The Storm Sister

The Storm Sister

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. Rushing back to meet her five sisters at their family home, she discovers that her father - an elusive billionaire affectionately known to his daughters as Pa Salt - has left each of them a tantalising clue to their ...

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The Storm Sister Reviews

  • Claire Robinson

    4.5 -

    Stars!

    is the second book in Lucinda Riley’s

    series. Having read and enjoyed the first book, I have to say I was eagerly awaiting Ally’s story. But be warned this isn’t a book you pick up and read in a couple of hours, it’s one of those stories that demands you pay attention but at the same time you get lost in its pages.

    We begin in 2007 with Ally discovering the

    4.5 -

    Stars!

    is the second book in Lucinda Riley’s

    series. Having read and enjoyed the first book, I have to say I was eagerly awaiting Ally’s story. But be warned this isn’t a book you pick up and read in a couple of hours, it’s one of those stories that demands you pay attention but at the same time you get lost in its pages.

    We begin in 2007 with Ally discovering the death of her beloved adoptive father, Pa Salt and with her five other adoptive sisters, she returns to their family home, a castle called

    on the shores of Lake Geneva, each of the sisters is due to have their story told, and although the books are all due to start at the same point, each sisters journey to discover more about their true self, and biological family takes them back in time.

    For Ally’s story we step back to Norway 1875, and the story of young mountain girl Anna Landvik, and how from being plucked from obscurity she becomes one of Europe’s most renowned classical singers. As you would expect, the innocence of the inexperienced woman causes more than a few bumps in Anna’s road to singing success, and her life journey takes her across Europe to Leipzig and living in the world of famous composer Edvard Grieg.

    As I said this is a story you get lost in, Ally was a bit of a struggle to get along with at the beginning of the book, but as the story progressed, in the past and in her present you get to understand a little more about her and her motivations, and to say it doesn’t just rain but it pours in relation to the things she has to deal with would be an understatement, Lucinda really did push this character to her limits in relation to her losses and gains in this story.

    The story from the past then picks up again in Leipzig 1936, with Ally traveling herself to Noway and learning about her grandfather Jens Horst Halvorsen who was studying at the Landeskonservatorium der Musik zu Leipzig at that time, anyone with an ounce of historical knowledge will know, just how unpredictable the thirties were in Germany, and especially for people considered a little different. Eventually Jens, also known as Pip, returns to Norway with three Jewish friends believing that they will be safe from the spreading threat of the Reich and more specifically Nazism.

    You go through a whole gamut of emotions in reading this story, it is so richly built, and vividly described that the characters all feel so very real to you as you are reading of their journeys, although set in very different times everything is weaved together so beautifully that it was just a real pleasure to read, three couples, three love stories, set in three very different times.

    ARC generously provided via Netgalley, and it was my pleasure to provide the above honest review.

  • Aditi

    ----Chögyam Trungpa

    Lucinda Riley, an Irish international bestselling author, pens her second book,

    in her series called

    . This soul-touching and engrossing book narrates the story of the second eldest si

    ----Chögyam Trungpa

    Lucinda Riley, an Irish international bestselling author, pens her second book,

    in her series called

    . This soul-touching and engrossing book narrates the story of the second eldest sister, Ally after Maia, who embarks upon a journey to find her original roots after her adoptive father's sudden death.

    Ally D'Aplièse, is the second eldest sister among the six sisters and they were all adopted by a wealthy billionaire, whom they used to call as 'Pa Salt'. They grew up in their adoptive father's palatial home by the shores of Lake Geneva. But Pa Salt is dead now and as per his last dying wish, Ally embarks upon a journey in search of her original roots. But her decision to undertake this journey is on the crossroads as she is in love with the man of her dreams but soon her gravity changes and Norway awaits her arrival with open arms, especially with the story of Anna Landvik and Jens who both took part in a five-act play in verse called

    . Laced with musical historical that took place almost hundred years ago in Norway, Ally's story is simply entrancing and intriguing.

    Although the story is a fictional account of a woman whose roots take her on the high road to Norway where the story again takes us hundred years back in time highlighting the love story between the world's one of the greatest music composers, Jens Halvorsen and the famous singer, Anna Landvik, that is set around in Norway as well as in Germany. Gradually from Jens and Anna's story, it comes down from one generation after another until the last living Halvorsen in the present timeline. Some characters in the book are drawn straight from the pages of the world history, but the stories going in and around their lives are mostly fictional!

    The book is set across so many beautiful countries around the world, from the sky-blue sea in Greece to a country house on a island in Geneva to a backward village in Norway to it's city to another in Germany, the story simply guides the readers through many untrodden as well as beautiful destinations. And each and every location, especially Norway, is vividly painted into the pages of this book by the author.

