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…
©2014 Lucinda Riley (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
‘Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered’ (GRAZIA on The Girl on the Cliff)
I love the format of "then" (1918) and now and how gracefully Lucinda Riley's words dance between the two separate time periods. Midnight Rose provides a perfect balance of historical facts mixed in with a heavy dose of romance !!!!!!!!!!
She has a wide range of charater voices and does of perfect job bouncing between the tight repressed voices of the Brits and the emotionally abadoned voices of the indian characters.
How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???
She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!
Loved this story for the obvious reasons...romance, history, past vs. present...it's all there. In my humble opinion, this is the perfect recipe for a great AUDIObook: lots of great stories out there, but the narrator makes this awesome! (So many narrators today are annoying and just plain bad! They over-enunciate and are flat and boring.) Ms. Srinivasan really brings this to life.
Fair to middle... It was a good way to while the time cleaning my house, and I learned something about the era by listening to it, but I grew annoyed by some of the characters and plot twists.
Frustrated and eyeball rolling. Cop out on one of the loose ends being unresolved. But all the other loose ends tying so well together (especially in the epilogue) kind of ruined the book for me.
I'm sorry to say this but the American accent was awful and horribly distracting. She sounded like she'd studied old John Wayne movies to get her pronunciation for all the American characters.
2 story lines that connected
I was wondering if Ari or Rebecca where in any more of Lucinda's books
Good story idea but weak main character--the actress! Could have been much shorter to get the story.
No. She had a hard time going from her Indian voice to the English voices.
Yes, if the main character is not a "weak" actress.
One of those long and winding story lines that you can't wait to get back to. I recently read a few books where at halfway I figured out the end and was just annoyed it took the characters so long to figure it out This one kept you guessing up to the end. I totally loved the very end, so much so I am writing this review. Narration was wonderful. Anjana. Srinivasan had it all, between the accents and inflections I always knew who was speaking.
This is one of my favorite books
The narrators voice, it was perfect. The story was a good old fashioned read.
The gentle lilt in her voice
Yes, I wish I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end
I enjoyed this book for many reasons, it was very engaging with a great love story and drama! The book was well written and the narrator performed excellent with all the different foreign accents. I will be listening to this again! Two thumbs up!
I loved how everything came full circle.
She did a great job and she was part of the reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did!
After the book got going it was hard for me to put it down
Im a now looking for another book by Ms Riley, why stop at one
No because I listen to books when I run. If I already know the story I wont be motivated to get out and run as often.
Yes to people to like the past and present style
No, but I thought she did an excellent job considering how many voices she has to do
Some was predictable and some was a surprise, but I like this author so know what to expect. I did get a little tearful at the end, even though it was a bit contrived, I really enjoy this story.
I read this book and hothouse flower right after each other and felt like I was reading the same book and could predict what was going to happen next.
"A Beautiful Love Story with a Difference"
The narrator was extremely good, taking on the various accents brilliantly. Plus the story was so fascinating I couldn't stop listening
The Orchard House - because it too went back in time and to an exotic location - another beautiful story.
She has a lovely clear voice, very concise and read it at just the right speed. Very good at all the different accents. Her narration brought the story and people to life. Would definitely recommend her.
It made me cry and sad as Anahita didn't know what a wonderful life her son had and also because there is nothing worse than losing your child for whatever reason
Lucinda Riley does write wonderful books, with just the right amount of romance and mystery, and her descriptions of places and people are amazing. Love her books.
"I'm a convert to audible books"
This was my first audible book and I loved it.. I listened to it while dog walking.
The atmosphere created by both the author and the narrator of life in India and the Uk Both in the 1920s and present day.
No this was the first but I was so impressed with the accents of the different characters
Too long for one sitting but I certainly looked forward to my daily instalment.
I'm a complete convert to audible books.
"Did enjoy it but a bit longwinded"
I thought the narrative was really good and it kept my interest in the story. This is the first book I have read by Lucinda Riley and I would try another. It was likened to books by Kate Morton which I really love. I would have to say it was nowhere near as good as Ms Morton. It was a bit longwinded in places and could have been shortened and been just as effective. I did enjoy it though and would recommend it.
"Enjoyable but not my favourite."
I have listened to all Lucinda Riley's books and have thoroughly enjoyed them. This is good and well worth listening to if you like an easy listen. The story is well read and the and change of time give interest. I eagerly await the authors next novel.
This was a nice enough story, some parts unbelievable and flat yet others rather emotional. Okay listen but did fall asleep a number of times.
I think the plots and sub plots need beefing up and the storyline needs to be more believable.
On the whole a soothing voice but some accents poor.
Listen to another book with India as main story line
"what a story"
Absolutely. You couldn't fail to fall under its spell !!
No happy to come back to. In fact couldn't wait to come back to it - I enjoyed the delayed gratification!! Sad!
Only recently discovered Lucinda Riley and what a find. Such a storyteller all quite complicated plots but you really get involved in the story. Highly recommend all her books. Now sadly on the last one!
I loved the story and the fabulous detail of British India and Anahita's early years
Anahita's character was wonderful such strength in the face of adversity
No, but she was wonderful. Her accents were fantastic and the delivery was impeccable.
It made me thoughtful
Wonderful book. The only part that was a little implausible was Anthony's character disintegration towards the end
"A great tale"
This is a great book concerning an Indian woman who comes to England as a companion to an Indian princess before the first world war and stays at one of the gentrified estates in Devon. This book is her very compelling life story. It also features an American movie star, a Lord and an Indian male who comes seeking family secrets soon after his Grandmother has died. Generally an engrossing listen, if not a bit far fetched in places, which spoilt it a bit in my opinion. There are an awful lot of characters and accents to come to grips with and the narration is poor in places but must have been an enormous challenge for one person having to be so many characters and sound convincing.
"Enchanting story but the blue eyes?"
Enchanting and a traditional good story.
No, but she is very good with a wide variety of accents.
It is very relaxing to listen to and at times, it did make me laugh and cry.
The motif of a blue-eyed baby isn't really credible when biology dictates that you need two parents with blue eye genes for a baby to have blue eyes!
"Evocative and moving"
Most definitely. Lucinda writes the most evocative and moving stories, I wept with joy and sorrow
Anita such a brave woman
The closing psges
Joy and sadness
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