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Karen’s Pick of the Week: The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi

The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi was refreshingly different, a twisting blend of gothic, fairy tale, magical realism, with scintillating, lyrical prose, a hauntingly seductive setting, and intriguing characters.

“The Bridegroom” (his name is never given) meets the woman of his dreams, Indigo, in the Hotel de Castenada.  She is the wealthy owner of the hotel and he is a curator visiting Paris on a quest for a thirteenth century grimoire owned by her family.  He, is always hungry, seeking proof of the impossible.  She, offers him an unusual choice, be satisfied but only able to speak the truth, or become hungrier and capable of telling polished lies.  When the two marry, Indigo sets one condition, he may not inquire into her past.

Three years later the couple are summoned to the home where Indigo spent her teen years, “The House of Dreams”.  This home has its own personality, it is a living, feeling entity. It is here that all secrets will be revealed, both Indigo’s and The Bridegroom’s.  Here the reader will find out about Azure and an otherworldly friendship. Here the reader will find out about the missing little brother.  Finally, it is here that The Bridegroom and the Bride will confront each other.

Everything about this book was pleasing, the fascinating, damaged characters, the magical setting, the beautiful writing. I particularly enjoyed the audio recording @ Libro.com. Being at the top of my list of favorites this year, I would recommend this novel to fans of The Night Circus or The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina.

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