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The Midnight Rose | [Lucinda Riley]

The Midnight Rose

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…
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

‘Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered’ (GRAZIA on The Girl on the Cliff)

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    Leslie Lake Huntington, NY, United States 01-20-14
    Leslie Lake Huntington, NY, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Historical romance at It's BEST !!!!"
    What did you love best about The Midnight Rose?

    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 !!!!!!!!!!


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

    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.


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

    YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    How long to we have to wait for the next Lucinda Riley book ???

    She is on my list of FAV's !!!!!!!!!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Roswell, GA, United States 02-26-14
    Catherine Roswell, GA, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Great Story with a Superb Performance!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katie 05-17-14
    Katie 05-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Until the bitter end..."
    Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ernestine Marshall 11-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully written story, I wanted it to continue"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    2 story lines that connected


    Which scene was your favorite?

    not sure


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was wondering if Ari or Rebecca where in any more of Lucinda's books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia Erickson 09-15-14
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    "A disappointing Midnight Rose"
    What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

    Good story idea but weak main character--the actress! Could have been much shorter to get the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Anjana Srinivasan?

    No. She had a hard time going from her Indian voice to the English voices.


    Could you see The Midnight Rose being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, if the main character is not a "weak" actress.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JEANNINE 09-14-14
    JEANNINE 09-14-14
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    "Really loved this one"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Meredith darien 37012, CT, USA 08-23-14
    Meredith darien 37012, CT, USA 08-23-14 Member Since 2005
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    "All around wonderful"
    Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midnight Rose?

    The narrators voice, it was perfect. The story was a good old fashioned read.


    What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

    The gentle lilt in her voice


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

    Yes, I wish I could have but then again, I didn't want it to end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christina 08-16-14
    christina 08-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best books I've ever read!!!"
    Would you listen to The Midnight Rose again? Why?

    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!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how everything came full circle.


    What about Anjana Srinivasan’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job and she was part of the reason I enjoyed the book as much as I did!


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

    After the book got going it was hard for me to put it down


    Any additional comments?

    Im a now looking for another book by Ms Riley, why stop at one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jodi California 07-31-14
    Jodi California 07-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another great book by Lucinda Riley"
    Would you listen to The Midnight Rose again? Why?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Midnight Rose to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to people to like the past and present style


    Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I thought she did an excellent job considering how many voices she has to do


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Very similar to Hothouse Flower"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    BLANDFORD FORUM, United Kingdom
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    "A Beautiful Love Story with a Difference"
    What made the experience of listening to The Midnight Rose the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was extremely good, taking on the various accents brilliantly. Plus the story was so fascinating I couldn't stop listening


    What other book might you compare The Midnight Rose to, and why?

    The Orchard House - because it too went back in time and to an exotic location - another beautiful story.


    What does Anjana Srinivasan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Heidi
    Banstead, United Kingdom
    2/21/14
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    "I'm a convert to audible books"
    Where does The Midnight Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was my first audible book and I loved it.. I listened to it while dog walking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The atmosphere created by both the author and the narrator of life in India and the Uk Both in the 1920s and present day.


    Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first but I was so impressed with the accents of the different characters


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

    Too long for one sitting but I certainly looked forward to my daily instalment.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a complete convert to audible books.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    4/12/14
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    4/6/14
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah
    Stafford, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Nice enough"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think the plots and sub plots need beefing up and the storyline needs to be more believable.


    What aspect of Anjana Srinivasan’s performance might you have changed?

    On the whole a soothing voice but some accents poor.


    Did The Midnight Rose inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to another book with India as main story line


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget Nodder
    NI
    7/17/14
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    "what a story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. You couldn't fail to fall under its spell !!


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

    No happy to come back to. In fact couldn't wait to come back to it - I enjoyed the delayed gratification!! Sad!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sonia
    SHEFFIELD, United Kingdom
    7/16/14
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    "Captivating"
    What did you like most about The Midnight Rose?

    I loved the story and the fabulous detail of British India and Anahita's early years


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anahita's character was wonderful such strength in the face of adversity


    Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but she was wonderful. Her accents were fantastic and the delivery was impeccable.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me thoughtful


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful book. The only part that was a little implausible was Anthony's character disintegration towards the end

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jilliji
    6/21/14
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Collingwood, Australia
    3/16/14
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    "Enchanting story but the blue eyes?"
    If you could sum up The Midnight Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting and a traditional good story.


    Have you listened to any of Anjana Srinivasan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but she is very good with a wide variety of accents.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is very relaxing to listen to and at times, it did make me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    2/24/14
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    "Evocative and moving"
    Would you try another book written by Lucinda Riley or narrated by Anjana Srinivasan?

    Most definitely. Lucinda writes the most evocative and moving stories, I wept with joy and sorrow


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anita such a brave woman


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The closing psges


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Joy and sadness


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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