Maia D’Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, Atlantis – a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva – having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage – a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began . . .
Eighty years earlier, in the ‘Belle Epoque’ of Rio, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio’s father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela – passionate and longing to see the world – convinces her father to allow her to accompany Heitor and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski’s studio outside Paris and in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.
In this sweeping epic tale of love and loss – the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven books based on the legends of The Seven Sisters star cluster – Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
Several of the characters in the novel are based on historical figures who were involved in the creation of Christ the Redeemer. If you would like to read more about two of them, Heitor da Silva Costa and Paul Landowski, take a look at the following links: