• The Shadow Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 3
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Jessica Preddy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,323 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When their father dies, Star D'Aplièse and her six sisters, all adopted by him from the four corners of the world, are left with few clues to their heritage. But Star - the most enigmatic of the sisters - is hesitant to step out of the safety of the close relationship she shares with her sister CeCe. In desperation, she decides to follow her first clue, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world....

©2016 Lucinda Riley (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Praise for the author: "What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled." (Katherine Webb)

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The best in the series yet

I loved this book so much ! Lucinda Riley did amazing job and and relatively new narrator Jessica Preddy was divine I loved her ! I loved this book and as well as the other too but I love England and the time period and it was so well written I didn't want it to end . It was different than the other too with out giving spoiler alerts it was just exquisite. Really Lucinda well done Bravo from across the pond . Someday I will visit all those lovely places . And Jessica I hope to hear your voice on some lovely books your voice was spot on and perfect .

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So disappointing! :(

Would you try another book from Lucinda Riley and/or Jessica Preddy?

I am a huge fan of Lucinda Riley, this however was not her best in my humble opinion. I understand that Star is subdued and quiet but I found her pretty boring. Everyone seems to go out of their way to enthusiastically support her and be there for her, but I'm not sure why. I didn't find her very appealing and it was therefore hard to stay interested in her story.

The first two in this series were so fun to follow and explore with the characters. With Star I just felt like she needs to hear her own voice and be with herself. Since she's fallen in love with Mouse (I cannot get used to calling a grown man "Mouse") she will just end up falling into the same co-dependant weirdness with him as she had with her sister. So I wasn't even that happy for her when things began to solidify with him.

What didn’t you like about Jessica Preddy’s performance?

The narrator didn't have a male voice so I got confused often as to who was talking. There wasn't enough definition between accents and voices. Beyond that, Star and she sister Cici seemed to have a part French part German accent. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not but I found it peculiar.

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I love this series!

Ms. Riley doesn't disappoint. Star's story is wonderful. She can't write these books fast enough.

This narrator is MUCH better, thank you!!

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Best Book Series I've read in years

Lucinda Riley is an expert storyteller. I've been enthralled with the 7 sisters series since day 1 and this installment about Star was perfect. I so appreciate that the author isn't afraid to embrace love and compassion, truth and courage. I will now begin waiting for the next book!

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Best of the series so far

I enjoyed this book much more than the other two in the series. I'm not sure why that is, except perhaps that the characters and their specific struggles appealed to me more.

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Love these stories despite myself

I've read the first two books and have been looking forward to Star's story. It took me awhile to warm up to this one, in part because I found the bad French accents irritating, made more so by the fact that Star thought with one accent and spoke with another. Was the French accent really necessary?
As always, Lucinda's story-telling completely won me over in the end, and made me not care about the flaws. Don't miss the author's note at the end of the book. I forgave everything that bothered me.
I have to note however, that I feel trepidations about Cece's story to come. Cece was distinctly unlikable in this book. There are hints in Cece's chapter that she has some insight into her unlikability, so of course I will have to pick up the next book when it comes out, curious, as always, where Lucinda will spirit me next.

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Joy, Sorrow, Sacrifice, A Wonderful Emotional Read

Any additional comments?

So far, I have greatly enjoyed The Seven Sisters series. I have been anticipating this story since the moment we were introduced to Star in the first book. Lucinda Riley exceeded my expectations, giving us a story packed with emotion.

The story starts with Star, who is realizing she needs to step out of the shadow of her sister and be her own person. I think the way Ms. Riley did this was perfect for Star's personality (through, truthfully, at times, I wanted Star to shout at her sister and tell her off - though that wouldn't have been Star at all).

Then we learn Flora's story, and I loved many of the parallels between her and Star and at times felt so involved with Flora's story I felt nervous for her! Her story was so satisfying.

I think one of my favorite things about this story is the growth of the characters Star and Mouse. They really grow and change throughout the story and have such depth.

I would say that there is really not as much romance in this book as the previous two, it's more on the periphery (for Star, at least). This isn't a bad thing at all, though I'd have to say my only complaint is feeling like Star's story ended a bit soon. I would have liked to see an epilogue, but perhaps as the other stories move forward we can learn more of how her story ends.

