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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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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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Best Narrator Ever!

Such a good story, but the narration made this book. Her array of amazing accents are superb.

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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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Avery intetesting

A good peep into another culture, human nature, and history. Makes you think about people

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Long listen but gripping . Excellent narrator

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it's absolutely long but quite the listen.
gripping. I admit I neglected my life to listen this.
I took my portable speakers with me everywhere to listen.
What a story.
The narrator is excellent. Best pairing ever.
Absolutely excellent.
I'm going to have to find all books she narrated and listen.

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Magnificent story telling

This was one of the best books I have ever read/ listened too, such an incredible story. I was addicted from the first page.

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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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Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was simply excellent!
The writing exquisite in places especially describing the thoughts and deeds of the girls when they were children.

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Beautiful intriguing story

I totally underestimated how much this book would grip me .
The story & characterisation is simply top class .

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Brilliant story and narration!

A very moving story narrated in the most beautiful way. This combination made this listen really enjoyable, and one to remember!
The characters were so believable and interesting. This is my favourite book by LR. I would highly recommend it!

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  • 17-09-21

Very pleased

As Lucinda's Riley's Seven Sisters, The Midnight Rose is a marvellous story, engaging events that immediately captivated my attention. I have read all Sven Sisters collections, and this one was given a total as listening on the Audible app. As a reading, the listening was pure enjoyment. I am willing to put my hands, eyes or ears on in other fabulous writer creations. Greatly recommend.

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  • 18-01-22

AMAZING story!

Narrator is brilliant and the story very captivating- a must read. I love Lucinda Riley books and this was one of the best ever.

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  • Maria
  • 12-11-21

Predictable, boring and annoyingly narrated

Very little about this story felt genuine to me, and the retrospective bird's eye view that kept hopping back and forth between a collection of "main" characters, while at the same time flying forward and backward in time and place, did nothing to truly draw me into their experiences. The settings were, even when lavish, lifeless, because I never actually FELT the heat or the cold, or anything else. The characters were, for the most part, two-dimensional stereotypes I could not muster any empathy for. And the all-too-common trope of the wise and gifted "native medicine-woman" who can sense the future (unlike white people) mixes very oddly with her love of British novelists, and the fact she supposedly read "The Origen of Species" by Darwin. I could not suspend my disbelief, or forget this was a story and plot dreamed up in the author's head and imagination because it just didn't ring true on too many levels.

And what's up with female British narrators who refuse to even TRY to lower and deepen the timber of their voice at least a little when men are speaking? The only way I could tell when it was a male character talking was because he sounded a bit louder and more strident and impatient. Really annoying, and doesn't help with the Romance factor, which was already quite flat.

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  • Sheila Brody
  • 10-11-21

So loved this book.

Everything about it is mesmerizing! I highly recommend it. Narrator was amazing. Wonderful story. So good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-21

Awesome

I could not wait for the story to end as it was so riveting- wish it continued on to the next generation’s story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-21

Another delicious read

The character development, culture, history & being human are all braided together into top class story-telling.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-21

WOW, truly a well written story

It's been awhile since I have read a book that made me cry. This is a wonderful story, truly brilliant and the narration is excellent really brought the story to life.

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  • Florida Dancer
  • 24-06-22

Enchanting

Loved the way we were shown how the past influences the present, something we don’t have access to so much in our every day lives. The author Lucinda Riley was particularly good at this.

I enjoy books with ties to India, & the glimpse of how things were done in the past there. Lovely ending.

The narrator was absolutely fantastic, wish I could’ve given her six stars! As we all know, a narrator can make or break an audiobook.

The characters were well thought out and brought to life with so much compassion for each of them (other than the one that was truly odious - there are truly evil people in the world). There were no shallow characters that were just assigned roles “good guy” or “bad guy”. It was just everyone doing the best they could with what they had at the time.

I do like Lucinda Riley so much, I have read almost everything she wrote.

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  • MandyK
  • 23-05-22

Loved it!

Might be one of my favourites of Lucinda’s books. Great Narration as well. The different accents really made the book come to life.

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  • K. Wainwright
  • 08-02-22

Twist

Very enjoyable, with a twist. Typical Riley style. Lots of romance and intrigue. Enjoyed it.