Thursday, January 25, 2018

Review: The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

CeCe D’Aplièse has always felt like an outcast. But following the death of her father—the reclusive billionaire affectionately called Pa Salt by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe—she finds herself more alone than ever. With nothing left to lose, CeCe gathers the courage to explore the mystery of her origins. The only clues she holds are a black and white photograph and the name of a female pioneer who once lived in Australia.

One hundred years earlier, Kitty McBride, a Scottish clergyman's daughter, abandons her conservative upbringing to serve as the companion to a wealthy woman traveling from Edinburgh to Adelaide. Her ticket to a new land brings the adventure she has dreamed of… and a love that she never imagined.

When CeCe herself finally reaches the searing heat and dusty plains of the Red Centre of Australia, something deep within her responds to the energy of the area and the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people. As she comes closer to finding the truth of her ancestry, CeCe begins to believe that this untamed, vast continent could offer her something she never thought possible: a sense of belonging, and a home…

I absolutely love this series. 

I have been reading it since the first book came out. I think it is such an interesting concept. The mystery of the sisters' origins and their Pa Salt is just intriguing. Always happy to read anything by Lucinda Riley when I am in the mood for good historical fiction. 

The Pearl Sister continues to shed light on the sisters and their adoptive father. More information is leaked to the reader and an understanding of who CeCe is is achieved. She was hard to figure out in the previous books, with the little info on her and her demeanor towards her sisters. After reading this one, I completely understand why she has been portrayed the way she has. I was left a little confused with her time spent Thailand and how it had to do with her story, however. Her time with Ace didn't feel necessary. I enjoyed reading more of her time in Australia and about the people she meets there.

One thing I really enjoyed is how the sisters' "origin stories" and how they are linked to historical figures. In this case, I had no knowledge of Kitty McBride. I am lacking in Australian history, but enjoyed learning about her and her life in the outback. I did a little research on Google to learn more, as well. 

I cannot wait for the next installment. Still have a few more sisters to learn about!

Praise for The Shadow Sister
Lucinda Riley is one of the strongest authors in this genre of historical fiction. Her ability to weave stories together, using modern-day and historical settings, is top-notch… excellent detail, heart-wrenching romance, and an engaging mystery.”
– Historical Novel Society

Riley’s engaging and mesmerizing story of self-discovery and love, while making the complex tale of the Seven Sisters sufficiently clear, can be perfectly read as a stand-alone… This book will appeal to readers of Edwardian novels and Jane Austen-style fiction. Fans of the series will undoubtedly be pleased with this latest installment in the ‘Seven Sisters’ saga.”
– Library Journal (Starred Review)

Set in the bucolic English countryside, this will appeal to fans of Kristin Hannah, Kate Morton, and Riley’s earlier novels.”
– Booklist

“Engaging… the stakes heighten as Star discovers her true heritage and destiny. Another pleasant jaunt down a genealogical rabbit hole.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“I’ve loved the Seven Sisters series from the start and this is my favorite so far. Riley’s trademark lavish detail, glamorous settings and wonderful characters are all present in this treat of a novel. The perfect curl-up-in-an-armchair read.”
– Daily Mail (UK)

The Shadow Sister really is Lucinda’s best yet. The scope of this series is breathtaking and each book is more captivating than the last.”
 Iona Grey, author of Letters to the Lost

“Wonderful! Absolutely impossible to put down! The Seven Sisters books just keep getting better and better.”
– Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow

“A deliciously twisting plot with clues cleverly paced along the way. I could hardly wait to solve the mystery of Star's origins. Thoroughly addictive storytelling with a moving, emotional heart.”
– Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter’s Wife

Praise for The Storm Sister

“The second installment of Riley’s sweeping series doesn’t disappoint, jumping from present-day Europe to nineteenth-century Norway and back again. Riley’s talent for blending current events with detailed backstories will intrigue historical-fiction readers, while fans of Kristin Hannah and Paulette Giles will appreciate the engrossing and introspective story of belonging, heartache, and acceptance.”
– Booklist

“This is the second in a series about glamorous adopted sisters brought up in a castle on Lake Geneva.… A great page-turner, full of drama and romance.”
– Daily Mail (UK)

The Seven Sisters series has been optioned to be adapted for television by Raffaella de Laurentiis’s company Raffaella Productions. Daughter of legendary filmmaker Dino de Laurentiis, Raffaella has worked as a producer and studio executive in film and television for decades, including well-known projects such as  Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Dragonheart and its sequels.


Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of sixteen novels, including Hothouse Flower and The Seven Sisters. Her books have sold more than ten million copies in over 30 languages. Lucinda divides her time between West Cork, Ireland, and Norfolk, England with her husband and four children. Visit her at

THE PEARL SISTER: Book Four by Lucinda Riley
Atria Hardcover | ISBN: 9781501180033 | On sale: January 23, 2018 | 528 pages | $27.00
eBook: Atria | ISBN: 9781501180057 | On sale: January 23, 2018 | 528 pages | $12.99

Twitter: @lucindariley


Happy Reading!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Happy New Year!

