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 loved this book. I could not stop listening. The writer kept you wanting to hear what comes next, and never disappoints.
The reader was a pleasure to listen to.
The story of a woman's life , filled with joy , sadness, frustration about old traditions which inhibitated relationships.
To modern days where freedom to choose how to live your life by your own dictates.
A true love story , with a good ending.
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.
At times the story reminded me of a Lifetime movie. However, I found myself staying up to listen. Not quite as good as a Kate Morton's book, but I would still recommend it for light reading.
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.
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.
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.
The story was intriguing all the way to the end. I almost couldn't put it down.
The only drawback was the narrator's HORRIBLE American accent. Her Indian and British accents were lovely, but basic things, such as the fact that American's don't say schedule like shedule but like skedule were overlooked. At times her words were so garbled that it was hard to understand her. Luckily only about 1/4 of the book is said with the American accent, but it definitely detracted from my enjoyment of the book. I'd buy the print copy and read it!
A mystery that spans decades and multiple people whose lives intertwine. Sometimes things tied up too neatly but that didn't matter as I was totally swept into their lives. The characters were interesting, especially Anahita. Like other readers I found Rebecca a bit wimpy but her role was crucial. The narration was quite good though it jarred every now and then, but I'd certainly listen to her again. I couldn't wait to see how it ended and I hated for it to end.
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.
"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!
A most absorbing story beautifully narrated except for some rather odd mispronunciations which jarred somewhat but didn't detract from the story overall. It's the first Lucinda Riley that I have read and once I got into it I was hooked. Aside from some rather glaring holes in the story line where you just have to suspend disbelief in a big way, the book is a most enjoyable light read.
"Disappointed in the narrator."
This story is going to be amazing. I have thoroughly enjoyed lucinda Riley's other books on audible but the narrator was so monotone I have returned the book to audible and purchased the kindle version to read myself. I found that each sentence just ran into the next without a pause to punctuate the story. So disappointed but looking forward to a good read.
"Wonderful yarn, only slightly flawed"
Loved the evocative descriptions of India and the captivating plot. The narrative pieces slotted together in jigsaw fashion right to the final page. As others have said, the fly in the ointment was the weak modern day plot and the frankly ludicrous psycho Norman Bates scenes towards the end. This kind of portrayal of mental health struggle is so outdated.
Narrator did a fantastic job of the Indian plot and characters, however her cockney and British regional accents would make Dick Van Dyke blush!
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.
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