The Midnight Rose

The Midnight Rose

Large Print - 2014
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In the heyday of the British Raj, young Anahita, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a friendship with a royal Indian girl. Anahita accompanies her to England just before the outbreak of World War I, where she meets Donald Astbury, reluctant heir to the magnificent Astbury Estate. Ninety years later, Anahita's great-grandson arrives at the crumbling estate on a quest for his family's past.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Kennebec Large Print, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large Print edition
ISBN: 9781410468109
1410468100
Branch Call Number: LPF RIL NVD
Characteristics: 839 pages (large print) ; 22 cm

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ruthfowler514
Jun 03, 2016

A book with many angles. I really enjoyed the perspective of a young Indian woman having to adjust to life in England in the early 20th century. The earlier sections about Rebecca, the actress, didn't do much for me, but as the story picked up, her sections became more interesting. The pace really picked up for the last quarter of the book. I was satisfied with how it ended.

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Liselara
Dec 28, 2015

I selected this the library to read over the holiday season (thick as a brick in large print) and once I picked it up, I rarely put it down. This is a beautifully written saga spanning several generations from the early 1900's in India to Britain and Europe, through the first world war, English classes v. India castes with a quiet love story interwoven. This would make a terrific movie/series from the producers of Downton Abbey. Fans of Kate Morton will appreciate this author as Riley also understands the descending generations. There are some very gritty parts; nonetheless, this is an enchanting novel and historically captivating.

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2cool2betrue
Aug 01, 2015

awesome book!!!!

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julia_sedai
Aug 20, 2014

It's an intriguing story and a page-turner. However, I liked the India parts about Anahita the best and almost felt like the Rebecca parts were not necessary. I wish the author would have written more about Anahita's life after she returned to India. Also, I didn't like any of the male characters.

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becker
Jun 30, 2014

This was a good multi-generational, family secrets type of story. An enjoyable book to get lost in.

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bixby
Jun 15, 2014

Story spans a one-hundred year time frame from Indian to England as it follows the life of a young Indian woman and her love for a young British Lord. Many seemingly disparate elements and characters are very nicely tied together as you near the end of the story.

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jazpur
May 29, 2014

This was a delightful book(.Also issued under the title 'The Still of the Night')The early story,pre WWI into the 1920's is interwoven with the present day going between India,Great Britain, France and USA.The customs of the interlinking cultures relevant to their times are very well drawn.All the elements are there.An ill-fated love story,stolen letters,'telling' diaries, a missing child, the British Raj, little Indian princesses being sent to school in England, the Old, Impoverished Family Pile.All with a little magic in the form of a family trait thrown in. It would make a charming film or a TV series like Downton Abbey..

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roseymc
May 17, 2014

Absolutely Fabulous... a truly delightful read...you become so interwoven with the characters, that you are so sad when it ends.

ChristchurchLib Apr 27, 2014

"Shooting a film at Asbury Hall, a magnificent English country house, American actress Rebecca Bradley, who is playing a 1920s debutante, bears a striking resemblance to the woman she is portraying and tries to understand her connection to a tragic love affair 60 years in the past." Historical Fiction April 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/42146534-cbfc-4ab9-813e-c35776aa9aed?postId=88f681db-41d1-4c1f-9572-092e11f59be6

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2cool2betrue
Aug 01, 2015

Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a remarkable girl, Anahita Chaval, from 1911 to the present day . . .

In the heyday of the British Raj, eleven-year-old Anahita, from a noble but impov­erished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of Indian royalty. As the princess’s official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of WorldWar I. There, she meets young Donald Astbury—reluctant heir to the magnifi­cent, remote Astbury Estate—and his scheming mother.

Ninety years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship with her equally famous boyfriend takes an unexpected turn, she’s relieved that her latest role, playing a 1920s debutante, will take her away from the glare of publicity to a distant cor­ner of the English countryside. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita’s great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest for his family’s past. What he and Rebecca discover begins to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty . . .

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