Author Lucinda Riley is a former actress and her novels are certainly befitting of her previous career being full of the dramatic.

Lucinda was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. Drumbeg, near Belfast was her childhood home until she moved to study drama and ballet at school in London at 14.

By age 16 she had completed her first TV role. Lucinda remained in acting for seven years until illness set her on her present career as author, culminating in the seven sisters novels, which themselves are destined for dramatisation in a television series.

I recently read the latest ‘sister’ novel ‘The Pearl Sister’. The story begins with one of the seven sisters, CeCe D’Apliese finding herself feeling alone after the passing of her billionaire father Pa Salt.

Pa Salt adopted CeCe and her six sisters from various places around the world and each book showcases the life of one of the sisters. In the Pearl Sister, CeCe decides to search for her birth parents.

She has a photo of a female relative, a Kitty McBride in her possession. Kitty was brought up in a conservative home by a ministering father who is not as religious as he seems. Kitty escapes the rigid home in Scotland to Australia.

CeCe, like Kitty begins a journey of her own, visiting Australia via Thailand. The ‘twining;’ of the girl’s lives is paralleled by the appearance of twin men in Kitty’s life which leads to some surprising twists.

While Kitty finds romantic love in Australia CeCe, as well as finding potential romantic love also forms a deep love for the Red Centre and her own connection to its Aboriginal artists.

Her artistic career that was suspended when she left art college is resumed with fresh vigour, The novel should be applauded for the prominence of Aboriginal characters and enlightened depiction of same-sex relationships.

The Pearl Sister is out now published by Pan Macmillan.