8/10 - If you looking for a little romance, but don't want one of those cheesy romance novels, than this is the book for you. The book is set in 17th century Hindustan where the emperor overcome by grief over the loss of his beloved wife commissions the building of the Taj Mahal in her honor. His daughter, Princess Jahanara, begins her own love story during it's construction. This is a fairy tale made for adults complete with Princesses locked in towers, villains, and heroes on horseback. The only thing that kept me from giving the full 10 rating was the intermingled chapters regarding the warfare and political happenings of the area. I realize that some of this was necessary to tell the story properly, but I felt that many of these chapters were too long and felt more like interuptions than part of the plot line. Still a wondrous read.