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Lucinda Riley is an Irish international bestselling author of historic fiction.
Born in Ireland in 1971, she spent the first six years of her life in a tiny village called Drumbeg, before moving to England where she started school.

Lucinda took an active role in acting for most of her teenage life and early 20’s up until a serious sickness hampered her career; prompting her to turn to writing while she was bed-ridden.

Her first book, Lovers and Players, was published in 1992 while the television rights to her novel series Seven Sisters—which was strikingly inspired while admiring the night sky in the New Year of 2012—was purchased in 2016 by Hollywood company, Raffaella Productions.

Lucinda loves reading, writing, traveling and spending time with her four children.

More about Lucinda Riley

Genres: Contemporary , Historical Fiction, Roman

Born: 1971



Non Series

  • Hothouse Flower (Also known as The Orchid House) (2010)
  • The Girl on the Cliff (2011)
  • The Light Behind the Window (Also known as The Lavender Garden) (2012)
  • The Midnight Rose (2013)
  • The Italian Girl (2014)
  • The Angel Tree (2014)
  • The Olive Tree (2016)
  • The Love Letter (Also known as The Royal Secret) (2018)
  • The Butterfly Room (2019)
  • The Murders at Fleat House (2022)

Guardian Angels (Co-authored with Harry Whittaker)

  1. Grace and the Christmas Angel (2021)
  2. Bill and the Dream Angel (2022)
  3. Rosie and the Friendship Angel (2022)
  4. Alfie and the Angel of Lost Things (2023)

Seven Sisters Series

  1. The Seven Sisters (2014)
  2. The Storm Sister (2015)
  3. The Shadow Sister (2016)
  4. The Pearl Sister (2017)
  5. The Moon Sister (2018)
  6. The Sun Sister (2019)
  7. The Missing Sister (2021)
  8. Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt (2023)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Hothouse Flower (Also known as The Orchid House)

Julia opts to returns to the serenity of Wharton Park after tragedy struck her family.

An old diary is discovered while the estate is undergoing refurbishment after being inherited by Kit Crawford.

Along with the new charming owner of the estate, Julia looks for her grandmother in a bid to get to the bottom of a love saga that nearly destroyed Wharton Park.

She is as such taken to the 1940s where the wealth of a young couple, Olivia and Harry Crawford, will have severe repercussions on their posterity.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2010
ISBN: 978-0141049373
Publisher: Penguin Books
The Girl on the Cliff

Grania Ryan, unsettled by a recent loss, returns to the loving bosom of her family in Ireland. It is while on a cliff edge that she meets Aurora; a young girl that will change her life forever. Although she finds it hard to explain why she is drawn to Aurora, Grania soon comes to learn that the histories of their families are interweaved—albeit strangely.

From a sweet and sour romance in London during World War II to a rocky relationship in modern day New York, from dedication to an abandoned child to long forgotten recollections of a lost brother, the story of the Ryans and the Lisles has been entwined for a century.

Breaking the spell and shattering the chains of the past, Aurora’s story is one of hope in the midst of loss.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-1451655827
Publisher: Atria Books
The Light Behind the Window (Also known as The Lavender Garden)

Unlocking the past is the key to the future.

The present: Emilie de la Martiniéres, who has has never fully embraced her aristocratic background, finds herself isolated as the sole heir to her magnificent childhood home in Southern France following the death of her mother. She discovers an old book of poems, one that will lead her to searching for a girl, Sophia, whose unfortunate love affair altered the course of her family history.

The past (1943 London): Constance Carruthers, a young office clerk drafted into the SOE arrives at the French capital at the height of the war. Involuntarily handing over her identity and ties to her husband after being caught up in a deadly web of lies due to her involvement with a wealthy family, the consequences will be felt for generations.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2012
ISBN: 978-1471320224
Publisher: Paragon
The Midnight Rose

Anahita, an eleven-year-old from a noble yet poverty-stricken family forms a strong bond with Princess Indira—the daughter of a rich Indian royal family. As the official companion to the princess, Anahita accompanies Indira to England right before the outbreak of the First World War. It is while in England that she meets Donald Astbury; the young and reluctant heir to the Donald Astbury.

