The Midnight Rose
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 impov-erished 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 magnifi-cent, 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 cor-ner 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mrsdanaalbasha - LibraryThing
For years now, and still my obsession with India is intact. My mom tells me I'm going to hate it when I visit because she did. But I won't make any judgment until I'm there. I love stories set in ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - grandpahobo - LibraryThing
This is quite a saga. It jumps from early 20th century India and England to England in 2011. The characters in the historical story line are well developed and interesting. With a few exceptions, the ... Read full review