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Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Epic Novel award in the Romantic Novelists Association Books Awards.

Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley 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....

A lifelong passion. An endless search.

In the heyday of the British Raj, 11-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....

©2020 Lucinda Riley (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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  • Marva
  • 01-03-21

Painful, beautiful and uplifting

I am a big fan of Lucinda Riley, but The Midnight Rose I think is my favorite of her many stellar creations. I cried my heart out, and also felt it open up to the beauty and glorious wonder, many times as I listened. What a remarkable gift this book is, as I write this, just having heard the last words, and with tears in my eyes. So complex, but yet, as in life itself, somehow ultimately the strewn stories and wispy paths of life and happenstance, wove into a shimmering vision of clarity. Such a beautiful recollection of a collection of lives. Tears of knowledge and lasting lessons remain. This is a book that will endure. Thank you, Lucinda Riley, for this gift.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-21

Captivating story

The book kept me spellbound. Definitely worth reading. It is a mixture of the present and flashbacks to the past.

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  • Beatrice
  • 03-01-21

Compelling story

Believable characters. Arresting story in a can’t put this book down way. Lots of interesting botanical information that was relevant to the story.

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  • Autumn Rose
  • 07-12-20

one of my favourite of the year!

Fabulous story I didn't want it to end! Well structured...narrated....A lovely surprise! Would recommend this book....looking for more from this author!

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  • Shauna
  • 22-11-20

Fantastic book

I thought this book was incredible, loved the story and the characters. So well written. Thought the narrator did brilliant also!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-02-21

Amazing

This book is highly recommended. Its well narrated, it brings the reader from India to England on a rollercoaster of a journey, enjoy I did

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  • karen jakes
  • 17-02-21

fabulous

beautifully narrated, this is by far the best lucinda riley book i have listened to. i cant wait to start another.

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  • N M
  • 07-02-21

Glorious!

Best narrator I’ve ever listened to and I was gripped by the story from beginning to end!

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  • K Gupta
  • 02-02-21

Captivating

My first Lucinda Riley novel and I was not disappointed! Had me captivated for hours. Narrated beautifully the story has many unpredictable twists and turns that had me guessing till the end. Can't wait to listen to more of her work.

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  • Mandie B.
  • 30-01-21

awsome

this is the best book I've ever listened to. I didnt want it to end.

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  • Jacqueline Benz
  • 22-11-20

Irresistible suspense!

The story of Annahita and Rachel is compelling, there was not one boring moment; I recommend it to all those who enjoy an unconventional story that spans two very different eras. I also liked that there was no unnecessarily vulgar language etc. ENJOYED IMMENSELY!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-21

Loved the narrator!

And the story too.
I choose my books mostly based on the narration.
This was a fantastic choice!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-02-21

Beautiful! Just beautiful!!

Loved this book... such a beautiful story.... couldn't stop listening! Love this author and narration was great too!

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  • Sue Pickering
  • 03-02-21

Beautiful Story

I loved this book which takes you to India during British rule. Twists, turns. a passionate love story and tragedy.

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  • Francine Roberts
  • 07-01-21

Wow Brilliant book !!!!!!!

This book was a really good read/listen. I have rated this as number one in my collection of books. Lucinda Riley has written this book brilliantly and the narration was very good,she obviously did a huge amount of research into writing this and it shows. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-20

riveting from start to finish.

I have read many of Lucinda Riley 's books. This is by far the best. definitely a 'must' read.