Eight decades later, young American film star Rebecca Bradley embraces playing a 1920s debutante, as it will not only take her to the remote wild of Dartmoor, England, but also give her some peace after her unstable relationship with her famous boyfriend took an unprecedented turn.

At Astbury Hall, Rebecca meets Ari Malik, the great-grandson of Anahita. What the two discover will bring to light the deep secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-1476703572
Publisher: Atria Books
The Italian Girl

Nothing sings as sweetly as love, or burns quite like betrayal.

At the time that Rosanna Menici, a young and naïve girl, met Roberto Rossini, she had no idea that the man will forever change her life.

Brought together by their impressive talents as opera singer and further cemented by their everlasting love for one another, Rosanna will soon learn that their bond is troubled by irrevocable events from the past.

From the backstreets of Naples to the stages of the most renowned opera houses in the world, The Italian Girl by Lucinda Riley is a touching story of love, treachery and self-awareness.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1447257073
Publisher: Pan Books
The Angel Tree

When Greta arrives at the Marchmont Hall for Christmas, thirty years after she last visited the palatial house in rural Monmouthshire, she doesn’t have vivid memories of her association with the place—by and large due to an unfortunate accident that erased more than twenty years of her life.

But while taking a stroll through the landscape one wintry day, Greta comes across a grave with writings that trigger her eagerness to rediscover her lost memories.

With the help of David, she will begin fitting pieces of the puzzle about herself and that of Cheska; her daughter who became a victim of circumstances well beyond her control.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1447288442
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
The Olive Tree

It is said that anyone who comes to stay at ‘Pandora’ for the first time will fall in love...

Twenty-four years after Helena last spent a breathtaking holiday in Cyprus—a place where she became love smitten for the very first time—she returns to the now fragmented ‘Pandora’ house, a place passed on to her by her godfather, to spend the summer with her family.

Beyond the blissful nature of the Pandora however lies a chain of secrets; one that Helena has steadfastly kept from her husband William and her thirteen year-old son Alex.

Alex is a boy stuck between protecting his mother, growing up and finding out his paternal origin.

As Helena stumbles upon her childhood sweetheart, a number of chain reactions are triggered. And for Helena and Alex, life will never be the same again.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1509824762
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
The Love Letter (Also known as The Royal Secret)

The death of ninety-five year old Sir James Harrison, quiet rightly one of the greatest actors of his time, not only leaves behind a grief-stricken family but also a scandalous secret that would shake the entire English establishment down to its very foundations.

Young and enthusiastic journalist Joanna Haslam—posted to cover the celebrity funeral—comes across a shocking secret beneath all the celebrity glitz; contents of a letter left behind by the deceased that certain people have been desperate to bury for over seventy years.

As Joanna endeavors to peel back the mask of lies, she learns of other forces that will do everything in their power to reach the letter before she does.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1509825042
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
The Butterfly Room

As Posy Montague approaches her seventieth birthday, she can’t help but feel that it’s time to let go of Admiral House—her stunning family home in the picturesque Suffolk countryside.

Although the place holds dear memories not just of her childhood but also that of her own children, Posy feels it’s time to sell the house which is falling apart around her.

Then Freddie, her first love who shattered her heart five decades ago, suddenly reappears with a change of heart.

Despite having her own fair share of family problems, what Posy doesn’t know is that both Freddie and Admiral House have a terrible secret to unveil.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1529014969
Publisher: Pan MacMillan
The Murders at Fleat House

The sudden death of a pupil in Fleat House at St Stephen’s - a small English private boarding school in deepest Norfolk - is a shocking event that the headmaster is very keen to call a tragic accident.

But the local police cannot rule out foul play and the case prompts the return of high-flying Detective Inspector Jazmine ‘Jazz’ Hunter to the force. Jazz has her own private reasons for stepping away from her police career in London but reluctantly agrees to front the investigation as a favor to her old boss.

Reunited with her loyal Sergeant, Alastair Miles, she enters the closed world of the school, and as Jazz begins to probe the circumstances surrounding Charlie Cavendish’s tragic death, events are soon to take another troubling turn.

