The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley
|August 31, 2014||Posted by Christa McGrath under Drama, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Suspense|
The Midnight Rose is a sweeping saga that focuses on a girl from India, Anahita, and her journey through life from a child to an elderly lady. The story spans 4 generations. It alternates between the years 1911 to the 1940s and up to present day and travels between the glittering beauty of India and the majestic regality of England. As a young girl, Anahita forms a very close friendship with Princess Indira, whose Indian royal family assumes her care when her beloved mother passes away. Both girls are sent to a school in England during the war and it is there she is introduced to the magnificent Astbury Estate and its inhabitants, including Donald Astbury and his schemeing mother.
Fast forward to present day: The now crumbling Astbury Estate is run by Donald Astbury’s grandson, Lord Anthony. In need of generating income to maintain the Estate, the reclusive grandson allows a filming crew to set up residence to film a 1920s movie starring a famous American actress, Rebecca Bradley. Added to this chaos, Ari Malik (Anahita’s great-grandson from India) unexpectedly visits the Estate on a quest from his family’s past. When their worlds collide, Rebecca and Ari begin to uncover the dark secrets that have haunted the Astbury dynasty for decades.
The story weaves back and forth between the past and the present and a series of letters are woven within. The changes in scenes are written in such a way that it captivates its audience without causing confusion. The story begins to make more sense with each visit to the past. There is a lot going on within The Midnight Rose — a lot of mystery and secrets waiting to be revealed. Some of these may be a little obvious; some may take you completely by surprise. I was a little disappointed that part of Rebecca’s past was eluded as there appeared to be so much potential there, but I still loved the story and adored all its characters, their flaws and all.
Riley is a wonderful and thorough storyteller. There is obvious signs of well-researched historical details within the book — from the glorious descriptions of a British Raj to a remotely magnificent British Estate and everything in between. She cleverly uses elements of intrigue, drama, romance and suspense to unveil a powerful and shocking family secret. I can only hope that the book may some day be developed into a movie. It is that good.
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