There is something comforting about slipping into a Lucinda Riley novel. Her debut novel, “The Orchid House,” was one of my favorite books of 2012, and thus it was much anticipation that I dove into her latest inter-generational novel which is set in India and England. Just like “The Orchid House,” the novel introduces the reader to two separate story lines that you just know will inevitable collide. While that much is obvious, how they’re going to intersect is where Riley really gets you hooked.
The cast of characters in “The Midnight Rose” includes a young Hollywood actress and the great-grandson of an Indian matriarch who spent her youth in England. Though from face value totally unrelated, both characters intersect with the Astbury family, which is where things get interesting. Told from a variety of third-person views, the novel can be a little bit slow in places, but the quality of Riley’s writing is good which makes it easy to power through. The characters are somewhat stereotypical, band some plot revelations you’ll see a mile away, but you know what? It’s OK. At the end of the day, this is a solid novel that is pretty impressive in scope and quality.
Just like “The Orchid House,” “The Midnight Rose” is on the epic side, clocking in at almost 500 pages, but don’t let that daunt you– seriously, you’ll fly through it faster than you would expect.
Good for: Those looking for a beach book, or a vacation from thrillers/heavy reads; anyone who has a long plane trip coming up.
Skip it: If you like to get right to the plot twists and turns, don’t have patience for scenarios where you can guess what is going to happen.
Available for pre-order from Amazon.com, and on shelves on March 18th, 2014.
xo The Book Bird
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher via NetGalley.