Maia D’Apliese 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, who adopted them all as babies, has died. Each of them is handed a tantalizing clue to her true heritage—a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of her story and its beginnings.
Eighty years earlier in Rio’s Belle Epoque of the 1920s, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into the aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is devising plans for an enormous 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 cafes 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 novels—Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
I've been making myself wait for this read for months. I've had my eye on it since the author revealed that it's partially inspired by the story of the Pleiades. And also Lindsey loves the author so I have reasons to be hopeful.
I have two tour stops for Diann Ducharme's Outer Banks series! I've already finished the first and am starting the second. I don't read a lot of American historical fiction but these two books are really well done.
I also take a stab at the Disney Princess Tag and had a lot of fun with it.
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy is also up for a read this month and I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to it!