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It is 1946 Hollywood, and sparks fly when the dashing Maharaja of Cooch Behar, Jagaddipendra Narayan, meets Star of Tomorrow Nancy Valentine. The Star of India is based on the true-life romance of a rising young actress and a Cambridge-educated war hero and ruler of an ancient principality. Bhaiya sweeps Nancy back home during India’s tumultuous run-up to Independence. Amid the power struggles of every political, royal, and religious faction, Nancy is entangled in a whirlwind of intrigue, espionage, and attempted murder. Bhaiya comes under great pressure from his elegant and formidable mother, Indira of Cooch Behar, who believes his marriage to a foreigner will weaken the family’s position with their people—and make them vulnerable to a government takeover. Amid growing opposition to the couple’s union, the state’s fabled Mughal Ruby disappears, and its curse will shadow them all.
The author: Diana R Chambers