Also, we have a couple more instances of them seeing a person who looks mysteriously like a certain person (no spoilers here!). I can't wait to find out more of this mystery!

Overall, this is one of my favorite books of Ms. Riley's so far and will for sure be listening again. Jessica Preddy does an excellent job with the voices and accents and she's a real pleasure to listen to. I intend to look for more books narrated by her!

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It was only "fair"

Would you try another book from Lucinda Riley and/or Jessica Preddy?

Yes. I'm intrigued by the premise of the 7-book series, but overall, the stories are getting more implausible.

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While the series is entertaining, if you give the story a little bit of thought it falls apart. In this book as well as the last one, any number of problems would be resolved if only the sisters would leave their cell phones ON. There's a convenient "lack of cell service" even when they are on. For such a close family, they are remarkably selfish (not really willing to go to sisters' fiance's funeral for example). And while the historical back story is interesting, it's pretty convoluted - what they're describing happened two, or maybe it's three, generations ago (I think) and I'm still not sure of the connection between Flora and Star.

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Main characters BF sucks

OK the first two books by Lucinda Riley in the series are great but this one begins to derail when the main character falls for a man that is literally a jerk to her. I get the historical misogyny, but honestly the main character should have learned from her ancestors experience and said thanks but no thanks to Mouse. If she isn't even related to them, then see-ya! This books traps the main character in with a single dad who pretty much wants her to just cook and clean and take care of his kid for him, all while saying totally cool that you are a virgin after having a wife and kid that he didn't support after her passing. Where is the therapy for this guy?!? Also this book is pretty much the same historical story as the pearl sister but for white people and sisters instead of brothers. Looking for more creativity on the back story.

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One is best, 3 is better than 2! Maus not Mouse

Where does The Shadow Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've fallen in love with Lucinda Riley's story telling. Girl On The Cliff and The Light Behind The Window are my favorites. She can take factual history and weave a fictitious story around it: Mrs. Keppel was the favorite mistress of the Prince/King of England and her eldest daughter had a lesbian relationship with Vita Sackville-West and how Lucinda tied the name of Orlando into this story. Also how Beatrix Potter was their neighbor in the Lakes District in the 1909 story.I had to go back a re-listen to several chapters to get the story clear, especially towards the end, as it became confusing with who was the illegitimate child of who and how the past influenced the present.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow Sister?

When she does Rory, the 6 year old deaf boy, with his excitement and innocence. Yes, Star was a quiet girl, perhaps mildly autistic/Asperger's. I had to google why Mouse (or rather Maus) was chosen as the older brothers nickname. I could see Matthias Schoenaerts as Mouse, and Scarlett Johansson, Léa Seydoux or Blake Lively as Star.

What does Jessica Preddy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I swear she said Laura as many times as she did Flora!

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  • Frances
  • 12-31-16

Poor narration spoils this audiobook

I am a great fan of Lucinda Riley but of all the Seven Sisters books that she has written to date, I found this the least engaging. I found it difficult to warm to the protagonist who never really came alive for me. However, the character of Flora was far more successful and for me, it was she who 'carried' the book along.
The narrator was very badly chosen, unlike previous narrators in this series. There was practically no differentiation between characters, men and women all sounded alike and her attempts at regional accents were cringe-making. Furthermore, there were some very strange pronunciations.
I shall look forward to the next book to in the series but I do hope that a different narrator will be chosen.

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  • Tony Colman
  • 01-30-20

Very disappointing

I love this author but the narration of this book was atrocious Accents used when they shouldn’t terrible story telling. I had to stop I couldn’t listen to her any more just ruined the book for me.

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  • Mrs. Nicola Jemphrey
  • 11-30-16

Not as good as the previous two in the series

I am wondering if Lucinda Riley has been too ambitious in trying to write a seven book series about the same family. This particular story seemed even more far-fetched than the previous two but the thing I disliked most about it was that many of the characters seemed to change personality according to the demands of the plot; also that some of them were caricatures rather than real people. The narration was very stilted for much of the time, the narrator not seeming to have the ability to look ahead in a particular sentence to see what is coming next, and some of her accents were painful to listen to, in particular the Cockney and Scottish ones. I think I might have given up on this book were it not for the fact that I am intrigued by how the stories will finally fit together, whether Pa Salt is still alive and who he really is, and the identity of the seventh sister. Perhaps Lucinda Riley should concentrate on writing a quality fourth book in the series rather than dividing her attention between different writing projects.

