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The Feast of Roses | [Indu Sundaresan]

The Feast of Roses

Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.
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Publisher's Summary

In her critically praised debut novel, The 20th Wife, Indu Sundaresan introduced the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa. The story continues in this lush sequel, when Mehrunnisa comes into Jahangir's harem as his 20th and final wife. This time, Jahangir has married for love, and members of his court are worried that Mehrunnisa could exert control over their futures. Their concerns are well founded.

Despite the rivalry of the imperial harem, which has plotted against her from the beginning, Mehrunnisa soon becomes the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire. She rules from behind the veil, securing her status by forming a junta of sorts with her father, brother, and stepson and by risking all, even her daughter, to get what she wants. But she never loses the love of the man who has bestowed this power upon her.

©2003 Indu Sundaresan; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Weaving another rich historical tapestry...Sundaresan colors the life of a fascinating woman whose female wiles inspired the Taj Mahal." (Booklist)
"The novel's scope and ambition are impressive, as are the numerous period details....Readers who enjoyed the first volume will find similar pleasures tracking the fate of one of history's most intriguing women." (Publishers Weekly)
"Sundaresan's love of storytelling is apparent in this well-researched historical romance. She makes sure that the reader stays enthralled from chapter to chapter and, with this sequel, will surely do the same in creating anticipation for her next book." (Library Journal)

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    Mariel LAKE STEVENS, WA, United States 08-12-12
    Mariel LAKE STEVENS, WA, United States 08-12-12 Member Since 2009

    So many books to read...so little time. Why not listen to them instead?!

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    "Very informative..alluring..I can't stop my audio!"
    If you could sum up The Feast of Roses in three words, what would they be?

    Roller coaster ride! Alluring! Romantic!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The independence was very inspiring.


    What does Sneha Mathan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The audio added to my imagination. Reading the book would have been interesting but listening to the audio being read with character, feeling and excitement.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This was an audiobook that I could not stop but had to since I have life.


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    Kenya Irving, TX, United States 11-14-11
    Kenya Irving, TX, United States 11-14-11
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    "really good"

    I loved this book. Couldn't wait to get the sequel "the twentieth wife"! Wonderful reading

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    Alice Columbus, OH, United States 11-16-09
    Alice Columbus, OH, United States 11-16-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Great Historical Fiction"

    I thouroughly enjoyed this exotic book set in the royal court in India.

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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 11-07-09
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 11-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen... Good Story!"

    I hated the ending to come and wished the characters could live on. This is a great squeal to the 20th Wife. I hope Indu Sundaresan will write another historical love story. This would be great if made into a movie. Love it!

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    Jamal ALLENTOWN, PA, United States 03-06-13
    Jamal ALLENTOWN, PA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Historical facts should not be mixed with fictions"
    Would you try another book from Indu Sundaresan and/or Sneha Mathan?

    Not if it is a fictionalized story based on facts because it creats confusion about what is true and what is not. I listened to this book with great interest and enjoyed it very much as I felt that I was learning a lot about the historical figures of India about whom I read in my high school. It is my fault because I did not realize until the end that it was a fiction.

    It was a big let down. Every day after I came home driving from work, I would tell my wife and the kids about what I learned about Nur Jahan, Sha Jahan, Jahangir and so on. So, I am now embarassed to admit to them most of what I told them may not be true. It actually made me very upset.


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