All of the Lucinda Riley’s Books in Order!
Who is Lucinda Riley?
Born in Lisburn, Ireland, Lucinda Riley (1966-2021) – also known as Lucinda Edmonds – was, before becoming a popular author, an actress. At 14, she moved to London to a specialist drama and ballet school.
At 16, she got a leading role in a BBC television series called ‘The Story of the Treasure Seekers’. She worked as an actress for the next seven years, before being diagnosed with Epstein Barr virus at age 23.
She turned to writing novels and wrote her first book ‘Lovers and Players’. She became a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold thirteen million copies worldwide.
How to read Lucinda Riley Books in Order?
The Seven Sisters Series
Loosely based on the mythology of the star constellation known as the Pleiades, The Seven Sisters series follows the story of six adopted sisters (Maia, Ally, Star, CeCe, Tiggy, Electra, and Merope) who were raised by their father, a wealthy Swiss billionaire named Pa Salt, on his estate on Lake Geneva.
Everything begins as their adoptive father suddenly dies and leaves each of them a clue to their past. Each novel in the series (except the last one) focuses on the story of one of the sisters as they uncover their true origins and trace their family history.
The sisters travel to different parts of the world, encountering new people and experiences, as they learn about their biological family and the secrets that have been kept from them.
We also have an article entirely dedicated to Lucinda Reiley’s Seven Sisters series.
- The Seven Sisters (2014)
- The Storm Sister (2015)
- The Shadow Sister (2016)
- The Pearl Sister (2017)
- The Moon Sister (2018)
- The Sun Sister (2019)
- The Missing Sister (2021)
- Atlas: The Story of Pa Salt (2023)
The Guardian Angels Series
This heartwarming Guardian Angels series was written by Lucinda Riley and her son Harry Whittaker and illustrated by Jane Ray.
The story began on 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?
Each of the next books follows a different child and his angel:
- Grace and the Christmas Angel (2021)
- Bill and the Dream Angel (2022)
- Rosie and the Friendship Angel (2022)
- Alfie and the Angel of Lost Things (2023)
The Stand-alone novels written as Lucinda Edmonds
Lovers and Players (1992) – Set against the glittering backdrop of the West End theatre and Hollywood, this first novel by an actress follows the intertwined lives and loves of three young women.
Hidden Beauty (1993) – Sweeping across two generations, from the ghettos of Europe to the super-rich enclaves of New York, this book traces the life of Leah Thompson, who rises from nowhere to take the modeling world by storm. But her fateful association with the Delancey family dominates her life.
Enchanted (1994) – Madeleine Vincent, 17, is all set to become a brilliant ballerina until a terrible accident ends her dancing career for life. But with the help of her childhood friend, Sebastian, Maddie discovers she has another talent – a talent that could take her to the top in show business.
Not Quite an Angel (1995) – Cheska Hammond, an international movie star since the age of four, becomes desperate and disillusioned when, as a teenager, her co-star and lover deserts her. Her daughter, Alex, soon discovers that her mother is both a dangerous liability and a tragic victim of an irrevocable past.
Aria (1996) – Set in the world of international opera, this story follows Rosanna who, captivated by the voice of Roberto, takes singing lessons to follow in his footsteps. As her career takes off she heads for Milan and begins a passionate affair with Roberto. This passion sacrifices other aspects of her life.
Losing You (1997) – When struggling musician Con strikes gold with a rock band in ’60s London, he and his partner Sorcha look set for a rosy future. But as their lives change beyond recognition, they start to wonder if they can ever return to the life of simple happiness that they once enjoyed.
Playing With Fire (1999) – Penny Lomax is overwhelmed to be picked to star in one of Robert Marshall’s hit musicals. Her association with Marshall Productions makes her famous, but her friendship with Robert’s daughter Charlie ends up being more complicated than she could have thought possible.
Seeing Double or The Love Letter (2000) – Investigative journalist, Joanna Haslam, as the most junior reporter on her paper’s newsdesk is sent to cover the memorial service of a theatrical knight. The service turns into a drama, and the mystery can be traced back to the early days of the 20th century.
Other Stand-alone novels written as Lucinda Riley
The Orchid House also known as Hothouse Flower (2010) – Spanning from the 1930s to the present day, from the Wharton Park estate in England to Thailand, this sweeping novel tells the tale of a concert pianist and the aristocratic Crawford family, whose shocking secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences.
The Girl on the Cliff (2011) – After a devastating loss, Grania Ryan returns home to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. There, she meets young Aurora while walking along the cliffs. Mysteriously drawn to her, Grania discovers that the histories of their families are strangely and deeply entwined. Can Aurora help Grania understand the past, and change her future?
The Light Behind the Window also known as The Lavender Garden (2012) – Emilie de la Martiniéres has always fought against her aristocratic background, but after the death of her glamorous, distant mother, she finds herself alone in the world and sole inheritor of her grand childhood home in the south of France. An old notebook of poems leads her in search of the mysterious and beautiful Sophia, whose tragic love affair changed the course of her family history.
The Midnight Rose (2013) – Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a girl, Anahita Chavan, from 1911 to the present day . . .
The Angel Tree (2015) – Thirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont Hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the Hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, she has no recollection of her past association with it – the result of a tragic accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. With David’s help, she begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but that of her daughter, Cheska, who was the tragic victim of circumstances beyond her control. And, most definitely, not the angel she appeared to be…
The Olive Tree also known as Helena’s Secret (2016) – It has been twenty-four years since a young Helena spent a magical holiday in Cyprus, where she fell in love for the first time. When the now crumbling house, ‘Pandora’, is left to her by her godfather, she returns to spend the summer there with her family. When, by chance, Helena meets her childhood sweetheart, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens to make her past and present collide.
The Butterfly Room (2019) – Posy Montague is approaching her seventieth birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, Posy knows she must make an agonizing decision. Despite the memories the house holds, she knows the time has come to sell it. Then a face appears from the past – Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken fifty years ago. Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie’s renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie – and Admiral House – have a devastating secret to reveal . . .
The Murders at Fleat House (2022) – 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.
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