The first book in a stunning series from the number one international bestseller
"Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered" Grazia
Their future is written in the stars . . .
Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, 'Atlantis' - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, 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 . . .
Eighty years earlier, in the Belle Epoque of Rio, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio's father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela - passionate and longing to see the world - convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski's studio and in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.
In this sweeping epic tale of love and loss - the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven books, based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation - Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We were bewitched by this sweeping tale of love and loss, set in Rio and Paris. It follows our heroine Maia as she hunts for clues about her biological family—and uncovers a passionate Belle Époque romance between her art-loving great-grandparents. Along the way, Maia discovers the role her ancestors played in the building of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue and masters the art of love herself.
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Try and put this one down. So immersive a flawless painter of pictures. Looking forward to discovering more of Lucindas brilliant work.
Highly recommend reading this book.
This is the first book in a set of seven. The book is a wonderful story about an adoptive daughter looking to find her personal history. The author has cleverly woven historical events and tied together events in both Brazil and Europe.
I look forward to reading the following stories in this series.
Couldn't stop reading
Fantastic. Can't wait to read the rest. Have always been fascinated by 'Christ the Redeemer' statue so especially enjoyed.