Lucinda Riley's The Seven Sisters books in order

Loosely based on the mythology of the star constellation known as the Pleiades (‘The Seven Sisters’), Lucinda Riley’s phenomenal bestselling books bring the sisters into the modern world.

14/10/2019
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Lucinda Riley is the No.1 bestselling author of The Butterfly RoomThe Olive Tree and Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House). Her Seven Sisters series is inspired by the Greek myth of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, who were said to have been turned into the star constellation of the same name.

The series follows seven sisters, and begins as their adoptive father – the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt – dies, they are each given a tantalising clue as to their past. Each book is the story of one of the sisters as they trace their origins all over the world in spellbinding tales of love and loss.

The first book in the series is The Seven Sisters; followed by The Storm Sister which has been nominated for the prestigious Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy, The Shadow SisterThe Pearl SisterThe Moon Sister, and The Sun Sister, which is the latest release, with another book to follow.​

Here, Lucinda gives us an insight into writing the sixth book in the series, The Sun Sister.

In The Sun Sister, we get to know Electra D’Aplièse, the sixth sister in the Seven Sisters series. To the outside world, it appears as if the supermodel Electra has everything: money, beauty and fame. However, after the death of her father, Electra begins to spiral and seeks solace in alcohol and drugs. Then one day, she receives a letter from a woman claiming to be her biological grandmother . . . 

I always knew that writing Electra’s story would present the biggest challenge of my writing career. Besides her ancestors’ story, which takes place during the mid-twentieth century in the United States – a momentous time of change for African Americans – Electra herself is definitely the most complex and difficult of the sisters. And because all my plots are written holistically – I only know where I am beginning and ending the stories – the twists and turns of The Sun Sister have been as shocking and enlightening for me as they have been for Electra. 

Electra discovers that her heritage lies in Kenya and is somehow linked to a woman called Cecily Huntley-Morgan, a New York socialite who finds herself thrown into the heart of Kenya’s decadent ‘Happy Valley’ at the start of World War Two. Doing research in Kenya, and exploring Nairobi and the beautiful nature around Lake Naivasha and the Wanjohi Valley was truly one of the highlights of my life. I’m so excited for my readers to discover with me all that I learnt about the lives of the white settlers of ‘Happy Valley’ in Kenya, their interaction with the noble Maasai clans, and a murder mystery that has remained unsolved for decades . . . 

Never have I found myself so deeply involved or moved as I have been by the bravery, humanity and sheer determination of the incredible people, both past and present, that I have encountered during the writing of Electra’s story. And for those readers who have been looking for clues since Book 1 of the series, The Sun Sister delves even deeper into the mystery of Pa Salt. Many characters from previous books return, including the mysterious Zed Eszu, as Electra discovers where her passions lie and what she is truly capable of . . . 

The Seven Sisters

by Lucinda Riley

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Book one in The Seven Sisters series

Maia D’Aplièse and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told that their beloved adoptive father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died.

Each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.  Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began.

The Storm Sister

by Lucinda Riley

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Book two in The Seven Sisters series

Ally D’Aplièse is about to compete in one of the world’s most perilous yacht races, when she hears the news of her adoptive father’s sudden, mysterious death. Ally decides to head out on the open seas and follow the trail that her father left her, which leads her to the icy beauty of Norway.

The Shadow Sister

by Lucinda Riley

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Book three in The Seven Sisters series

The third spellbinding story in The Seven Sisters series is the story of Star D’Aplièse who follows Pa Salt’s first clue to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and discovers the incredible story of headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol a hundred years earlier.

The Pearl Sister

by Lucinda Riley

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Book four in The Seven Sisters series

CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt, she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone.

In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago . . . 

The Moon Sister

by Lucinda Riley

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Book five in The Seven Sisters series

After the death of her father Tiggy D’Aplièse , trusting her instincts, moves to the remote wilds of Scotland. There she takes a job doing what she loves; caring for animals on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate, employed by the enigmatic and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird.

Her decision alters her future irrevocably when Chilly, an ancient gipsy who has lived for years on the estate, tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense, passed down from her ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home to Granada in Spain ...

The Sun Sister

by Lucinda Riley

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Book six in The Seven Sisters series

Supermodel Electra D’Aplièse appears to have everything; she is beautiful, rich and famous. The death of her adoptive father, Pa Salt, has rocked her fragile state of mind, and she turns to alcohol and drugs. As those close to her worry for her health, she receives a mysterious letter from a woman who claims to be her grandmother . . .

As Electra learns about her family history set in the wide-open plains of Kenya, she battles her inner demons and discovers a cause bigger than herself that is truly worth fighting for…