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Lucinda Riley , Anjana Srinivasan
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16 April 2014
In the heyday of the British Raj, Anahita becomes Princess Indira s official companion, and accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets the young Donald Astbury reluctant heir to a magnificent, estate and his scheming mother. Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. Her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, takes her to the now-crumbling Astbury Hall...
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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books; Unabridged Audiobook 14 CDs edition (16 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471262014
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471262012
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and wrote her first book aged 24. Her novel 'Hothouse Flower' (also called 'The Orchid House') was selected for the UK's Richard and Judy Bookclub in 2011 and went on to sell 2 million copies worldwide. She is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and has topped the bestseller charts in four European countries.

In response to demand from her readers, she has recently re-written two books from her early writing career when published under her maiden name Lucinda Edmonds - the books are now being published as 'The Italian Girl' and 'The Angel Tree'.

'The Seven Sisters' is the first of a unique seven book series based allegorically on the mythology of the famous star constellation.

Lucinda's books are translated into 28 languages and published in 38 countries. She lives with her husband and four children on the North Norfolk coast in England and in the South of France.


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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) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and travelled extensively during her childhood, particularly to the Far East. Moving to London, she became an actress, working in film, theatre and television. At twenty-four, she wrote her first novel based on her experiences as an actress, then went on to write seven further novels that have been translated into fourteen languages. Her novel, The Hothouse Flower, was published in 2010 and was selected by the Richard and Judy Bookclub. It will be published in fifteen other counties. Lucinda's most recent novel, The Girl on the Cliff, published in 2011. She currently lives in Norfolk and France with her husband and four children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'm a big fan of Lucinda Riley's novels. As a rule, I'm not an habitual purchaser of this genre of historical family sagas, so the fact that I nevertheless devour her books and pounce on them as soon as they are published, might say something about how very good and potentially 'genre-busting' they are...

I was a bit worried, having enjoyed her previous novels so much, that The Midnight Rose might not live up to the high standard set, I was thinking (perhaps unkindly) it might be cashing in on the author's recent fame ... but it absolutely DID deliver the goods and more!

The plotting, as always, is superb, weaving between the decades with huge skill and assurance. The sections on India in the days of the British Raj are incredibly evocative and so well-researched, I was transported there in an instant. After reading The Midnight Rose, I recently overheard an interview with the author by the BBC Radio presenter Nikki Bedi, who is half-Indian herself - she remarked on how authentic the dialogue of the Indian characters sounded, and I totally agree! I also found the setting of Astbury Hall - which is being used as a film set in the modern-day parts of the book -- highly atmospheric.

All the characters past and present are mesmerising, I believed in their story arcs and became completely involved with them. I won't go into detail of the plot as I don't want to give too much away, and I'm sure other reviewers will cover the basics better than me. Suffice to say, the whole thing works beautifully on one level as a captivating story. But what I personally found particularly compelling is the way the book blends romantic fiction with some quite complex themes - yet all done without ramming them down your throat.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Midnight Treat! 18 Jan 2014
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Lucinda Riley became a must-read author for me when I read her second novel The Girl On The Cliff. It blew me away, it was such an intricate, enjoyable story, and it even made me cry. Books don't always make me cry, but when they do I know they were a good read. So I was super pleased to receive a copy of her new novel The Midnight Rose, although the sheer size of it made me gasp. Coming in at just under 650 pages, it's one of the longest novels I've ever read, if not the longest. It may only be marginally smaller than a Harry Potter book! I was a bit concerned, I don't read books that are mega long, just because generally they don't hold my attention, but, actually, the only reminder of the sheer size of The Midnight Rose was the effect it was having on my thumb. It is now numb and I can't feel it, and feel like I will never recover the feeling.

The Midnight Rose is quite the epic tale, but at its heart it is the story of Anahita Chavan, who at the grand old age of 100 knows that time is running out for her. She will soon be joining her contemporaries in heaven, or the Indian equivalent, and so she entrusts in her great-grandson Ari the tale of her life, asking him that, when he is ready, he will try and find out what happened to her son, Moh. She was told he died at the age of three, but Anahita never really believed that, and when Ari rocks up at Astbury Hall, where Rebecca Bradley is busy filming her new movie, they both become embroiled in the tale of Anahita Chavan, and the Astbury's. A tale that spans generations and contains many secrets which are about to come to the fore.

