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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  16,277 ratings  ·  1,304 reviews
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 fr
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books (first published August 29th 2013)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Beautiful, breath-taking, haunting, magical, heart-breaking.

This book.

Just... This book.

It's been one hell of a ride reading this. The Midnight Rose is the type of book you read slowly and devote time to. It makes you think. The writing is so beautiful, the story so magnificently crafted, that it takes your breath away.

I have to confess that I didn't like the beginning of this book. The first 100 pages or so are so, so different from the rest of the book. And I hated Ari. But by the end
“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.”

----Henry Green

Lucinda Riley, the New York Times bestselling author, has penned an enchanting tale of love, loss and royal family secrets, in her book, The Midnight Rose. This is the story of a girl named, Anahita, spanning across many generations, and with the help of another protagonist, Rebecca, the readers get to revisit the life of Anahita and her royalty and her family secrets.


In the heyday of the British Raj,
On Anahita's 100th birthday, her family gather in the Indian mountains to celebrate. Taking her eldest great-grandson Ari to one side, she gives him a pile of papers. It's her life story, she says, written down in case her long-lost son can ever be found; Anahita (Anni) was told that little Moh died when he was two, but she's never accepted this and knows her now 80 year old son is out there somewhere. Reading her papers, Ari travels to Astbury Hall in England where Anni spent some time during t ...more
Diane Lynn
I really enjoyed this book and would have given it five stars if it hadn't been for a few bizarre events in the present day story. The present day story also dragged in parts. On the other hand, the story set in the past was well researched and held my attention. I love it when an author includes a bibliography. This book could have easily ended up on my favorites shelf. Five stars for the past, three for the present, equals four overall. ...more
The Midnight Rose was completely absorbing. I love these gothic novels with rich atmosphere and dual timelines, although I sometimes have to take more tragedy and bleakness than I would like along with them. I've read one novel by Lucinda Riley before, and loved how her story included exotic locations as well as England. But it was so sad that I couldn't bring myself to read another of her books for several years.

This time I was braced for tragedy at least in the earlier timeline, and ended up
Joanne D'Arcy
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared to pick up this book and be transported not just to another time and place but another continent as well.

Lucinda Riley is a skilful writer when it comes to the dual narrative, she does it so well, that it seems that the two stories set some hundred years apart in this novel bear no relation to each other. But of course they do as they the story weaves from 1911 to the present, and evokes many emotions through the characters and shows class, tradition, love and war in many forms.

In th
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Kate Morton
Shelves: favorites

Side note: One version of this book says 496 pages while my UK copy is 671 pages.

“Physical comfort--materialism, if you like--is the enemy of any serious spirituality, I think. When we're warm and well fed, our souls can be empty and we still make it through the day. And as I've discovered recently, it is the greatest poverty of all.”

“My father always said that to push a rock an inch in a lifetime was the same as throwing a hundred pebbles into the sea every day. Big change comes slowly, but it
If you want to read about India in the time of the Raj, England during World War I, prejudice, terrible mothers, and doomed love affairs with its echoes into the present, Lucinda Riley’s The Midnight Rose might be the book for you.

It is an enjoyable read to be sure, but not what I expected. Two parallel stories are told simultaneously. In the past, we read the tale of young Indian Anahita Chevran, as she travels between her homeland and England, where she is trapped at the beginning of World Wa
Jeanette Lewis
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful book for the new year and holiday season. This read is what I have experienced in the past from this author, imaginative and with a storyline that flows beautifully. It's 1911 the reader is taken to exotic India a country that the British were besotted with. India was a country where an ordinary Englishman could live like a king. The richness of Indian Royalty was to be envied even without batting an eyelid to the extreme poverty and the plight of those born low caste. The reader is ...more
Cathy Branciforte
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This could be my favorite Lucinda Riley book.....I LOVED it! What a beautifully written story! I was drawn in right from the start and it just kept on going. It had everything that I look for in a good read: great characters, and a story that just wouldn't quit! It was told from various viewpoints, and it went back and forth in time and places around the world, until the whole story was told. I won't give a synopsis of the book, but can only say that I highly recommend this book! I was so sorry ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 star read for me.

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,
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well. This is frustrating.

I was prepared to give this book four stars. It had some serious flaws, mind you. Trite dialogue ("I just want to make love to my girl"), one-dimensional heroes and villains, the thing where the narrative totally skips over relationship building moments and tells you the characters are in love, etc etc. However I was curious enough about where the story might head, and was decently engaged. It did a pretty good job of balancing two different storylines as well. So the q
Jess The Bookworm
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This book spans so far and wide that it felt almost epic to me. It starts out in India following the family of Anahita as she celebrates her 100th birthday. Anahita has always felt as though something was missing from her life: when she was young she had her first son, and was informed that he had died, but she never believed it, even when she was given his death certificate. She has written down her life story, and decides to pass it on to her great grandson, Ari, hoping that he can find out th ...more
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a huge story, not just in length but in the quality of the writing, the detail and the meticulous research that has gone into its creation. A saga that spans the decades and spreads across continents, it is dramatic and compelling and swept me off to another era.

