Meet Lucinda Riley's The Sun Sister

Every great story begins with an extraordinary woman... Meet Electra D'Aplièse, a fiery beauty who has lost herself along the way. Book six in Lucinda Riley's bestselling Seven Sisters series.

22/11/2019
5 minutes to read
Lucinda Riley's book the Sun Sister superimposed on a mountain view sunset photograph

Lucinda Riley is the No.1 bestselling author of The Butterfly Room and The Olive Tree. Her Seven Sisters series is inspired by the Greek myth of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, who were said to have been turned into the star constellation of the same name.

The series follows seven sisters, and begins as their adoptive father – the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt – dies, they are each given a tantalising clue as to their past. Each book is the story of one of the sisters as they trace their origins all over the world in spellbinding tales of love and loss.

The first book in the series is The Seven Sisters; followed by The Storm Sister which has been nominated for the prestigious Premio Bancarella literary prize in Italy, The Shadow SisterThe Pearl SisterThe Moon Sister, and The Sun Sister, which is the latest release, with another book to follow.​

Here, Lucinda gives us an insight into writing the sixth book in the series, The Sun Sister.

In The Sun Sister, we get to know Electra D’Aplièse, the sixth sister in the Seven Sisters series. To the outside world, it appears as if the supermodel Electra has everything: money, beauty and fame. However, after the death of her father, Electra begins to spiral and seeks solace in alcohol and drugs. Then one day, she receives a letter from a woman claiming to be her biological grandmother... 

"I always knew that writing Electra’s story would present the biggest challenge of my writing career. Besides her ancestors’ story, which takes place during the mid-twentieth century in the United States – a momentous time of change for African Americans – Electra herself is definitely the most complex and difficult of the sisters. And because all my plots are written holistically – I only know where I am beginning and ending the stories – the twists and turns of The Sun Sister have been as shocking and enlightening for me as they have been for Electra.

Electra discovers that her heritage lies in Kenya and is somehow linked to a woman called Cecily Huntley-Morgan, a New York socialite who finds herself thrown into the heart of Kenya’s decadent ‘Happy Valley’ at the start of World War Two. Doing research in Kenya, and exploring Nairobi and the beautiful nature around Lake Naivasha and the Wanjohi Valley was truly one of the highlights of my life. I’m so excited for my readers to discover with me all that I learnt about the lives of the white settlers of ‘Happy Valley’ in Kenya, their interaction with the noble Maasai clans, and a murder mystery that has remained unsolved for decades...

Never have I found myself so deeply involved or moved as I have been by the bravery, humanity and sheer determination of the incredible people, both past and present, that I have encountered during the writing of Electra’s story. And for those readers who have been looking for clues since Book one of the series, The Sun Sister delves even deeper into the mystery of Pa Salt. Many characters from previous books return, including the mysterious Zed Eszu, as Electra discovers where her passions lie and what she is truly capable of..."

The Sun Sister

by Lucinda Riley

Book cover for The Sun Sister

From the frenetic atmosphere of Manhattan to the magnificent wide-open plains of Africa, The Sun Sister is the sixth epic tale in the Seven Sisters series by the number one bestseller Lucinda Riley. A spellbinding story of love and loss, inspired by the mythology of the famous star constellation.

To the outside world, Electra D’Aplièse seems to have it all: as one of the world’s top models, she is beautiful, rich and famous.

Yet Electra’s already tenuous control over her state of mind has been rocked by the death of her father, Pa Salt, the elusive billionaire who adopted his six daughters from across the globe. Struggling to cope, she turns to alcohol and drugs. As those around her fear for her health, Electra receives a letter from a stranger claiming to be her grandmother . . .

In 1939, Cecily Huntley-Morgan arrives in Kenya from New York to nurse a broken heart. Staying with her godmother, a member of the infamous Happy Valley set, she meets Bill Forsythe, a notorious bachelor and cattle farmer with close connections to the proud Maasai tribe. But after a shocking discovery, and with war looming, Cecily has few options. Moving up into the Wanjohi Valley, she is isolated and alone. Until she meets a young woman in the woods and makes her a promise that will change the course of her life for ever.

‘Heart-wrenching, uplifting and utterly enthralling. The Seven Sisters series is Lucinda Riley at the top of her game: a magical storyteller who creates characters we fall in love with and who stay with us long after we finish reading. Dazzlingly good.’ – Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Hunting Party.