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The Secret Keeper of Jaipur
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur: A Novel | Alka Joshi
A NEW NOVEL BY THE AUTHOR OF THE HENNA ARTIST, A REESE'S BOOK CLUB PICK "Captivated me from the first chapter to the last page." Reese Witherspoon on The Henna Artist In New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshis intriguing new novel, henna artist Lakshmi arranges for her protg, Malik, to intern at the Jaipur Palace in this tale rich in character, atmosphere, and lavish storytelling. Its 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 twenty, 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 Jaipurs Royal Palace, but only if certain secrets remain buried. When the cinemas 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; its a lesson that will serve him as he untangles a web of lies.
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did a wonderful job of bringing India to life, and sharing the beautiful culture in this book.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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As I enjoyed The Henna Artist, I thought I'd try this book as well.

Mccall0113 Equally as good :) 2w
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vlwelser
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This was really very good. It's entertaining. The characters are lovely. There's something very simple and pleasing about it. Did it blow my mind? No.

This was my IRL book club pick for November.

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@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
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CindiB
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The sequel to The Henna Artist, it was great to visit with Lakshmi, Malik, and Jay again, twelve years later. Loved this book. Joshi has such a warm, wonderful writing style. You feel like you‘re there in the room participating! I understand that this series is a trilogy, which makes me very happy. 4.5/5.

angieinwonderland Oooh a trilogy? That is exciting. I hadn't heard. Thank you for sharing. 3w
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Crazeedi
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The second book of this series. I totally enjoyed reading more of Lakshmi's life. She is married and helping her doctor husband in the foothills of the Himalayas. This book focuses on Malik, the boy who she took on as protegé. The story includes the collapse of the new theater in Jaipur, and Malik tries to find out how it happened

TheSpineView Way to go!😊📖👍 2mo
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LadyCait84
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Much like its predecessor, The Henna Artist, this novel pulls vibrancy from both of its lush settings — India‘s bustling “Pink City” & a cooler, quieter village in the Himalayan foothills. Written to satisfy fan-demand for more Malik, it also explores topics of class & entitlement, limitless familial loyalty,the risks & rewards of integrity…while taking many beloved characters on an exciting journey, set 12 years after the close of the first book.

scottsunderg66 Hi friend I'm glad to meet you here.. well I'm new here and still trying my best to understand Litsy Lol 😂 but I'd want to be friends with you... Get back to me by respond hi to my Gmail.. scottsundberg56@gmail.com 3mo
scottsunderg66 What did you spend most of your time doing today? Are there any books you would recommend for me to read?.. 3mo
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WOWreader
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This book kept me just as interested as the first

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JulieAly
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Really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of a tearjerker.

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sheffner
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I enjoyed this, but was a little disappointed as well. I was left wanting more at the end and thought the conclusion to the mystery was abrupt. The audiobook was wonderful and I loved the characters. I hope there is a third book with Radha‘s story.

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MelKelsey
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Book 101

The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is a continuation of Lakshmi's story from The Henna Artist. Chapters jump from the perspective of three characters. It isn't compelling or overly engaging. ⭐⭐⭐

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I loved immersing myself into the world of Lakshmi and Malik again! Another beautiful story from the incredible Alka Joshi, and outstanding narrator performances on the audio book!

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Booknerd2
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As good as The Henna Artist!!!! (Possibly better)
💜💜💜

kremi Really good book!❤ 4mo
Booknerd2 @kremi I absolutely enjoyed it! 4mo
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AmyK1
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I read The Henna Artist awhile ago and really liked it. This was just as good, if not better. I loved that there was a bit of a mystery to it, as well as being HF.

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Krystle13
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LOVED IT!
COME ON BOOK 3.
🥰😍

Chrissyreadit I love the picture above your bookshelf. This looks like a pretty space. 5mo
Krystle13 That was Lake Louis.Alberta. Have 2 other ones, from Jasper and Banff. We took the photos and had them enlarged 🥰 Thank you, that's just 1 spot that I have books. Hahaha 5mo
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Susanita
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Thanks for the #wondrouswednesday tags! Sorry I‘m late. Something happened at the end of the workday that made me cross, and all I wanted to do after that was fix dinner and read my book to the end. But I‘m back now and over it!
1. HF: tagged book which takes place partially in the #mountains
NF: Homer‘s Odyssey
2. 👍🏻👍🏻
3. Mystery & historical fiction
#JulyJourneys

Eggs Nice double play 👏🏻🧗‍♀️📚 5mo
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GirlWellRead
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kremi
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I probably won't be able to convey my feeling from the book. It was like bright mandalas; beautiful as henna paintings on the hands of Indian women, mysterious as the wooded areas of the Himalayas and enchanting as poetry. This is a book about the search for justice and the limits of gratitude. For compassion. About the worship of books and education. For the strength we get from caring for children and the place of blood ties.
#bookinspiration

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FeatherV
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I was so excited for the release of this book in the past week. It's been 12 years since the events of the henna artist. Malik is a grown man, in love with a tribal woman from the Himalayas. Lakshmi works with Dr. Kumar and has married him. Malik is in Jaipur investigating the events of the theater collapse

for my full thoughts see: https://heartandsoulbooks.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-book-youve-waited-so-long-for...

CoffeeAndABook Great picture collage!! Makes me want to travel - and also read those two books!! 😎🧳👒🏞 5mo
FeatherV @CoffeeAndABook thank you! I would love to travel and see the places I read about! I also recommend these books because…they‘re incredible! 5mo
CoffeeAndABook Can‘t wait ☺️ 5mo
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AmyK1
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#birthdaybookhaul My family spoils me ❤️

SilversReviews LOVED, LOVED, LOVED The House Between Tides, The Book of Lost Names, and The Yellow Bird Sings….ENJOY all of your books. 5mo
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ReadingisMyPassion
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I loved “The Henna Artist” when it came out last year, and I loved its sequel just as much, or maybe even a bit more. As I began reading it, it soon felt like a family reunion. I had come home to visit again with Lakshmi and Malik and various friends, like Maharani Indira, Manu and Kanta Agarwal, and even Madho Singh.

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Reecaspieces
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I am sure I am in the minority on this one. It was a bit slow. Read my full review here:

https://reecaspieces.com/2021/06/22/the-secret-keeper-of-jaipur-by-alka-joshi-bo...

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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A fantastic follow-up to The Henna Artist. Taking place about 12 years later, this sequel still follows Lakshmi as well as her assistant, Malik. Alternating narrators between the two & a new character, Nimmi, I enjoyed this book just as much as the first, possibly more so. I love how I can smell & taste India when reading Joshi's works.

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rachelm
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I was lucky to get an #alc of Alka Joshi‘s new novel and the follow-up to The Henna Artist. Lovers of the first book will be delighted by the expanded story, twelve years after the first novel. I actually, to be honest, enjoyed these characters and this plot even more.
When a theater collapses in Jaipur, the characters‘ lives change forever. Part historical women‘s fiction, part mystery, this novel was a treat. Highly recommended, and out in June.

rachelm Thank you #librofm for the free copy! 7mo
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jen_the_scribe
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Already preordered this one on Audible after finishing The Henna Artist.

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Susanita
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1. My commute went from 26 miles to 30 steps.
2. Zoom, Adobe Connect, MS Teams, Webex, etc.
3. Less than originally planned.
4. Tagged book
#thoughtfulthursday

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Susanita
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This cover!!!

CaitZ I'm adding to my stack on the basis of the cover alone 12mo
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