    The writing style is exquisite that spell-bound me with it's fairy-tale-like essence. The author has unfolded the stories of Ally and Anna strikingly and consecutively, with Anna's story breaking at such vital points that kept me anticipating real hard. The prose is eloquent and evocative that kept me turning the pages of the book till it's very end. Moreover, the articulate and engaging narrative kept me glued till the very last page. The emotional pull in this book is quite strong, since the story unfolds from Ally's POV, who happen to suffer from pain and grief. Her story made my heart break into millions of pieces. Also while reading I felt like the author has poured all her best emotions while penning this story.

    This story has many layers and each intricate layer is written with enough compassion and depth. Despite of Ally's POV, the author has given opportunity to her readers to look at the story from their own perspectives. The characters are well-crafted and exceptionally brilliant. Although this is the second book, hence we get a brief idea about all the six sisters as well as some of the supporting cast in the first book.

    This book envelopes around Ally's world who is a daring sailor and loves to take part in some of the world's most famous yacht races. Ally is a brave and independent woman who has made her mark in the world of men. But the amount and level of grief she goes through, made me sympathetic as well as root for her till the very end. Anna and Jens are another two most interesting characters in the book. Anna's dedication towards music and her love for Jens kept me hooked on to the book.

    The book ends with a mild cliffhanger and at certain points, the book raises some mystifying questions that certainly has an enigma related to it, that which definitely made me to vouch for the next book in this series.

  • Kirstie

    A massive book that kept me gripped. I can’t wait to read the other sisters’ stories. This is so cleverly written in that you can read them in any order. You get snippets about other sisters but not in a distracting way.

    Very cleverly written and totally enthralled me

  • Lori

    The second novel in Riley's Seven Sisters series has taken me on another amazing journey. I love that each story explores a new historical figure... in this novel that person is Norwegian composer Grieg. Also, the mystery of Pa Salt and the overall part he plays in the girls pasts is again touched upon. I'm not sure that I enjoyed Ally's story as much as Maia's, but this is still very solid and entertaining. I am looking forward to continuing this series with the D’Apliese sisters and seeing wha

    The second novel in Riley's Seven Sisters series has taken me on another amazing journey. I love that each story explores a new historical figure... in this novel that person is Norwegian composer Grieg. Also, the mystery of Pa Salt and the overall part he plays in the girls pasts is again touched upon. I'm not sure that I enjoyed Ally's story as much as Maia's, but this is still very solid and entertaining. I am looking forward to continuing this series with the D’Apliese sisters and seeing what adventures Riley has in store for them. 4 stars.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    In The

    In The Storm Sister is it Ally D'Aplièse turn to find her roots. Her father's death hits her hard, and soon she faces another devastating blow when someone close to her drowns. Ally, who always loved to sail, feel that she can't return to the sea and it is now the clue that her father gave her to come into the picture. The clue takes her to Norway and to the story of Anna Landvik, a talented singer who lived one hundred years ago.

    Lucinda Riley shows once again that she's a master when it comes to writing stories with two different timelines. It's very exciting that the book story is taking place a lot in Norway. It's almost like home, and I love that composer Edvard Grieg plays a big part in the book story. The Storm Sister is a novel that is hard to put away and I really loved to follow Ally and Anna's adventures. I was vexed when Anna's story ended. I want to know what happened next. Of course, we do get to know what happened next in Anna's life while reading Ally's story. However, I would have loved reading the story as it unfolds not just as snippets in Ally's story.

  • Anneta K.

    Story within a story,within a story.It could have been great but all this separate narratives comfused me.Five generations of Hallvorsen all mixed up in a huge book.Pip's story was absolutely useless.Anna's story was the one i mostly enjoyed.An interesting book which i would prefer much more had it been shorter and not so detailed.The first book of the series,the storm sisters,is much more interesting than this but ok i give it three stars since it wasn't that awful,in fact quite enjoying!!!!

  • Ashley Daviau

    I’m sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as the first in the series and there’s two main reasons for that. The first and most important being that I just didn’t connect with Ally like I did with Maia. And when I don’t connect with the characters, I really struggle to get into a book. The second reason is that I was really hoping the mythology of the Seven Sisters would be further explored in this book but there was big fat zilch about it. The story was still incredibly interes

    I’m sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as the first in the series and there’s two main reasons for that. The first and most important being that I just didn’t connect with Ally like I did with Maia. And when I don’t connect with the characters, I really struggle to get into a book. The second reason is that I was really hoping the mythology of the Seven Sisters would be further explored in this book but there was big fat zilch about it. The story was still incredibly interesting and there are definitely aspects that make me want to continue with this series but this book lacked a lot of magic that the first had.

  • sarah

    woow. Lucinda Riley is really stressing me out with the endings of her books. I want to know how this will all turn out in the end but after reading the "authors note" it seems I have to wait until book 7 comes out. Which may take some time.

