The Shadow Sister by Lucinda Riley Book Review



Goodreads Summary:Star D’Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father—the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world.

A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England’s picturesque Lake District—just a stone’s throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter—when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society’s most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life…

As Star learns more of Flora’s incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

My Rating:5/5 stars

Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


Despite the fact that I have only read three of Riley’s books she is still becoming one of my favorite authors.While her plots are oftentimes formulaic and cliche, there’s just something about them that makes me want to read a thousand of them.While it’s not the most unique books, they’re still pretty darn good.

This is the third book in a series following six sisters who’s adopted father,Pa Salt, has just died. None of these sisters are related by blood and have been all adopted from different part of the worlds. When he dies, he gives each of them a letter which will help them figure out where they came from.  The third one follows Star who discovers the life of a woman named Flora living in the early 1900s While this is a series, you’re able to read the books on their own as standalones though you will miss out on the overall plot of the stories. This is first one in the series that I have read but I do eventually plan on reading the rest.

Honestly the drama in the book was so petty but I live for pettiness. I love historical fictions featuring English drama,at this point I don’t know why I haven’t watched Downtown Abbey yet.Despite the fact that there was a lot of pettiness, it was really interesting and I learnt some interesting facts about English history.

Stories like these aren’t complete without some great plot-twists and I wasn’t disappointed.They weren’t the best but they were still pretty darn good.


I think my favorite part of  this book were the characters because I really related to them. Star is so similar to me and it was really nice to read a character with a similiar mindset,Flora was also very relatable and it’s always more enjoyable to read a book featuring relatable characters.I also loved all the side characters from the owner to the bookstore that Star works at to  all the historical figures that popped up in Flora’s life. I loved seeing both Star’s and Flora’s journey and really loved seeing Star’s evolution. In the beginning she is very attached to one of her sisters but then gradually she began to realize that the dependance that she had on her sister was unhealthy and began to distance herself a little more which was really nice to see.

Also this is random but I liked the way they casually mentioned sexuality and they even used the word asexual and I’ve like never seen anything like that in an adult book so that was cool. It could’ve been more prominent but it was nonetheless nice.


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