The Midnight Rose – Lucinda Riley

Midnight Rose

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (16 Jan 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1447218434
  • My Rating – 3.5 stars

Sometimes I need a good dollop of escapism in my reading material, especially during the dreary Winter months when sunshine is in short supply.  Fortunately I had The Midnight Rose, Lucinda Riley’s latest novel, to keep me entertained when the Christmas festivities had fizzled out.

This is the story of Anni (Anahita) Chavan, a tale which spans four generations and two continents.  As Anni celebrates her 100th birthday in Darjeeling, India, surrounded by her extended family, she decides to entrust her great-grandson, Ari, with the task of uncovering long buried family secrets – secrets which will lead him to Astbury Hall and the staid world of the English aristocracy.

As the novel progresses, we see the vivid colours of India at the height of the Raj; a warm, vibrant setting which contrasts sharply with the cold, reserved atmosphere which awaits Anni when she comes to England.   The characters are larger than life, particularly the strong women in the shape of Anni and her nemesis, Lady Maud Astbury.

The Midnight Rose is a thoroughly entertaining read which will appeal to those who enjoy historical sagas in the style of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Lesley Pearse and perhaps fans of Downton Abbey.  Yes, there are a few predictable elements but there’s no doubt Ms Riley can spin a good yarn to keep her readers captivated.

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6 Comments

  1. I’m still to try this author Treez, I think I’ll start with one of the couple of hers I’ve got on the tbr pile though as I’m trying to reduce it this year! Thanks for the review of this new one.

  2. Helen says:

    I’m halfway through this book at the moment and enjoying it so far, though I’m finding Anahita’s storyline much more interesting than Rebecca’s.

  3. admin says:

    I still haven’t read Hothouse Flower, Lindsay but I read The Girl on the Cliff last year. I didn’t like it as much as this one.

  4. admin says:

    Yes, Helen, Anni’s storyline is much more interesting than Rebecca’s but that seems to be the case for me in these dual time-frame stories. Rebecca is more of a conduit to the present day storyline than being of much interest, in my opinion anyway! ;-)

  5. Charlie says:

    I never did get around to reading Hothouse Flower, that said, the storyline here appeals to me more. I haven’t read a dual story for a while now so I feel I’m ready to try another (I find them a bit samey sometimes).

  6. Teresa says:

    They can get a bit tedious if you read them often, Charlie but a wee one here and there adds a bit of variety to the reading pile! :-)

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