The Midnight Rose is Anahita's story, and begins in India in 1911. Anahita (Anni) comes from a family whose wealth has been lost over the years, brought up by parents who allowed her to believe in herself and her skills, she beco
Cleopatra  Pullen
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I’m a big fan of fiction written against a well-researched historical background and this 688 page novel delivers the tale of young Indian Anahita Chevran which weaves between her homeland and England where she is trapped at the beginning of World War I. During her time in England she spent time at Astbury Hall as the companion to Princess Indira. Lady Maud Astbury makes it quite clear that poor Anahita is an unwelcome addition to the household but with few options as an orphan, it is clear that ...more
Set in 1920s India and modern-day England, The Midnight Rose reads like an epic story of how women lived and loved and how relationships can transcend boundaries and different eras.

Anahita is now 100. She is looking back on her life. She is sure her son is still alive….

Rebecca Bradley, an American Actress, is on location in Dartmoor,England at Astbury Hall –which is owned by Lord Anthony Astbury. He is stunned that she looks so much like his grandmother Violet. Whilst filming, Rebecca finds some
Lisa B.
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts

This is the second book I have read by Lucinda Riley and I honestly love her stories. We get to know Anahita and Rebecca through alternating chapters until we finally find out how their lives connect. I thought Ms. Riley did an outstanding job of pulling all of this together. This was one of those books I could immerse myself in, and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I love when a story let’s me escape into a different world, and this one certainly did that. I am defi
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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As Anahita’s century-old life draws to a close, she yearns for the son she had to give up when he was but a child of three. While everyone had told her that he died soon after she left, she knows from the depths of her soul that he was still alive. Ever the perceptive, she also knows that death will soon knock on her door. As she sets her affairs in order, she leaves her first grandchild a letter; one that she’s written to her missing son. In the letter is the story of her life and details of th ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The Midnight Rose features two intersecting story lines, one set in the present day, the other in the early decades of the twentieth century.

In the present, American actress Rebecca is filming a movie set in the 1920s at Astbury Hall, a stately home in the British countryside. She is invited to stay on the premises and is happy to do so to escape both the pressures of fame and the proposal of her boyfriend. There she meets the reclusive Lord Anthony, current master of the estate, and Ari Malik,
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was searching for another author along the Kearsley or Raybourn lines. My first Lucinda Riley book proved a major disappointment. Dual stories/timelines are difficult to pull off and sadly this failed. Whilst the past tale was very good, the modern day tale was terrible. Thus a 2.5 rating for half the story that was interesting. For my full review please go to:
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
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Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me with a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

My Review: This sweeping saga follows Anahita's life, from her days as a young girl in India in the early 1900's until present day. The reader is taken from the exotic maharajas of India to the aristocracy in England as
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley - for me its like Bollywood version of Notting Hill plus mysteries and love stories in past and in present.

The story starts with an old lady - Anahita (Anni) giving to her grand-grand son (Ari) her manuscript about her life before her daughter was born. Her life story is unbelievably magical and also tragic. Ari forgets the manuscript for more than ten years and when he finally reads it, he goes to England to find out what happened with his long lost grand-uncl
Dinah Jefferies
I was attracted by the cover and this ended up being the perfect read during a stay in hospital. Not a bit demanding and utterly escapist it does what it says on the tin.I preferred the historical section but nothing is ever perfect,and it helped me through a bad patch.
Erika Greff
May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
A page turner with an interesting premise. But what a silly book and ending.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley is an enchanting tale of love, loss and buried family secrets. Set in the early 20th century when the British Raj was expanding its influence in India but the princely states continue to yield their power and sovereignty. The narration is in the back drop of magnificent royal palaces of Jaipur and Koch Behar in West Bengal, moves to aristocratic estates in Dartmoor, in the south of England.

The writer Lucinda Riley skillfully adds depth and layers to the plot v
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anahita and Princess Indira became inseparable after Indira wanted Anahita to live with her family at the palace. THE MIDNIGHT ROSE tells their marvelous, admirable story.

How lucky could a girl get? Moving from a small village to a palace to be friends with a Princess. Was it lucky forever?

THE MIDNIGHT ROSE moves from present day back to a diary that Anahita kept of her life in India as well as her life in England.

You will feel badly for Anahita and feel her shame and pain. Indira is a character
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
For years now, and still my obsession with India is intact. My mom tells me I'm going to hate it when I visit because she did. But I won't make any judgment until I'm there. I love stories set in India, movies and legends and myths, their clothes and jewelry. So when I found this book, I thought: "This seems like my cup of tea. It seems so interesting." I hope that I will enjoy it. I just started so let's see how the story enfolds.

[Sunday, March 27, 2016] Now that I finished the book, I have to
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars really

I love that cover. There is that Gothic, mysterious feel to it. I love covers and have been known to pick up a book just because I love the cover, never reading what the book is actually about.

Lately I have been reading more dual time period books (because they are a favorite), this one beginning in India, with a large part taking place in England. First introduced to Anahita on her 100th birthday it wasn't hard to sympathize with her as she begins her story. I have to say that
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into thirty-seven languages and sold thirty million copies worldwide. She is a No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

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