Title: The Midnight Rose
Author: Lucinda Riley
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: March 2014
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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 Indian royalty. As the princess's official
companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the
outbreak of World War I. There, she meets young Donald Astbury—reluctant
heir to the magnificent, remote Astbury Estate—and his scheming mother.
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 corner 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 . . ."
My Two Cents:
"The Midnight Rose" is the
story of Anahita, a young girl who has the fortune of being taken in
under the wing of Princess Indira, a daughter of Indian royalty. Even
thought Anahita is not a princess, she goes where the Princess goes,
which means her life is open to many more possibilities than other girls
of her time and social stature. Almost 100 years later, film star
Rebecca is filming in an old English manor. The residents of the manor
seem to be hiding a secret that Rebecca will unravel before she leaves.
Told in two different times, this book is filled with twists, turns, and
Historical fiction books set in two times are
often a mixed bag for me. Typically, I end up liking the story set in
the past but not the one set in the present because so much of the
present story falls back on the past story and would seem rather flat
without it. This book is definitely not that way. The present story
still has a lot of twists and turns that have very little to do with the
story set in the past. This made the present day story feel much more
exciting to me. It also made the story feel more balanced.
book is set between India and England, two places that I love to read
about. The author gives really good descriptions of both places - this
is the kind of book that you get lost in. I especially loved the
description of Anahita growing up in India. There are so many good
descriptions of the court and what it was like to live at court. Anahita
follows the princess to school in England and I loved the descriptions
of how different both of them find England and how both of them deal
with the differences. In the present day, the descriptions of the manor
and the secret that it hides are fantastic. Anahita has a love affair
with an English gentleman in the past story that will drive the mystery
at hand in the present day story.
This book kept me on my toes
and I love the way the author was able to bring everything together in a
nice, neat way by the end of the book. This is a solid choice for
historical fiction lovers!