Riley, Lucinda. The Storm Sister. New York: Atria Books, 2016. ISBN-13: 987-1-4767-5992-0. Hardcover List Price: $24.99. Paperback List Price: $16.00.
The Storm Sister is a wonderful book, both as a stand-alone novel and a second installment in the Seven Sisters series. Riley again transplants the reader to a new location, this time weaving her fictional characters into the historical world of the music scene in 1870s Norway and Germany.
This book does deviate from Riley’s other books as neither the contemporary nor the historical arcs have a romance in the traditional HEA sense, and in fact, the modern arc, which is typically the more romantic, is the one where we see Ally grappling with the grief of losing someone she loves, and it is much too soon to tell if she will meet someone else, especially as she has other things to think about. But we do see love in the more familial sense, as she discovers her roots, beginning with an instant bond she feels soon after arriving in Norway.
The historical arc and the way Riley constructed the plot twists where those characters were concerned was very well done. She concludes that arc with the inexplicable reunion between Jens and Anna, after he effectively abandoned her, and readers will already know (based on the family tree at the beginning) that they seem to have had a living child after seven years after their first child, and the reveal as to how all of that came to pass was jaw-dropping, especially considering the involvement of Edvard Grieg in their lives.