Starting off the year with a recap of all the books I read in 2017. Not bad, but hoping to read more in 2018. 


1. Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah a


3. Because We Are by Ted Oswald
4. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bordain
5. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly


6. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
7. Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
8. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
9. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai


10. The Lost Boy by Camilla Lackberg
11. The Circle by Dave Eggers
12. American Gods by Neil Gaiman


13. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
14. Save Me by Kristyn Kusek Lewis
15. How to Knit a Love Song by Rachael Herron
16. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
17. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng


18. The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
19. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
20. LaRose by Louise Erdich


21. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
22. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
23. The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
24. Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne


25. The Fifth Gospel by Ian Caldwell
26. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld


27. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
28. The X Files: Cold Cases by Joe Harris


29. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling


30. Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King
31. Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
32. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
33. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
34. The October Country by Ray Bradbury
35. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery


36. The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley
37. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
38. The Secret Garden: Tie-in Edition (audio) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
39. The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

Happy Reading!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Quick Audio Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden: Tie-In Edition

Would have given this a five, but it was an abridged version of the book. I didn’t realize it when I purchased in on Audible. It was good at keeping my daughter’s interest. She loved the story. Helena Bonham Carter is the perfect narrator for this classic. It is one of my absolute favorite books. 

Will look forward to reading the unabridged version to her another time. 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

November 18th we celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe it has been seventeen years! Doesn’t seem that long. We celebrated with a stay in Big Sur. One of our favorite places to relax and recharge.

I especially enjoyed sitting outside amongst the redwoods by the fire pit reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s hard not to appreciate how lucky we are to be able to do this.

Anyway, The Goldfinch. I grabbed this book at my brother in law’s this summer when I finished the book I had brought with me to Maine. I started it then and had been reading it off and on for four months. I have had to put it down multiple times to read book group reads, but I kept coming back to it. It’s one of those books that you can put down and pick up weeks later and it’s like you never left.

This book really had everything I love in a story. Well developed characters, a little history (in this case art history), rich language and and story that keeps me interested. I really enjoyed this one.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I'm Back!

It's been almost a year since the last time I posted anything here. It's been a busy year. So busy, that I forgot to post that last one.

 Our house has been under construction, the girl finished kindergarten and is now a big First grader. I am semi-working at the co-op preschool the girl and I attended. We are patiently waiting to get back into our house.

There has been lots of driving, shuttling the girl to and from school and to after school activities. We are sharing a house with four other adults and a 2 year old. It makes for little time and little motivation to find a quiet place to sit down and write.

Anyway, I am still reading. Maybe not as prolifically as I once did, but still a respectable amount. I have missed sharing my thoughts about the books I read, though. So I am going to try and get back to it. May be a little slow winding my groove again, but am going to try. I will also mix in my other current activities and hobbies as I have in the past.

We'll see how it goes.

Happy Reading!

Happy New Year!

I can't believe I haven't posted anything in so long. December was a busy month, though. It has been pretty crazy. We moved out of our house in anticipation of a big reno. We are now 10 miles from school, so there is much more commuting being done than usual. We were also busy with the holidays and travel. 
Anyway, I am still here. Reading. Knitting. Surviving. :)
I will get back to it here at some point...maybe.

(oops. Looks like I forgot to post this back in January)

Happy Reading!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 2016, Berkeley

About the Book

When Charlotte's step-sister goes missing and the women in her investment club start dying, Charlotte joins forces with a private investigator to find answers. Max and Charlotte discover that the investment club is just a front for the women and their activities to right wrongs done against them and other women. 

It looks like someone has discovered them and are now being hunted and killed but who can it be?

A good mystery and a bit of romance, When All the Girls Have Gone was an entertaining read. I enjoyed the suspense, the twist and turns. The romance was believable... A bit quick, but believable. I look forward to reading another book by Krentz. This was the first book of hers I have read but won't be my last. 

I also really love the look of this cover. Don't you?

About the Author

The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print. 

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington. 

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Book Club Reads in 2016

This year's Book Group reads have run the gamut from Sci Fi to classics to popular fiction. We have read it all. Here's a list of all our books this year.

Dead Mountain by Donnie Eichar (Interesting read)
Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell (slow, but great imagery of the horrors in war)
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (my favorite)
The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (scary look at our future)
The Best of Connie Willis by Connie Willis (did not read)
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson (enjoyed this non-fiction)
The Dinner by Herman Koch (disturbing, unlikeable characters, good)
Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (dnf)
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore (currently reading)

Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Current Read: When All the Girls Have Gone by Jane Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth...
Look for my review on December 1st.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Current Read: Doctor Sleep

I have been reading some Stephen King this month. Perfect for Halloween. It has been a busy month with school volunteering, and the house remodel, though, so my reading time has been a bit limited. So this book will be going into November. Really enjoying it.

Happy Reading!