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Meet Me in Bombay

Written by: Jenny Ashcroft
Narrated by: Aysha Kala
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Publisher's Summary

All he needs is to find her. First, he must remember who she is.

"Jenny Ashcroft's Meet Me in Bombay is a powerful, poignant and deeply emotional tale of love, mystery, loss and joy." (Kate Furnivall, New York Times best-selling author) 

It's New Year's Eve in Bombay, 1913, and Madeline Bright, new to the sweltering heat of colonial India, is yearning for all she has left behind in England. Then, at the stroke of midnight, Maddy meets Luke Devereaux, and as the year changes, so do both their lives. 

Bold and charismatic, Luke opens her eyes to the wonders of Bombay, while Maddy's beauty and vivacity captures his heart. Only her mother disapproves, preferring the devoted Guy Bowen as a match for her daughter.

But while Maddy and Luke are falling in love, the world is falling apart. World War I is on the horizon, and Luke will be given no choice but to fight. They will be continents apart, separated by danger and devastating loss, but bound by Luke's promise that they will meet again in Bombay. 

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press 

©2021 Jenny Ashcroft (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • 2021-08-23

Very disappointing.

I had hopes that this would be a historical romance where the author would take advantage of the setting to create an inclusive story that showed a full picture of the British Raj. The beginning of the story lent an opening that seemed like it would lead the main character on a path of discovery of the true impact of British rule, her role and her family’s role in that, and provide a way for the author to give a lot of historical info and context. Unfortunately that opportunity was not developed and quickly dropped completely in preference of the romantic / love-triangle story line. There were no Indian characters of significance to the story where it would have been so easy to do so and the historical relevance of the setting wasn’t even fully utilised in the story. Given how it was written, this story could have been set anywhere at any time. Besides that, the romance / love-triangle situation itself was so drawn out with whole scenes being repeated at times in the book. Furthermore, the main character is frustratingly boring and a push-over, making her very difficult to like or root for. She was written as a woman who simply allowed her life to happen to her and never took control or spoke up throughout the story. What a disappointing “heroine”. I felt like overall this just missed the mark and the author really missed so many opportunities to make the story more interesting, nuanced, inclusive, and the main character more engaging as a strong female lead.

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  • 2021-02-22

Charming love story

It’s a lovely love story but not sure why it was set in India. Everyone involved was British so could have easily been in Britain. There was hardly any Indian history provided. Was an odd choice for the setting.