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  • Location: Krabi, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Sydney, Broome

The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters)

The Pearl Sister (The Seven Sisters)

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1907, 1911, 2015: The story of the fourth of the Seven Sisters…Pearl

  • ISBN: 978-1509840052
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, she drops out of art college and feels as if she’s watching life pass her by.

She decides to leave England in order to discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago. En-route to Sydney, CeCe heads to the one place she has ever felt close to being herself: the stunning beaches of Krabi, Thailand. But she finds someone with more secrets of her own…

100 years ago – Kitty McBride, daughter of an Edinburgh clergyman, is given the opportunity to travel to Australia as the companion of the wealthy Mrs McCrombie. She heads to Adelaide and a complex situation soon unfolds within her new family. This is where Cece heads to in the present day in order to find if she can find a link to her past and a link to her future.

Travel Guide

Thailand – Krabi

Railay Beach

This is the place Cece feels at home. Phra Nang Beach is of course where Cece first meets Ace and where they go eploring in the Princess Cave. All these places are real and exciting and you can feel the heat, the sunsets and the sheer exctiment of Cece falling in love and feeling the sand on her toes and that house in the trees.

Scotland – Edinburgh

In order to offset the heat and passion in the story, there’s a backstory which builds from the Edinburgh setting. The story of  Kitty and how she ends up in Australia starts , where the best stories do, at the city’s main Central Library


The main setting of the story and where the mystery unfolds. In the outback amongst the heat and the long, dry roads which seem to lead nowhere, there’s an artistic gem in the form of  the story of Aboriginal art and Hermannsburg . Aboriginal symbols for “a human track”  and human signs of travel are dotted throughout the novel leading the reader and the characters within to the ultimate destination of discovery


The outback takes in scenes in Alice Springs and Broome. Broome is the ultimate stop on the ship’s journey and the town’s Historical society would be a great place to experience the time and place of the book.

When there is tragedy here, there is shared grief, This is  a tight community going through a period of growth and transition. A woman in a man’s world, far from home. A woman discovering the world far from Leith and the life of service there.

Australia is quite literally a world away. A place of discovery for Kitty and certainly one for Cece in the search for her father.

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Booktrailer Review

Susan: @thebooktrailer

I’m a huge fan of the Seven Sisters series and this is no exception. I spent a delicious day reading this and nothing else. What a treat it was. Intertwining stories, another mystery of a sister finding out who her real parents are, travelling to Australia, to Alice Springs no less to find out. I loved the going back in time to meet Kitty – a woman whose life is linked to Star. The intricate way the story played out was a delight and the 670 or so pages didn’t seem long enough. That’s when you know a book has totally captured you .

This is like closing your eyes and dreaming of going on a fantastic literary holiday – each location is crafted with ease in both time periods,Kitty’s story is one of  struggle and perseverance and as her story merged with Cece’s I felt rewarded for the intricate way the stories had been weaved. The characters are strong and well developed and despite the flit in stories and focus, this was to the strength of the novel. A magical mystery tour of hope and dreams

I was very excited to read about the story of the art clues in the Aboriginal world  – this is something I know nothing about and Lucinda really opened my eyes to the love and honour of that community. From the beaches of Thailand, to this quiet and gentle of places on earth, I was captivated and totally engrossed. A beautiful nod to the art and heritage of the Aboriginal communities and the art work through the novel was a touching homage.

The locations evocative, the descriptions exquisite and the story woven like ribbons through time and history. So exquisitely done and the I was transported to a world of amazement as well as art. The author has quite clearly gone to an awful lot of trouble to get the detail and feel of the time and places exactly right, the colours of the palette to evoke the stories, expertly mixed. The artist’s tapestry which results is stunningly detailed and an homage to the art world it helps explore.


Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Pearl Sister

Destination: Krabi, Edinburgh, Broome, The Outback  Author/Guide: Lucinda Riley  Departure Time: 1907, 1911, 2015

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