    I really the last ~25% of this book. I'd say they would be a 4.5 star, but the first 75%.. idk. It felt too similar to the story in the first book and I was scared that this would become the general pattern in all stories of the 6 sisters. But the way the st

    woow. Lucinda Riley is really stressing me out with the endings of her books. I want to know how this will all turn out in the end but after reading the "authors note" it seems I have to wait until book 7 comes out. Which may take some time.

    I really the last ~25% of this book. I'd say they would be a 4.5 star, but the first 75%.. idk. It felt too similar to the story in the first book and I was scared that this would become the general pattern in all stories of the 6 sisters. But the way the story went on and resolved in the end made up for it and I couldnt put it down. I would even go as far as saying that I was much more satisfied with this ending then with the ending of Maia's story.

    Excited to see Stars Story and in general finally get to read book 7.

  • Jess☺️

    The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley is book 2 in The Seven Sister series I had great expectations for this one because I absolutely loved the first book 😍 but this one I found didn't really hold my interest for very long.

    These books flip from today and then right back to great grandparents time which is a lovely Idea and normally works but we get such a heartbreaking start before the first step back in time I wasn't really interested.

    I love the whole seven different adopted sister's and their rich

    The Storm Sister by Lucinda Riley is book 2 in The Seven Sister series I had great expectations for this one because I absolutely loved the first book 😍 but this one I found didn't really hold my interest for very long.

    These books flip from today and then right back to great grandparents time which is a lovely Idea and normally works but we get such a heartbreaking start before the first step back in time I wasn't really interested.

    I love the whole seven different adopted sister's and their rich dead adoptive father leaving them clues to who they are and where they come from and the Idea to give them a wonderful journey but I guess some sisters stories are not going to work for everyone and this is the one for me 😢 I'm certainly looking forward to reading about the other sisters and I'm definitely recommending this 📖

  • Caroline

    Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea. Hence, two stars. Nevertheless, there are things I did enjoy about this book. Here are the most important ones:

    - Lucinda Riley is very good at plotting and crafting interconnecting storylines. That's the reason I started this series at all and in this department, she hasn't let me down.

    - Anna. I liked her characterization, I liked her consistency, I liked that she was neither a wild rebel nor the I-want-romance-but-have-little-personality-beyond-th

    Unfortunately, this book was not my cup of tea. Hence, two stars. Nevertheless, there are things I did enjoy about this book. Here are the most important ones:

    - Lucinda Riley is very good at plotting and crafting interconnecting storylines. That's the reason I started this series at all and in this department, she hasn't let me down.

    - Anna. I liked her characterization, I liked her consistency, I liked that she was neither a wild rebel nor the I-want-romance-but-have-little-personality-beyond-that stereotype (cough-cough, Izabela). She had real flaws and made bad decisions, struggled and held on and remained true to herself. I enjoyed reading her.

    - Tom and Felix. I liked that Ally actually found living blood relatives and how she started to build three-dimensional relationships with them.

    And, inevitably, the things I disliked:

    - The pacing. Parts of the book drag on forever (the scenes after Pa Salt's Death could have focused on the aspects and conversations that were unique to Ally instead of retelling absolutely everything we already knew from the first book), while parts I found more interesting (Felix' parents' story, Anna and Grieg) felt rushed even though they were vital parts of the family history.

    - The style. For me, this has always been a matter of personal preference, but I'm still not warming up to her writing style and I don't think I will. It's all a bit too straightforward and on the nose. I don't like having everything explained to me, so I miss subtlety and nuance in her writing, the 'between the lines' if you will - but that might just be me.

    - And last but definitely not least, THEO. Theo ruined this book for me before I was even halfway through. I started not liking him when his opening line to Ally was basically "when I heard you were competent, I assumed you were really ugly". Uh. Okay? That was the first red flag. He was controlling, pushing for too much commitment too soon and actually admitted to Ally that he believed his choices were more important than her fears but his fears were more important than her choices. Cool. Way to belittle that your girlfriend is an adult with free will. When I saw that he was nice to his mom, I thought, maybe I should give him the benefit of the doubt. Boy, was I wrong. It got worse.

    In conclusion, fuck that guy. I liked Maia's love story so much in the first book that I was all the more disappointed by Ally's.

    Would I read this book again? Probably not.

    Will I, however, continue to read the rest of the series? Definitely.

    So far, my overall series ranking is:

    Book 4 (✩✩✩✩ Loved the present, liked the past)

    Book 1 (✩✩✩ Past boring, Present well-written)

    Book 3 (✩✩✩ Present boring, Past well-written)

    Book 5 (✩✩ Past interesting, present boring)

    Book 2 (✩✩ both really boring / infuriating with bright spots in between)

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