This is set in 17th century India. At the age of 8, Mehrunissa (the name means "Sun of Women") has already settled on her life's goal. After just one glimpse of his face, she wants to marry the Crown Prince Salim. And marry him she does, albeit some 26 years later, after overcoming the opposition of her family, an ill-starred early marriage, numerous miscarriages, and the scheming of other wives.
From the beginning, this seemed "Soap Operaish". I stuck with it but, when I didn't know who the characters were and, didn't care, I knew it was time to move on to any number of better books.