The Midnight Rose

The Midnight Rose

by Lucinda Riley

Overview: From the #1 international bestselling author of The Orchid House—an epic saga of two remarkable women and two love stories spanning the years from 1920s India to modern-day England. 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 remarkable girl, Anahita Chaval, from 1911 to the present day . . .

In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impov­erished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of Indian royalty. As the princess’s official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of WorldWar I. There, she meets young Donald Astbury—reluctant heir to the magnifi­cent, remote Astbury Estate—and his scheming mother.

Ninety years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she’s relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to a distant cor­ner of the English countryside. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family’s past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty . . .

A multilayered, heartbreaking tale filled with unforgettable characters caught in the sweep of history, The Midnight Rose is Lucinda Riley at her most captivating and unforgettable.

Dale Israel (01/22/17): The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley is just the type of book you want to read on a rainy winter's day or on vacation while relaxing at the beach. In alternting chapters it tells the story of two women from different eras and different countries and how their lives intersect. Part family saga and part mystery, this book was a delight to read although I must admit it isn't fine literature in the same way Pillars of the Earth or Memoirs of Geisha were. At times the writing was a little trite, especially in the "Rebecca" chapters but this did not prevent me from enjoying this lenghy novel. It does, however, cause me to feel conflicted regarding how to rate it. Typically, I reserve a "5" for the best of the best but lately I've started to question my criteria for rating books. Midnight Rose may not be the greatest book written, but it did have a great story line, kept me coming back for more, and gave me hours of pleasure. What more could you ask for from a novel? I hated for this book to end and I'm thrilled that Lucinda Riley has written other highly rated books. Enjoy!

Rating: *****

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