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Publisher's Summary

Good Morning America’s “27 Books for June"

PopSugar’s Best Summer Reads of 2021 

A new novel by the author of The Henna Artist, a Reese's Book Club Pick

In New York Times best-selling author Alka Joshi’s intriguing new novel, henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protégé, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace in this tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling.

It’s the spring of 1969, and Lakshmi, now married to Dr. Jay Kumar, directs the Healing Garden in Shimla. Malik has finished his private school education. At 20, he has just met a young woman named Nimmi when he leaves to apprentice at the Facilities Office of the Jaipur Royal Palace. Their latest project: a state-of-the-art cinema.

Malik soon finds that not much has changed as he navigates the Pink City of his childhood. Power and money still move seamlessly among the wealthy class, and favors flow from Jaipur’s Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinema’s balcony tragically collapses on opening night, blame is placed where it is convenient. But Malik suspects something far darker and sets out to uncover the truth. As a former street child, he always knew to keep his own counsel; it’s a lesson that will serve him as he untangles a web of lies.

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©2021 Alka Joshi (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Gentle, healing story.

I loved the gentle kindness which was shown in the story. Most everyone, even if there were disputes, seemed understanding and kind. The story was simple but interesting. I like learning of the cultures portrayed. A simple but enjoyable listen. The readers were fantastic!

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M'eh

It's not a bad book/listen/story, but there is no climax to speak of and the characters are not as intriguing or loveable as one one hope, especially after The Henna Artist. In fact, one of the characters, Nimmi, I found quite whiney, rather than endearing, as the reader is meant to feel. I would not recommend this book, unfortunately.

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  • Ev
  • 2021-10-03

Boring

This book was such a let down after reading 'The Henna Artist.' The different characters were interesting but 3 of them had the most annoying "strained" accents. .storyline predictable and fell flat.

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Wrapped up in a neat bow

While this book was good, it wasn’t WOW. The readers we fantastic and the book well written. Takes you to India and holds you there. The story just felt like a “we have to tie up loose ends”. You will want to read this if you enjoyed the travels, you don’t want to read it if you’re looking for a deep story.

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Amazing

Loved it! This and The Henna Artist are 2 of my favorite books ever!!

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Great sequel, loved it

Loved this book just as much as the Henna Artist -and now really looking forward to the third part of the triology. The imagery, events and descriptions made me very nostalgic for my time spent in Jaipur. A lovely piece of escapism, I listend to it all within a few days.

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Amazing again!

Alka Joshi is a phenomenal writer and this was a lovely sequel to the Henna Artist

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Loved it!

Book 2 did not disappoint and I was so sad at the end for the story to end for now. There were 3 narrators for the 3 main characters which made it easy to follow the story line. The narration was outstanding and I loved being transported to India and into the lives of the characters. This is one of the books where the characters and story stay with you long after the book has ended.

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  • 2021-06-30

Great sequel

Loved it. Wrapped up the storyline nicely with some suspense included. Narrators were very good

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  • Erica Howard
  • 2021-06-27

Re-tells the first book

I got bored at times. So much recycled content from the first book made me feel like I was listening to the same story twice, only not as well told the second time. Better editing might have been helpful.

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  • Wiserolder
  • 2021-06-30

Lovely story

Following the Henna Artist this book starts 12 years later. It focuses on the next generation but many of the original main characters are still included. It's a lovely story set in India during the late 60's.

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  • 2021-07-04

Good but not great

The story fell flat for me. I loved The Henna Artist so I had high expectations for this book that may have been unfair.

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  • fisk240
  • 2021-08-08

Too much time spent retelling the first story

Very disappointed in the retelling of the first book. The writer is a gifted storyteller in the first book. The second book retells the first book to the point of boredom. I

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  • JD in SB
  • 2021-06-28

Wonderful Continuation of the Story

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Very well written and great narration. It was a lovely continuation of the story of The Henna Artist. Loved hearing the perspectives of each main character.

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  • Leah Simon
  • 2021-08-26

Decent story but the performance ruins it

The voice of Lakshmi is well acted but the performance of Malik and Nimmi, especially their Hindi pronunciations, are terrible. Nimmi seems like she has a forced Indian accent the whole time. It really ruined the experience for me, especially after The Henna Artist which was voiced very well.

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  • Anisha
  • 2021-07-26

Great sequel!

This was a good sequel to The Henna Artist. I opted to do Audible for this one since I really enjoyed the first one through Audible as well. The only thing I didn't care for was the narrator who read for Nimmi. I didn't like the fake Indian accent with the odd way she said words with the letter R. Like, it really got under my skin so much that I felt compelled to write it in the review. Other than that, both other narrators were 100% and really enjoyed listening to this book!

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  • Terri Foltz-Fox
  • 2021-07-13

Secret Keeper of Jaipur

Book contained Such wonderful characters and a great plot. Narrators were exceptional. Enjoyed it immensely !!

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  • Tobias P.
  • 2021-07-05

Beautiful

A really great book to escape into. Every character is perfectly imperfect. Brilliantly written and a joy to listen to. I finished this in about three nights and one afternoon! My favorite on Audible so far. It was well worth the credit and I am about to go purchase the book that goes before this!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-07-01

Wonderful!!!

I loved this book as much as I loved the Henna Artist! Both beautifully written and performed. Highly recommend!!

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  • Bzh
  • 2021-08-18

a bit disapponted

i loved the henna artist. i found this story less interesting and she repeated a lot of the information /back story of characters which i found a bit annoying. but it was nice to follow thevlives of the characters and find out what happens to them. ill probably read the 3rd too because im attached to them.