Lucinda Riley is one of the most accomplished storytellers I will ever come across, and reading her work again has reminded me again of how much I adore her writing.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars That's Entertainment! 20 Jan 2014
By Lovely Treez TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Sometimes I need a good dollop of escapism in my reading material, especially during the dreary Winter months when sunshine is in short supply. Fortunately I had The Midnight Rose, Lucinda Riley's latest novel, to keep me entertained when the Christmas festivities had fizzled out.

This is the story of Anni (Anahita) Chavan, a tale which spans four generations and two continents. As Anni celebrates her 100th birthday in Darjeeling, India, surrounded by her extended family, she decides to entrust her great-grandson, Ari, with the task of uncovering long buried family secrets - secrets which will lead him to Astbury Hall and the staid world of the English aristocracy.

As the novel progresses, we see the vivid colours of India at the height of the Raj; a warm, vibrant setting which contrasts sharply with the cold, reserved atmosphere which awaits Anni when she comes to England. The characters are larger than life, particularly the strong women in the shape of Anni and her nemesis, Lady Maud Astbury.

The Midnight Rose is a thoroughly entertaining read which will appeal to those who enjoy historical sagas in the style of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Lesley Pearse and perhaps fans of Downton Abbey. Yes, there are a few predictable elements but there's no doubt Ms Riley can spin a good yarn to keep her readers captivated.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An engrossing saga (three and half stars) 24 Feb 2014
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Spanning across an entire century and two continents, The Midnight Rose makes for an epic tale, and consists of two intersecting stories cleverly woven together. Anahita Chavan is a young Indian girl who finds herself as companion to Indira, a rather spoiled but enigmatic Princess. Just ahead of World War 1 breaking out the two travel over to England to attend boarding school, where Anahita crosses paths with the Astbury family, her life thereafter changing forever. In present day England, Hollywood starlet Rebecca Bradley finds herself filming a period piece at the charmingly old-fashioned and dated Astbury Hall; yet it soon becomes apparent that the Hall has a tragic past, and when Ari Malik, a dashing young Indian man comes calling eager to put together the missing pieces of a family mystery, Rebecca finds herself becoming more and more involved in helping uncover the dark secrets of the past.

Lucinda Riley certainly knows how to spin a good tale, her stories always ambitious in scope; and it is fair to say The Midnight Rose is probably her most aspiring yet. Certainly she seems to have done her research; and in particular paints a vivid picture of India in the early 1900s, her depictions of the Royal Palaces and life within the Zenanas quite brilliantly brought to life. She also excels in highlighting the marked contrast between the two continents in all respects, from the sights and smells to the differences in culture and people; whilst also depicting the common parallels. Personally I have to say I probably found the first half of the story set mostly in India more enjoyable, purely for the insight it gave and the vibrancy with which it was depicted; Anahita's later story in England seeming more familiar material and less arresting as a result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book takes you back in time
Beautifully written book about life in India and England in the early 1900s. Couldn't put it down and loved every page!
Published 1 day ago by Vera H
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A great book! I (or better still; "we", as my husband read it too!) agree with all the other enthusiastic readers. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars good holiday read
Unchallenging and absorbing. Just what you need when you want to relax and enjoy an engrossing book without much effort.
Published 11 days ago by debbieg
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure a lot of ladies will enjoy this escapism
A lovely written novel, just a bit too girlie for me, I knew what was coming. Don't let me put you off, but I prefer more of a page turner, it was a bit drawn out. Read more
Published 12 days ago by penelope
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Wonderful read, couldn't put it down! Real characters, lots of twists & turns to keep your interest, hope you enjoy as much as I did
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I absolutely loved this book. It was an easy read with a story that really drew me in and had me gripped the whole way through. Highly recommended.
Published 15 days ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book.
Wonderful book ... could not put it down. Lucinda is a fantastic writer ... all her books are beautifully written. Cannot wait for the next one fro her.
Published 17 days ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden children of the Raj
Excellent novel. Really well written about Anglo Indian children of white civil servants serving in India. Who are hidden away wnted by neither race. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mrs. Susan Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars ... copy was bought for my daughter because I had enjoyed it so much
This copy was bought for my daughter because I had enjoyed it so much. She is part way through and loving the story too.
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