☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
What It’s About:
Seven Siblings. Seven Years. Seven Spellbinding Novels.
1972. New Orleans. The remaining six Deschanel siblings live with their long-suffering mother outside New Orleans, in the historic family plantation. Each of them unique. Each of them born with a gift. In some cases, a gift they wish they could give back.
Two years have passed since the tragic loss of one of the seven. Life goes on, but no one is the same. Charles, the playboy, spirals further into the comfort of depravity. Augustus, the fixer, buries his heartache in business. Colleen, the adherent, falls deeper into her own escape, her education. Evangeline, the genius, discovers a life outside her studies, but at a dark cost. And Maureen, the haunted, takes back her power, only to find her autonomy is a false promise, like so many other things in the lives of a Deschanel.
And Elizabeth, the anguished, knows what the others do not. She carries the burden of this knowledge, as she carries all the family’s bleakest moments.
If they thought 1970 was the last of their heartache, they were dead wrong.
The story of Irish Colleen and her six remaining children continues in Sarah Cradit’s 1972: The Seven. Two years after the loss of Madeline, the siblings struggle with her absence in their own unhealthy ways. The story is at times painful and sorrowful, but the Deschanel sibling bond only grows as they struggle through their fated existence.
In this second book, there was a little less focus on the history of the 1970s, and there was even more dedication to the Deschanel backstory. Through this character driven story, fans of the House of Crimson and Clover saga get a deep understanding of what drives the “current day” Deschanels and Sullivans. It is not necessary to have read the House of Crimson and Clover series, and I would say The Seven series is a great place to start reading Ms. Cradit’s epic saga.
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