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Review: The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley

on October 18, 2019

The Moon Sister (The Seven Sisters #5)
Lucinda Riley
Macmillan
2019, 738p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Tiggy Aplièse is doing the job she loves; working at a deer sanctuary up in the raw beauty of the highlands of Scotland. When the sanctuary has to close, she is offered a job on the vast and isolated Kinnaird estate as a wildlife consultant by the elusive and troubled Laird, Charlie Kinnaird, she has no idea that the move will not only irrevocably alter her future, but ironically, bring her into contact with her past. She meets Chilly, an ancient gipsy, who has lived for years on the estate, having fled from Spain seventy years before. He tells her that not only does she possess a sixth sense, passed down from her gipsy ancestors, but it was foretold long ago that he would be the one to send her back home …

It is 1912 and, in the pitifully poor gipsy community that have been forced to make their homes for hundreds of years outside the city walls of Granada in the seven caves of Sacromonte, under the shadow of the magnificent Alhambra Palace, Lucía Amaya-Albaycin is born. Destined to be the greatest flamenco dancer of her generation, La Candela – as she is named, due to the inner flame that burns through her when she dances- is whisked away by her ambitious father at the tender age of ten to dance to his guitar in the flamenco bars of Barcelona. Her mother, Maria, is devastated by the loss of her daughter, and as civil war threatens in Spain, tragedy strikes the rest of her family. Now in Madrid, Lucía and her troupe of dancers are forced to flee for their lives, their journey taking them far across the water to South America and eventually, to North America and New York itself – Lucía’s long-held dream. But to pursue it, she must choose between her passion for her career and the man she adores…

As Tiggy follows the trail back to her exotic but complex Spanish past, and – under the watchful eye of a gifted gypsy bruja – begins to accept and develop her own gift, she too must decide to whether to return to Kinnaird, and Charlie…

So this is the last of this series that is currently already published. I think the sixth book is due out pretty soon, perhaps as early as late this month/early next. So I’ve actually managed to catch up in time before the arrival of Electra’s book. I was quite looking forward to Tiggy’s book – she was a sister I found really interesting, living in remote parts of Scotland, taking care of animals. She’s a vegan who is passionate about animal conservation and struggles with the idea of culling to keep numbers down, even with animals that have no natural predators. She accepts a job on an isolated estate helping settle in some Scottish wildcats. The owner of the estate has grand designs to repopulate the estate with native animals and repair the deforestation that has taken place. When she arrives, Tiggy meets an elderly man of Spanish origin who has been told he will be the one to guide her back home to her family. His words match what has been left for Tiggy in her letter from Pa Salt and when some things go a bit wrong on the estate, Tiggy flees to Spain to learn the truth of who she is.

Tiggy’s portion of this story is really great. I liked her a lot and I loved her immersion in her job. She’s a bit…..militant at times about the veganism and the conservation stuff but it sort of fits into her background pretty well. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the Scottish property and how there are plans to help return it to how it should be, after several generations basically stripping it of a lot of its natural resources. It’s when the story took a dive back into past that I had some problems with it….

It revolves around Tiggy’s maternal biological grandmother Lucia, a flamenco dancer of gitana origin (the Romani people of Spain) and yeah Lucia is a piece of work. She’s taken by her father from their small village to dance in bars from a young age and then we jump to around her being 21 and move through those years and she’s just a lot to take in. She’s very good obviously and this comes with a huge sense of entitlement and arrogance and vile stupidity. She’s selfish in many different ways and demanding in others and she’s just incredibly unpleasant to read about for any length of time. Despite the fact that she sees her flawed father for what he is, I think Lucia inherited a lot from him, her selfishness just showed in different ways. I loved her family members (with the exception of her father, although he played what was probably a vital role in the story) but Lucia herself was just so difficult to read without rolling my eyes so much it hurt. She wanted for a good slap and being told to wake up to herself and that the entire planet did not revolve around her. Fortunately her eventual daughter ended up having other stable, wonderful people in her life to raise her and it was probably for the better that Lucia’s role in her life was non-existent because she was the least maternal person I’ve ever read.

Tiggy’s history was interesting but not the sort of thing I have much knowledge about – kind of a bit of psychic ability combined with healing and medicinal herbs and that sort of thing. I really liked the bond she forged with Zara, Charlie’s daughter and the way in which she seemed to fit in so well on the Kinnaird estate. The thing I do find amusing is that the sisters who were raised together kind of barely keep in contact. Like in this book, Tiggy gets a text from CeCe which basically says yeah I live in Australia now, come visit if you ever want to. It’s something that has run through the various stories, and I think it’s in this book that perhaps it’s Tiggy who does lament that Pa Salt seemed to be the thing that kept them together but now they’re basically just off all over the globe doing their own thing, dropping each other texts or emails every few months!

Next is Electra’s book, which doesn’t excite me super much. She’s a world famous model with the seemingly stereotypical lifestyle of staged paparazzi shots, champagne and cocaine. It’ll be interesting to see how that goes.

7/10

Book #166 of 2019

 


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