Meet Me in Bombay

Meet Me in Bombay

A Novel

Book - 2021
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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 bestselling 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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2021.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250270269
125027026X
Branch Call Number: FICTION ASHCROFT
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm

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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.


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hundalsrus
Apr 05, 2021

Don’t let this pretty cover fool you, this book is problematic in so many ways. A romance novel written by a white author with the backdrop of the British Raj in India is not acceptable. India is not merely an exotic location convenient for a story of colonists falling in love to be told.

There were SO MANY inaccuracies throughout this novel. To correct a few in the first 30 pages:
- Hindis are not people. The language is called Hindi and the people who practice the religion Hinduism are called Hindus.
- Mosques are not where Jain monks pray, but are places of worship for Muslims. A Jain place of worship is called a Derasar.
- Many times this novel refers to the native language in Bombay as Urdu. Urdu is the language spoken in Pakistan. Marathi is spoken in Bombay (now Mumbai). While some individuals in the British Raj may have learnt Urdu, more than likely those in Bombay would not have.

This novel really needed to not be published, but in the least should have been fact-checked. Overall, this was an atrocious novel that emphasized colonialism and the white savior complex. I read this one so you don’t have to.

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Mar 03, 2021

This was one of the best love stories I’ve read since I can remember. I couldn’t put it down. I smiled, I laughed, and I cried! The storyline was gripping, catching you hoping, guessing, and not letting you know the outcome until the very end. It was both heart warming and heart wrenching.

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