The Midnight Rose

Lucinda Riley

2014 Nominee

RoNA The Epic Romantic Novel of the Year Award

16 January 2014
688 pages


The Midnight Rose is a spellbinding tale of family secrets, sacrifice, and the everlasting power of love, from Lucinda Riley, international bestselling author of the Seven Sisters series.

India, 1911. Anahita Chavan, from a noble but impoverished family, forms a lifelong friendship with the headstrong Princess Indira, the privileged daughter of Indian royalty. Becoming the princess's official companion, Anahita accompanies her friend to England just before the outbreak of the Great War. There, she meets Donald Astbury, reluctant heir to the magnificent Astbury Estate - and his scheming mother.

Eighty years later, Rebecca Bradley, a young American film star, has the world at her feet. But when her turbulent relationship 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 the wilds of Dartmoor in England. Shortly after filming begins at the now-crumbling Astbury Hall, Ari Malik, Anahita's great-grandson, arrives unexpectedly, on a quest to uncover his family's past.

As Rebecca and Ari begin to unravel the dark secrets that haunt the Astbury dynasty, what they discover will change everything . . .

Irish-born Riley is quietly becoming a huge success story
A captivating read from Lucinda Riley. Ideal for a book club
What an absolutely fantastic storyteller - I was immediately immersed in the story, and absolutely compelled to keep reading to the very last page