The Sun Sister

The Sun Sister

Electra's Story

Book - 2020 | First Atria Books hardcover edition
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Electra d'Aplièse is a top model who seems to have it all: beauty, fame, and wealth. But beneath the glittery veneer, she's cracking under all the pressure. When her father dies, she turns to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain. As friends and colleagues fear for her health, Electra receives a shocking letter from a stranger who claims to be her grandmother. In 1939, New Yorker Cecily Huntley-Morgan arrives in Kenya's Lake Naivasha region for the exciting chance to stay with her godmother, the famous socialite Kiki Preston. But after a sheltered upbringing, she's astounded by the hedonistic antics of the other ex-pats in the infamous Happy Valley set. Cecily soon grows to love her stunning but complicated new home, and she even accepts a proposal of marriage from an enigmatic older cattle farmer. After a shocking discovery and with war looming, Cecily feels 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 forever.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2020
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781982110642
1982110643
Call Number: FICTION RILEY 2020
Characteristics: 643 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Electra's story

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Reads_A_Lot
Nov 20, 2020

This is the 6th book in a 7-book series, but it’s the first book of the series I’ve read. The Africa setting is what appealed to me and since each book is about a different sister I didn’t figure the order read mattered. I have to say at over 600 pages this book was drawn out longer than it needed to be. It could have easily been condensed without loosing story matter. It’s told in 2 timelines: modern day New York and 1940’s Africa. I much preferred the Africa part of the book. I did get some enjoyment out of the book, but due to the length, time commitment and my mediocre feelings about it, I’m not sure if I’ll read others in the series or not.

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fantasyqueen
Nov 17, 2020

Excellent read!
I was really feeling sad while reading this, not so much because of the story, but because since this is Electra's story, it seemed as though the saga would end once I finished the book - so I read slowly!
I have so enjoyed this epic novel, even if I did have to wait months between books. But . . . . the way The Sun Sister ended, I have great hope that there is yet another book in the works. I sure hope I'm right.

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tammygfarmgirl
Oct 05, 2020

Highest recommendation as always!

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17557
Aug 02, 2020

The hard copy of the Sun Sister should be available! The other titles in the series were.

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lilypad_1
Jun 18, 2020

The Seven Sisters books are endlessly intricately woven stories that take you to all parts of the world. This one is set mainly in Kenya and New York during the 40's and takes one racial discrimination and also discrimination against women. The strong women characters are beyond their time and make the best of any situation. There are two main women stories in this book, you can read it as it- going back and forth- or read each woman's story separately. Electra in NY is not as interesting as Cecily in Kenya. Definitely recommend this series.

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PiepieB
May 16, 2020

Storylines set in Kenya and in New York intertwine to bring us Electra, Pa Salt's sixth daughter. I really liked all the tidbits of fashion, the descriptions of Electra's clothes, and loved her supporting cast: the friends and characters and employees who surrounded her. I also liked Stella, as well as all the horse scenes.

I think I preferred Cecily's story. I was more "on the edge of my seat" when reading her. I was constantly surprised as to what happened in her timeline, and being on the outside looking in to the "Happy Valley" set, watching them dance and swim and experience wild animals, was a lot of fun!

This wasn't my favorite book in the series, but I'm still impressed at the research and knowledge that was poured into this installment, as well as the rest of the Seven Sisters saga. I can't wait to learn more about Merope! (less)

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