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Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley
  

Midnight Rose

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A big, dual-time saga of India and the First World War, contrasting with the present and the shooting of a 1920’s film. It’s a mixture of narratives and periods along with a diary and an old woman’s story so lots going on. It revolves around said woman, Anahita, wanting to find her ‘dead’ son. A huge epic story from 1911 on, the pages melt away very quickly with each chapter dedicated to separate times, places and events, making it easy to keep track of what at the start appeared a complicated tale. Highly recommended.

If you like Lucinda Riley you might also like to read books by Kate Morton, Julia Gregson and Santa Montefiore.

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Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

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 ...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 rich Indian royalty. Becoming the princess's official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury -- reluctant heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate -- and his scheming mother. Eighty 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 the wilds of Dartmoor in England. 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 ...

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I finished The Midnight Rose on the flight back, and I loved it! What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled to keep reading to the very last page. I loved the fabulously Gothic settings in the UK, with the wonderful descriptions of India alongside them . . . And all the appalling injustices of that time towards women, foreigners and people of lower class were masterfully portrayed - with the depiction of the modern world's treatment of celebrities making a really interesting counterpoint. It was just the perfect book to get lost in at an airport - the time flew by! . . . A real treat -- Katherine Webb Irish-born Riley is quietly becoming a huge success story * Red Magazine * A captivating read from Lucinda Riley. Ideal for a book club * DailyMail.co.uk/Femail * Spellbinding storytelling * Choice Magazine * A strong, often nostalgic offering * Daily Express Weekend * Romantic fiction at its most captivating * Lancashire Evening Post * This is a beautifully written story that captures the imagination * Shropshire Star * I finished The Midnight Rose on the flight back, and I loved it! What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled to keep reading to the very last page. I loved the fabulously Gothic settings in the UK, with the wonderful descriptions of India alongside them . . . And all the appalling injustices of that time towards women, foreigners and people of lower class were masterfully portrayed - with the depiction of the modern world's treatment of celebrities making a really interesting counterpoint. It was just the perfect book to get lost in at an airport - the time flew by! . . . A real treat -- Katherine Webb Irish-born Riley is quietly becoming a huge success story * Red * A captivating read from Lucinda Riley. Ideal for a book club * DailyMail.co.uk/Femail * Spellbinding storytelling * Choice Magazine * A strong, often nostalgic offering * Daily Express Weekend * Romantic fiction at its most captivating * Lancashire Evening Post * This is a beautifully written story that captures the imagination * Shropshire Star *


About the Author

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and four children.

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Publication date

16th January 2014

Author

Lucinda Riley

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www.lucindariley.com

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
688 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781447218432

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