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  • Leonilde Van Munster
  • 12-20-16

Worth the wait

Loved it as much as the first two books. cannot wait for the third book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-16

love,

I absolutely loved this book, the highs & lows of 'Star'. trying to find herself. Sad that it's now finished

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  • Glitteringbug
  • 12-09-16

Best so far.

This has been my favourite of the Severn sisters books. The narrator was good and was pleased that this time she didn't use a French accent for star all time. Now it's the long wait for the next instalment.

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  • Abbey
  • 01-13-17

excellent

I have loved every one of the Star Sisters stories. The series is beautifully written and narration is excellent. Very addictive and most enjoyable. cant wait to discover the next sister's past, and future.

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  • D. E. Dion
  • 12-07-16

Brilliant

love these books. Now have to wait impatiently for the next one .

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  • Sue
  • 12-06-16

The S hadow Sister

I really enjoyed once again the tripping back in time . It made a wonderful story

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  • Angela
  • 11-29-16

a great continuation of the seven sister's saga

Upon finishing I cannot wait for the next novel! I learned so much about British history too - at least the places mentioned are easier to visit than the first two stories!!

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  • Kat C.
  • 07-23-22

Great book with unfortunate narration

Had to go and purchase a physical copy of the book to read as the narration was not up to the same standard of the first two books.

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  • Vaelei Lemauga
  • 07-05-22

Great story, great narrator

Love this series so much, can’t wait to get to the end. So Many twists and turns - truly amazing

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  • Lynette
  • 05-28-22

Narrator spoilt

The narrator spoilt this book. what a shame. The two before this in the Seven Sisters series were well narrated. Lucinda would be happy to know however the accent chop and change and the long unnecessary pauses between different characters as well as during dialogue was just plain off-putting and weird!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-18-22

Great story unnecessary accents.

Love the series but accents in this one make me want to read the books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-22

Great Story

Loved the complexity of the story and it's characters. Well narrated. A must read!

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  • Angipoo123
  • 04-28-22

Star - the quiet soul

Stars journey to her roots illustrate a very innocent and gentle soul. In a world full of extroverts, many readers would be frustrated with her difficulties in speaking up for herself and making decisions. I saw Star as an adult toddler stepping out into the unknown and learning about trust and the intentions of strangers.
Flora’s story added spice to Star’s story and Lucinda’s brilliant storytelling made me feel like I was living in the early 1900’s.
I guessed in the Seven Sisters that Star was never going be a flamboyant character, but this book shows her to be a shining star lighting the ways for others.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-22

The weird change of accents was awful

Why would someone “think/ speak inwardly” in one accent and speak out loud in another?? The modern day story was told from Star's 1st person point of view - in the narrator's clipped British accent, but then —inexplicably —Star's direct speech was performed in a (terrible laboured) French accent! It was so annoying! The previous books in the series had “Ma” speaking with an English accent - but in this book, in an annoying French accent. There is no consistency with the narration across the books.

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  • fordmodelt
  • 04-02-22

Orphans here Orphans there Orphans everywhere

Some of the historical story is kind of interesting, but the modern day story of Star isn't terribly engaging.

One of the biggest issues is the accents. The modern story told from Star's First person perspective in the narrator's nice, well modulated British accent, then Star's direct speech in an exaggerated French accent. Switching back and forth when it was supposed to be the same 'person' speaking was distracting.

I've read the first three of these books in the series so far, and the plot holes are getting bigger and bigger with each book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-22

Great read!

Another good read although it was a bit slow and didn't flow in places or as well in previous stories. I persevered and was glad I did so. Ques is the man Pa Salt?

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  • Karryn Trethowen
  • 03-22-22

Loved the history

Story a little drawn out, but on the whole very gripping.
Such research into the history, & so descriptive.
French accent a little annoying.
Not sure I will listen to the CeCe story, not shown in a particularly warm light.