic series, The Seven Sisters.
‘Heart-wrenching, uplifting and utterly enthralling. The Seven Sisters series is Lucinda Riley at the top of her game: a magical storyteller who creates characters we fall in love with and who stay with us long after we finish reading. Dazzlingly good.’ Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Hunting Party
Over de auteur
Lucinda Riley was born in 1965 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 continue to strike an emotional chord with all cultures around the world. The Seven Sisters series specifically has become a global phenomenon, creating its own genre, and there are plans to create a seven-season TV series.
Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Italian Bancarella prize, The Lovely Books award in Germany, and the Romantic Novel of the Year award. In 2020 she received the Dutch Platinum award for sales over 300,000 copies for a single novel in one year - an award last won by J K Rowling for Harry Potter.
In collaboration with her son Harry Whittaker, she also devised a series of books for children called The Guardian Angels series, based on stories told to her children whenever they were facing a challenging situation. Harry then wrote the books, and they are now being published internationally.
Though she brought up her four children mostly in Norfolk in England, in 2015 she fulfilled her dream of buying a remote farmhouse in West Cork, Ireland, which she always felt was her spiritual home, and indeed this was where her last five books were written.
Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and died on June 11th 2021, surrounded by her family.
- Uitgever : Pan; 1e editie (2 april 2020)
- Taal : Engels
- Paperback : 837 pagina's
- ISBN-10 : 150984015X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509840151
- Leeftijd lezen : 18 jaar en ouder
- Afmetingen : 13 x 5.3 x 19.8 cm
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #2,233 in Boeken (Top 100 in bekijkenBoeken)
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Having just finished ‘The Moon Sister’ I was eager to get my hands on this book, number six in the series. It references some meaty issues like racial prejudice, substance abuse, etc, alongside the historical/geographical backgrounds that she always writes so well. It slowly traces Electra’s heritage between a modern-day backdrop of New York/Europe and a past backdrop of ‘Old New York’ and Kenya in the ‘Happy Valley’ era.
Electra is a distinctive personality, well realised and very different to her sisters, also not quite what I expected having read the other books in the series. I enjoyed getting to know her for the most part and was rooting for her to pull out of her downward spiral. I also loved Cecily, the main character in the ‘past’ storyline, she undergoes a slow-burn character development after she breaks away from the closeted life she has known in America, interesting and believable. The sections set in Kenya were compelling, pulling in all the fascinating historical details of the ‘Happy Valley set’, vividly evoking the wonderful landscapes and highlighting the colonial social structures prevalent at the time.
However, while I enjoyed parts of this book, I found the thing as a whole disappointing. For example, the parts covering Electra’s recovery from her addiction dragged on a bit. It was brave of Lucinda to confront this issue but while most of what’s portrayed is obviously well researched, there was too much of it - unnecessary/ repetitive detail of Electra’s routine at The Ranch, conversations with therapists, conversations with other addicts, conversations with herself, etc, etc. Of course it needed a narrative that didn’t gloss over Electra’s struggles, but I confess I found a lot of it dull and skip-read a fair bit, something I never normally do with an LR book! Also some of the secondary characters were unfortunately two-dimensional, eg Lizzie, Tommy (I actually found Tommy quite creepy) and didn’t add much to the tale. I questioned why so many words were devoted to them, when the’ main’ storyline was complex and intriguing enough already.
The biggest disappointment was the last 100 or so pages. Lucinda always has a ‘tie up the loose ends’ section towards the end of a book which brings things to a conclusion. Usually she pulls off that technique superbly, but the ending here felt uncomfortably shoehorned in and a bit rushed. Although there were some moving moments, there were also too many trite/non-believable/over-convenient endings for various characters.
So a mixed bag for me. I’ll read the last book in the series as I’m invested now and couldn’t bear not to know how the Pa Salt mystery plays out, but I’m hoping for more LR magic next time than I felt I got with this.
after the first 20-30 pages. It didn't need more. Then her 'grandmother' suddenly appears and proceeds to tell Electra (her name) about her family background. The grandmother was not a sympathetic character and I didn't take to her at all. Having said the beginning was overlong, the ending was too short and trite as if she was in a rush to finish it. It would have been so much better if the characters were given just a bit more explanation as to how their stories ended.
It would also have added to the richness of the story and perhaps round things off better if Electra had visited her ancestral home in Kenya. The civil rights aspect of the story got a bit preachy and as always politics doesn't add much.
I'm looking forward to the story about the lost 7th sister and hope Ms Riley returns to the standard of the earlier novels.
I have really enjoyed the other books in the series, as well as Ms Rileys other novels, so I was disappointed like a number of readers seem to be.
The story of Electra draws you in and carries you along into the world of celebrity and addiction.
The book runs a parallel storyline with Cecily's story which I thought really worked and was executed brilliantly.
I would recommend this book and indeed all of Lucinda Riley's books to anyone who loves immersing themselves in a great story.