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Meet Me in Bombay

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  163 reviews
United by love. Separated by war. Will they find their way back to each other? Find out in Jenny Ashcroft's historical romance Meet Me in Bombay...

"Meet Me in Bombay is a powerful, poignant and deeply emotional tale of love, mystery, loss and joy." –Kate Furnivall, New York Times bestselling author

It's New Year's Eve in Bombay, 1913, and Madeline Bright, new to the swelter
Kindle Edition, 345 pages
Expected publication: January 19th 2021 by St. Martin's Press
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Sep 10, 2020 marked it as no-support-at-all  ·  review of another edition
September 10, 2020: No.

I don't want to read a white romance set in a place they occupied with force and during a time that's traumatic for very many generations.

Also, ask those who must have suffered during the British Raj about the "alluring opulence of colonial India".
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Meet Me In Bombay is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve ever read!

Meet Me In Bombay is about British soldiers and their families living in India during World War I. This is a story of love, loss, family and friendship. I have nothing I would change about the book. Meet Me In Bombay is a fantastic book.

I highly recommend this to all historical fiction fans. I think fans of The Bronze Horseman will love this book.

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for Meet Me in Bombay.
India, 1914. Maddy Bright, after finishing her school in England, returns to Bombay, where her father is stationed. Upon her return, she meets Luke Devereaux, who now occupies her thoughts constantly. He encourages her to explore the city by sending her a quidebook as he is away at first. Once, he is back, they explore the city together.

Luke is stationed in India to guide mobilizing the Indian troops for war in Europe, if ever required. He hopes not, but it turns out otherwise. The war separates
Colonizer doing colonizer things, nothing to see here

And this isn't Ashcroft's first offense ughhhh
The colonial era: a gruesome period that caused immense, unfathomable tribulation to Indians due to invasion by WHITES. Romanticizing this and using it as a setting for a WHITE romance???

How insensitive !

I cannot and will not support this.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

As my first official read of the new year, Jenny Ashcroft’s Meet Me in Bombay is a book that I found difficult to put down as soon as I started reading it. When I first read the book’s summary and saw that the premise would be a love story set in Bombay, against the backdrop of the Great War, I admit that I was a little apprehensive, as I’m not usually one to gravitate toward love stories for one, and two, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Ashcroft being a “new-to-me” author whose previous
Jan 03, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
are you seriously telling me this book is trying to tell us how beautiful Mumbai then Bombay was in a colonial India?#$:?!!£|\}??!/

i thought this book would have Indian characters but nope! honestly my bad, I didn't see the author's name at first glance. romanticizing colonialism now, are we?

wtf white people, lemme tell you something, colonization is not romantic!!! writing books about white people's romanctic struggles in a country which was invaded and taken forcefully by them leaves a bad t
shi ❦
Jan 03, 2021 marked it as no-thanks  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, historical, asia
The whole white romance in a colonial setting kinda makes me cringe. No need to use an 'exotic' setting for a dramatic historical romance... ...more
Kirsten Pullen
Sep 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a NetGalley ARC of this book and declined to give feedback because I declined to finish it.

Ughh. Double ughh. There's a Sex Pistols song I often think of, "Holidays in the Sun," with a line about cheap vacations in other people's misery.

Cheap romance in other people's pain. India is not exotic, and it's not a backdrop for white colonizers to fall in love.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-on-your-life
Because yes, it's perfectly fine and acceptable for a British woman to write a romance novel set in India between colonizers without thought or reference to the atrocities comitted there by the British. No, it's not in bad taste.

Now let me go find a corner so I can scream in disgust. I refuse to think this sort of garbage not only exists, but continues to be created.

If someone could tell me off proper Indian historical fiction that isn't an offense and written by someone who, if not Indian thems
Literary Soirée
A lush, lovely, and often gut-wrenching historical romance about two lovers torn apart by WWI. Set in Bombay (so exotic) and the terrible trenches on the front, this sumptuous story kept me rapt throughout.

So compelling is the love between Luke and Maddy that when he disappears after being injured, we wonder if they will ever be reunited. But Maddy keeps hope alive through the twists and turns, and I clung to her belief that he was somehow still alive. An arresting tale filled with joy and tears
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley and St Martins press for providing me a copy of Meet me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft for an honest review.

This story is beautiful and heartwarming. It deals with love and separation and never giving up. This book takes place in 1913 and there is a war going on. After Madeline and Luke are married Luke is called off to go to war. Then one day Madeline gets devasting news that Luke has been killed. Grief overtakes Madeline and she has a hard time believing this to be true.

I en
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. The descriptions are incredible. I felt as if I was kn Bombay in 1914. I learned a lot and this is an enjoyable historical fiction. This is the first book I've read by Ms. Ashcroft but it won't be the last. ...more
Sangeetha T
Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A white woman writes about white people falling in love while romanticizing a genocidal regime while other white women fawn over it.

It's 2020 and white women still think this shit is a good idea????

Where do y'all get the balls of steel to pull this?? Why do y'all think you should be centred in a story of others people's misery and pain that was directly caused by you???!?!?

It's disgusting. The woman who wrote this is disgusting and the other white women championing this are disgusting.
Natasha Lester
A wonderful book!
Jul 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel set largely in BOMBAY (WW1)

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New Year’s Eve 1913. Luke and Maddy meet for the first time and their hearts beat just a little stronger. He subsequently sends her small notes and a guidebook to the city, so whilst he is on business she can explore the hidden and exciting parts of the bustling metropolis at her leisure – not that easy for a woman at that time.

