Experience the grandeur of the remote Scottish Highlands and Madrid in this USA TODAY bestselling “beautifully written...magical adventure” (Woman’s World) following two women connected across time and distance as they search for the truth of their place in the world.
Tiggy D’Aplièse spends her days reveling in the raw beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where she works at a deer sanctuary. But when the sanctuary is forced to close, she decides to take a job as a wildlife consultant on the vast estate of the elusive and troubled Charlie Kinnaird. She has no idea that the move will not only irrevocably alter her future, but also bring her face-to-face with her past.
At the estate, she meets Chilly, an elderly Romani man who fled from Spain seventy years earlier. He 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.
Back in 1912, in the poor Romani community outside the city walls of Granada, Lucía Amaya-Albaycin is born. At the tender age of ten, Lucía is whisked away by her ambitious father to dance in the flamenco bars of Barcelona. And while Lucía perfects her skills—eventually becoming the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation—tensions in Spain boil over into civil war, forcing Lucía and her troupe of dancers to flee for their lives. As they travel in search of a safe haven, Lucía’s long-held dream of going to New York may be in grasp. But to pursue it, she must choose between her love for her career and the man she adores.
“A breathtaking adventure brimming with cruelty, tragedy, passion, [and] obsession” (Lancashire Evening Post, UK), The Moon Sister follows these two women on their journey to discover their true destinies—but at the risk of potentially losing the men they had hoped to build futures with.
Riley's riff on the myth of the Pleiades is analogous to a Thomas Kinkade painting: her descriptions create sweet images, but they don't correspond to any recognizable reality. This fairy tale begins in the present-day Scottish Highlands, where Taygete "Tiggy" D'Apli se has taken a position as a wildlife consultant on the Kinnaird estate being restored by Charlie, reluctant laird and unhappily married surgeon. Tiggy has little work to do but feed some captive wildcats and keep up the cottage she shares with a male coworker. She strolls with Charlie, ducks overtures from estate guests, and tends to Chilly, a pensioner. She's preoccupied with the recent death of her adoptive father and hints he's left about her origins. Chilly, a grossly stereotyped "crazy ancient Gypsy," cackles additions to these hints. Pressured to leave Kinnaird by Charlie's jealous wife, Tiggy jets off to Spain to unravel her family mystery, launching flashbacks that detail the romantic histories of her grandmother and mother. It's less a plot than a tapestry of breathless word-pictures about dancing and love and destiny. One such work can be charming, but the planned series's worth may lead to sugar shock.