Author(s): Lucinda Riley
The first book in a stunning series from the number one international bestseller"Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered" GraziaTheir 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.MORE PRAISE FOR LUCINDA RILEY"Irish-born Riley is quietly becoming a huge success story" Red"[Lucinda Riley] manipulates the strands of her plot with skill" Independent on Sunday"A captivating read . . . Ideal for a book club" DailyMail.co.uk/Femail
The first book in a stunning series from the number one international bestseller
A brilliant page-turner just soaked in glamour and romance * Daily Mail * Riley is one of the strongest authors in this genre of historical fiction . . . excellent historical detail, heart-wrenching romance, and an engaging mystery -- Historical Novel Society Like the famous statue that brought the lovers together and hovers over Rio today, the story is elegantly sculpted and rich with history -- Library Journal, USA
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel Hothouse Flower (also called The Orchid House) was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Book Club in 2011 and went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. She is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and her books have reached number one in a number of European countries. Her stories are currently translated into 28 languages and published in 38 countries. She lives with her husband and four children in the English countryside and in the South of France.