However, family friend Guy offers to accompany her, showing her the more reputable sights of
Clair Sharpe
It is New Year’s Eve in Bombay in 1913. Madeline Bright has come to live in India with her parents after spending many years at boarding school in the United Kingdom and is homesick. But at midnight she spots Luke Devereaux in the distance who overhears her talking about her homesickness. Determined to encourage her to enjoy her time in India, he gifts her a guidebook which takes her on adventures through Bombay. They don’t have their first proper meeting for several months and when they finally ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really lovely novel! Takes you right there, and oh, what a story. I am never tempted to flip to the end to see what is going to happen, but I reached a point in this book where I 'almost' did!! I had to stop myself and keep reading. I'm glad I didn't peek! It's been a long time since a book totally swept me away like this one. Highly recommended! ...more
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction and I enjoyed two previous books by Jenny Ashcroft, so when I've heard about Meet Me in Bombay, I immediately wanted to read it.

Maddie Bright arrives in Bombay from England in 1913 to live with her parents, where her father holds an important position in the colonial government. There she meets dashing and enigmatic Luke Devereaux, a fellow Englishman, and they quickly fall in love. But the world is on the brink of war, and Maddie and Luke are separated when Luke has t
I’m not sure exactly what it was about this book that reminded me of old books I used to read back in high school. I’m thinking of Emilie Loring—bonus points if you know who that is. The exotic setting in Bombay? The swoon worthy wartime romance? And like in high school, I couldn’t stand not knowing what was going to happen next so I kept reading ahead, a very bad habit that I thought I had cured by reading so many ebooks where it’s much harder to do that. Which is why it took me so long to fini ...more
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Another super read from this author. Emotional and engrossing, transporting you to another era. A recommended read if you like Dinah Jefferies, Rosanna Ley, etc.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Maddy is young when her parents send her to England to live and she only returns to Bombay after she finishes school. but it doesn't feel like home. Her mother, Alice, especially wants her to marry Guy, a man much older than her and Alice's friend but on New Year's Eve she meets Luke. They fall in love, marry and a couple days later Luke is sent to fight in World War I.

The description of India, the heat, the smells, and the food were very well done.

At first I found the point of view of the man
Pinki Gahlot
Jan 03, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-read
Please excuse me if I don't want a book depicting a white couple's love story set in colonial India when countless Indians were suffering at the hand of their oppressors. And to top it, it doesn't really make sense to me that the author chose to set a story based on how a white couple suffered due to WW1 in colonial India. Couldn't the author have chosen to set it in England and not scratch old wounds for people whose ancestors suffered under the British Raj? More than 70,000 Indian soldiers los ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a warm-hearted, engaging historical romance with likeable characters? This story of Maddy and Luke, set during WWI in India when it was still an English colony, definitely fits the bill! It has all the elements of a good romance - lots of chemistry between the characters, love, heartbreak, loss, and hope. The story moved along at a good pace with some good unexpected “will they, won’t they” moments. A great read! Look for “Meet Me in Bombay” on January 19, 2021!

Thanks to St. Martin’s
2.5 stars.
I love reading about the British Raj in India so I decided to give this one a try. The first two-thirds of this story were really good including the main characters and great descriptions of Bombay. Ashcroft really captured the atmosphere of a particular time and place and I enjoyed that quite a bit. However, I did find that the last third of the story dragged a bit for me. I'm not usually impatient and love a great anticipatory plot but this one seems to be a little too slow and tortu
Aug 27, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I discovered the author, Jenny Ashcroft, in the book Island in the East. Her books are beautifully written. I love the descriptions. I've never traveled to India but this story makes me wanted to travel there one day. I loved it! ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-review, 4-5-stars
I must confess. The first thing that appealed to me about this book was its title. "Bombay" is not just a word, it is a feeling. I have never been able to feel as close to the word "Mumbai" because I have grown up in Bombay. So when I saw the ARC of this book listed on NetGalley, I had to have it, irrespective of its genre. It has been ages since I've read a romantic drama, but I am glad that this time lapse was rectified by this book. It is such a gem!
Maddy Bright and Luke Devereaux meet in the
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Ashcroft ... thank you! Three for three! I have had the privilege of reading all of Jenny’s books and cannot recommend them highly enough to lovers of historical fiction. Each read has been evocative, transporting the reader to some distant and exotic time and place. This time, British India and Bombay of the early 20th century.

"Are you waiting for me though, as l am waiting for you?
Are you thinking of me, in this moment?
He set down his pen, and sank his aching head in his hands.
Are you
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book!! & isn't this cover just beautiful? Meet Me in Bombay is a love story and such a good mix between historical fiction and romance. I fell for these characters because of how relatable they are. I felt their joy and their heartbreak. I celebrated with them, cried with them, and hoped for them. I also enjoyed Jenny Ashcroft's writing. The different perspectives were written really well and really put some depth into the story. This was such a heartbreaking and heartwarming story ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Set in the British Raj during WWI, this is one of those books that transport you to it’s place and time.

Maddy, the main character has just returned to India to her parents and is finding it difficult to adjust and to get along with her mother.
She is bored until she meets Luke and he encourages her to explore Bombay while he and everyone else is busy with their jobs.

Their relationship develops until the war starts and separates them as the men go to Europe to join the war with an under p
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Jenny Ashcroft is a British author of historical fiction. Having spent many years living, working and exploring in Australia and Asia, she is now based in Brighton where she lives with her family by the sea. She has a degree from Oxford University in history, and has always been fascinated by the past—in particular the way that extraordinary events can transform the lives of normal people.

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