Charlie is exposed as an arrogant bully and those around him had both motive and opportunity to switch the drugs he took daily to control his epilepsy.

As staff at the school close ranks, the disappearance of young pupil Rory Millar and the death of an elderly Classics Master provide Jazz with important leads but are destined to complicate the investigation further. As snow covers the landscape and another suspect goes missing, Jazz must also confront her own personal demons…

Then a particularly grim discovery at the school makes this the most challenging murder investigation of her career. Because Fleat House hides secrets darker than even Jazz could ever have imagined…

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2022
ISBN: 978-1952457838
Publisher: Blue Box Press

Guardian Angels (Co-authored with Harry Whittaker)

Grace and the Christmas Angel

Because somewhere, an angel is listening . . .

It's Christmas Eve. The tree is decorated, the presents are wrapped and it's a big day for Grace. She is singing a song in the nativity show, and her fisherman daddy has promised to be back in time to watch her. But when a storm blows up at sea, Grace walks out on stage to find Daddy is not there. She's very worried. But luckily, Grace has someone watching over her. Will Hope, the Christmas Angel, be able to help Daddy get home safely for Christmas morning?

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2021
Ebook: B0944142ZG
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Bill and the Dream Angel

Because somewhere, an angel is listening . . .

Bill and his family have just moved house. But even though Bill's room is much bigger than before, and he has a garden to play in, Bill misses his old, familiar home. This new house makes mysterious noises, especially at night. But luckily, Bill has someone watching over him. Will Destiny, the Dream Angel, be able to show Bill that sometimes, the things we don't understand at first turn out to be the most magical discoveries of all?

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2022
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Rosie and the Friendship Angel

Because somewhere, an angel is listening. . .

Rosie has just started a new school, and is just getting used to lots of new things when her teacher asks the class to draw their best friend. Rosie’s not sure what to do – she doesn’t have a best friend yet. Luckily, Frederick the Friendship Angel is on hand to show her that friendship is always around the corner.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B09ZV46V9C
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Alfie and the Angel of Lost Things

Because somewhere, an angel is listening ...

Alfie is going on holiday, and he can't wait! His favourite toy, Bertie, is coming too, of course. He can't wait to show Bertie the view from the plane, and play with him on the beach. But while Alfie is busy on the sand, Bertie goes missing. Luckily, Luna, the angel of lost things, is on hand to reunite Alfie and Bertie, and show Alfie that special friends come in all shapes and sizes!

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2023
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books

Seven Sisters Series

The Seven Sisters

On receiving the sad news of the demise of their father, Maia D’Aplièse and her five sisters assemble at their childhood home situated on the shores of Lake Geneva.

Upon arrival, the sisters are told that Pa Salt, their billionaire adoptive father, has already been buried at sea. Each of the girls is however handed a clue to their true heritage, one that takes Maia all the way to Rio de Janeiro to learn of her true origins.

Eight decades earlier, Izabela Bonifacio’s father hoped that his daughter would marry into aristocracy. But Izabela, vibrant and eager to travel the world, persuades her father and ends up accompanying him, along with his family, to Europe before she is married.

It is in Paris that she meets a young sculptor by the name Laurent Brouilly—a man who will forever change her life.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1476789132
Publisher: Atria Books
The Storm Sister

Ally D’Aplièse learns of the mysterious death of her billionaire adoptive father just when she is about to compete in one of the most dangerous yacht races in the world.

Racing back to meet her five sisters at their family home of ‘Atlantis’, she makes another shocking discovery. Their father, fondly known to them as Pa Salt, has left each of his daughters a clue to their true parenthood.

Wasting little time, Ally deserts the open seas for a trip to Norway to know about her true ancestry. There, she learns of her link with Anna Landvik, a singer who lived there over a century ago.

Several unanswered questions however arise as she learns more about Anna. Who really was Pa Salt? Why can’t the seventh sister be traced?

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1476789149
Publisher: Atria Books
The Shadow Sister

Star D’Aplièse is deeply saddened by the unexpected death of Pa Salt; her billionaire adoptive father. Before his death, Pa Salt left behind clues depicting the true heritage of all his adopted daughters; one that leads Star to an antiquarian bookshop in London to learn where her story initially began.

