BOOK CLUB: The Missing Sister

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The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley is the seventh book in The Seven Sisters series and covers 800 pages.

The six D’Apliese sisters have grown up knowing that they have a seventh sister that they all refer to as the Missing Sister. Pa Salt had adopted them all but had always longed to find the last of the seven. 

Try as he might, he was never able to locate her.  Now that Pa Salt has passed away the sisters take up the search.

Mary McDougal is living in the Gibbston Valley of the South Island of New Zealand. She decides to head off on a trip around the world to help her cope with the death of her husband of 35 years. 

She leaves her son and adopted daughter Mary-Kate to run the family vineyard. Mary is caught off guard when she receives phone messages from her daughter to inform her that two strangers have arrived at the vineyard. They are asking questions about her and her past. The ghosts from her past start spinning around in her head and she leaves her location swiftly when she learns that the strangers are making their way to see her on Norfolk Island. 

No matter where she goes she seems to be followed. Panic sets in as she starts to fear for her life.

This wonderful book works well as a stand-alone, but it will leave you with many unanswered questions.  You will so badly want to read the last book in this series which is set to be released in 2022.  Sadly, Lucinda Riley recently passed away so the question is will we get to read the last book?  I certainly hope so.

I found this book to be an awesome read and being 800 pages long it allowed me to dive right in and read it over several days. All the while I felt very connected to Mary who is also known as Merry.  When I was away from my book I would wonder what was to happen next and couldn’t wait to get back to my reading.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading  The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

ISBN: 9781509840175

7 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: The Missing Sister

  1. The Missing Sister
    What a wonderful story, I hadn’t read any of the previous books but this book covered a lot and I didn’t think I could get through it but it is definately a page turner – couldn’t put it down! The Missing Sister is the oldest sister, Mary McDougal. She fled to NZ when she was 21 to escape her radical Irish friend who thought they were much more than that and he was completely obsessed with her. The reason why the book is so thick is that there are so many areas of the family unit that is covered. I can’t wait for the last book which comes out next year

  2. Thank you to Beauty and Lace book club for the opportunity to read The Missing Sister – as someone who hadn’t read the previous books I absolutely loved this one so much I barely could put it down and as a consequence I have since purchased the other 6 books – the D’Apliese sisters embark on a journey across the world to find their missing sister and discover more about themselves – during the time I spent reading this book I was saddened to hear of the passing of the author Lucinda Riley.

  3. The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley is a big story, both in the size of the book, and the content of the story.

    It is the seventh book in a series about seven adopted sisters. I had not read any previous books, but after a slow start, I really got into the story and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is not necessary to have read the previous books, this one covers some of the back story but not so much that it becomes annoying. Six sisters, spread around the world, are on a quest to find their missing sister, before they scatter their adoptive fathers ashes. There is one more book in the pipeline, and I now want to read the previous six..

    Thank you Beauty and Lace Book Club , and Pan MacMillan, for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  4. As someone who has not read the previous books in the series ( and someone who does not like reading books out of order) I was worried it would be hard to get into and through this one..(its a huge 800 pager) however I was able to just enjoy the latest journey of this sister and her story..and was provided with enough background to understand the other characters. Very sad to learn of Lucinda passing while reading this. A big loss.

  5. Thank you to Beauty and Lace Book Club and Macmillan for the opportunity to read and review The Missing Sister by Lucinda Riley.

    I have only read one of Riley’s books before and loved it, so despite not having read the previous seven books in this series I was excited to have the opportunity to read this one. Shortly after receiving the book the sad news of Lucinda Riley’s death occurred and for a few days I found it hard to pick the book up to read.

    To say this is an epic book is an understatement, at just under 800 pages long it could easily be seen as daunting, and the tale itself, with its side story of the struggles of the Irish under British rule from the 1920’s through to the more recent ‘Troubles’ is a major work within itself.

    Woven around the Irish Struggles this is the seventh book in the Sister’s series, featuring Pa Salt and seven unrelated sisters. At this point in time Pa Salt has died, and the six adopted sisters, who have featured in the previous six books, in the series are on a quest to find the missing sister. All they have to go on is a picture of an emerald ring, with seven points representing the seven sister or the Pleiades, and a name, Mary McDougall.

    A fabulous story, beautifully written and powerful in it’s telling, it has made me want to read the previous six books, and I look forward to the release of the eighth book in the series, now due to be released in 2023, and written by Lucinda’s eldest son Harry based on the notes and discussions held together prior to her death. The eighth book promises to wrap up the story and explain who Pa Salt was, and why he was so anxious to bring the seven sisters together.

    A five star read, highly recommended for lovers of Lucinda Riley’s work, and historical fiction.

  6. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read the Midsing Sister. It was dainting to receive an 800 page book, by an author I hadn’t known of before and a series of books I hadn’t read.
    The story was easy to get into and thr characters and their relationship was easy enough to follow and be entwined in, so I didn’t feel lost as I picked up the 7th story in the series. While it was easy to read, I didn’t feel overly invested in the characters and I did think the story was a little far-fetched but perhaps I would have felt differently had I read the first books. Either way, it was an enjoyable read and easy to get into.
    I was saddened to hear of the death of the author.

  7. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Pan Macmillan for this monster, 800 pages, of a book to read and review.
    I have to say the size was a bit daunting but as I got into the story I was hooked. I have not read any of the previous books in the series but it was easy to read as a stand alone.
    The book followed the journey of Mary, better known as Merry, as she goes on a journey of discovery back to her homeland while being followed by six sisters claiming she is the missing sister.
    I really enjoyed it as it was well written and I now would love to read all of the previous ones as well as her next one written by her son as she has passed.

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