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)
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.
Credit well spent.
I just didn't want that book to end...this is my second book from this author and frankly, I'm feeling like reading them all. I was afraid of finding a very predictable story both times, but it happened only to a certain extent, leaving my imagination wondering. Delightful book. The narrator was perfect. A must read.
I really love Lucinda Riley and her works. This was no different. She loves to put twists and it makes it nice so I can't predict the book. The narrator this time, was difficult due to her bad portrayal of an American accent. Other than that, really great.
While I enjoyed this complex and well-woven story, one element of the narration was incredibly annoying. The narrator performed believable Indian and English accents to the ear of a non-native of either of those, but one oft repeated word in the American dialect totally spoiled the narration.
Americans of education, and especially those of the 1920s, would never pronounce the name "Antony" as "Ant-knee" and yet the narrator does so repeatedly when trying to use an American accent, rendering the British pronunciation correctly, but coming across as a Rode Island or New Jersey tough instead of a Julliard trained actress. Where was the voice coach?? And why was this one word, which must have occurred on a majority of pages in the book, allowed to spoil the whole?
I hate to sound picky, but such small things become large through frequent repetition.
Just enough magic, mystery, romance and history to make this a wonderful read. I'm in the car a lot and looked forward to a nice long road trip to finish the book.
I thought she was excellent and the only fault I could find is that her American characters pronounced "t" as "d"-- :-)
The best part of this story is how, like in life, the threads of the lives involved intertwine. While it is sad at times, the story reveals the reality of life in its many aspects, both good and bad. Taking the reader on an exciting roller coaster ride of emotions. Through India and England the reader travels through time visiting and experiencing the lives, loves, and losses of the captivating characters.
Ani was my favorite, although Ms. Riley's style of writing endears many of the characters and makes you feel as if you know them intimately.
Definitely Ani!, Ms. Srinivasan's performance is excellently done!
I laughed and cried as I experienced the highs and lows of the character's lives so vividly and colorfully described in the story.
I highly recommend this story. The color and depth of the different locals as well as the way you experience each character makes for one of the best stories I've read in a long time. I look forward to more offerings from Ms. Riley in the future and am a 'forever' fan!
Part of the book is interesting and nicely written, but there is just to much coincidence and girlish mini-tales. She even put a mini-criminal plot in there just to spice things up. It is just too much. Love the start of the story in india though 😀
If you looking to get lost in a novel, you have arrived! This is a wonderful story filled with mystery and rich characters. I couldn't stop listening. The narrator does a fantastic job. Enjoy!
Every time I thought it was going to take on a predictable story line, the tale took enough of a twist to keep it from becoming totally foreseeable.
The narration was superb.
I was sorry to have the book come to an end!
"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!
starting in india with anahita asking her nephew to find her son whom she was told was dead but is convinced is alive then moving to England and ashbury hall where a film is beig made this is a well written story beautifully performed by anjana srinivasan.
"A wonderful story"
Don't know - haven't read the print version
No I haven't but she performed really well with this book. Her switches between characters were flawless and effective
I wanted this story to go on and on forever, but sadly eventually it ended. I am now committed to listening to all Lucinda Rile's stories.
Absolutely love this book. So moving and beautifully written. Don't need to say anymore... Can a word "fantastic" justify it enough?
A brilliant story line which kept me captivated.. Well worth listening Tha narrator was also good.
"Just fabulous - no more to say!"
Marvellous story superbly narrated. Read it! I was gripped from start to finish. Great twist at the end.
Loved this book, have several Lucinda Riley books but not got around to reading them until now. Couldn't put this down, just kept listening as often as I could. Back and forward between India and England and set in two different eras, pulling threads together was so well done.
I've since read The Light Behind the Window, once again set over two different time periods - another winner. I am now going to read all of her books. If they are as good as the first two I have read, I'm in for a treat.
"Good story. Terrible British accents."
Great age-spanning story, from pre WWI India to modern England. Spoiled by frankly hilarious 'British regional' accents. If you get over that, the story is interesting and engaging.
"A roller coaster of a story!"
Surprises, twists & turns
The way that the characters intertwined. The descriptive writing. India, Devon and Yorkshire!
Anahita - what an amazing woman!
Oh yes....but I also did not want it to end......
I have already recommended this book to many.
Relax into this story which made me laugh, cry and gasp in surprise.
A fabulous story
Anaheta [not sure of spelling]. She was someone I could relate to, and would like to be
Her accent, where necessary, made the story more intimate / personal. She brought it to life.
It brought out many emotions: anger at the injustices meted out, sadness and happiness throughout.
I would have liked a little more pause between change of scenes; however it didn't mar my enjoyment of the story. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Too long to listen to in one sitting, but I would have liked to.
Lucinda is a brilliant writer who mixes the past and present seamlessly. Her descriptions are so vivid that I could visualise myself in the places where the story took place.
The ending was a 'work of art'; totally did not see that coming!
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