One hundred years prior to the events, a stubborn and bravely independent Flora MacNichol swore that she will never get married. She leads a decent life in her home in the Lake District, and living next to Beatrix Potter, her idol, makes life all the better.

But events beyond her control force her to move to London where she finds herself a pawn in a game of chess. A meeting with a mysterious man will however reveal the answers that Flora has been searching for her entire life.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1476789156
Publisher: Atria Books
The Pearl Sister

CeCe is at a breaking point when she learns of the mysterious death of her adoptive father, Pa Salt. Having dropped out of Art College, she feels more deserted when her dearest sister Star grows distant as she pursues her new love.

Her desire to learn of her true origin however leads her to England where she comes to learn of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia more than a hundred years ago.

A journey to Thailand and subsequent trip to the Red Centre of Australia reawakens her creative spirit as she learns of the ancient culture of the Aboriginal people. The vast continent offers her something she never thought she would have—a home and a sense of belonging.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1501180040
Publisher: Atria Books
The Moon Sister

Tiggy D’Aplièse instinctively moved to the remote highlands of Scotland after the death of Pa Salt—her elusive adoptive billionaire father who fostered six daughters from all four corners of the world.

It is while taking care of animals on the extensive and isolated Kinnaird estate that Tiggy meets Chilly, an ancient gypsy who has resided on the estate for years. The gypsy reveals to Tiggy that she has a sixth sense inherited from her ancestors.

Further discovering her relationship with the gypsy community of Sacromonte, Tiggy embarks on a remarkable journey from Scotland to Spain, South America to New York, as she embraces her own gift of healing.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1509840106
Publisher: Macmillan Export Ome
The Sun Sister

A top model with fame and fortune, Electra d’Aplièse seemingly has it all. Underneath all the glitter and glamour however is a woman cracking under the pressure.

When her father dies, Electra veers out of course, turning to alcohol and drugs to ease the pain. Her friends and colleagues fear the worst, until she surprisingly receives a letter from a woman whom she has never met; a woman who claims to be her grandmother.

Cecily Huntley-Morgan moved from New York City to Lake Naivasha in Kenya in 1939, thrilled to stay with her godmother and renowned socialite, Kiki Preston.

She grows to love her new home, and even accepts a marriage proposal from Bill Forsythe, until she makes a shocking discovery.

Isolated and alone, Celia meets a young woman in the woods who will forever change her life.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1982110659
Publisher: Atria Books
The Missing Sister

When Georg Hoffman reveals that he could have found The Missing Sister, Maia and Ally learn that they have to head to a vineyard address in New Zealand, and a drawing of a mysterious emerald ring.

Given that CeCe resides in Australia, the sisters decide to send her and her partner Chrissie to probe, marking the beginning of a desperate race to find the Missing Sister.

Mary McDougal, who possesses the emerald ring that can ascertain whether her daughter, Mary-Kate, is indeed the Missing Sister, has however has set off on a journey across the world following the demise of her husband.

Does she really want to be found?

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1952457227
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt

1928, Paris

A boy is found, moments from death, and taken in by a kindly family. Gentle, precocious, talented, he flourishes in his new home, and the family show him a life he hadn’t dreamed possible. But he refuses to speak a word about who is really is.

As he grows into a young man, falling in love and taking classes at the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris, he can almost forget the terrors of his past, or the promise he has vowed to keep. But across Europe an evil is rising, and no-one’s safety is certain. In his heart, he knows the time will come where he must flee once more.

2008, the Aegean

The seven sisters are gathered together for the first time, on board the Titan to say a final goodbye to the enigmatic father they loved so dearly.

To the surprise of everyone, it is the missing sister who Pa Salt has chosen to entrust with the clue to their pasts. But for every truth revealed, another question emerges. The sisters must confront the idea that their adored father was someone they barely knew. And even more shockingly: that these long-buried secrets may still have consequences for them today.

NB: Co-authored with Harry Whittaker.

Author: Lucinda Riley
First Release: 2023
Ebook: B0B1DZCCP5
Publisher: Blue Box Press
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