Set in 1947 Hollywood and India, The Star of India is based on the life of actress Nancy Valentine —“the next Lana Turner.” A fated meeting with a handsome, Cambridge-educated maharaja, Bhaiya, leads her to a world of palaces, jewels and tiger hunts, but also one of intrigue, espionage and attempted murder. In these explosive last days of the British Raj, Nancy is viewed as a threat by every faction, including Bhaiya’s own family. Then his crown jewel, the fabled Moghul Ruby, disappears and its curse will shadow her until the present day.
A story that rocked Hollywood and shocked India, the novel follows the journey of a young American woman into an ageless land as it collides with the modern era.
Diana Chambers was born with a book in one hand and a passport in the other. An importing business in India led to a Hollywood design career and later scriptwriting led to novels. She loves spicy food and the road not taken. Her bag is always packed. >> read more