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.
All he needs is to find her. First, he must remember who she is.
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.
About the Author
JENNY ASHCROFT is a British author of historical fiction books including Beneath a Burning Sky and Island in the East. 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.
“An irresistible romantic tour de force… The author employs evocative prose and taut plotting, and the final twist will come as a surprise to those who think they have the story figured out. Ashcroft keeps readers turning the pages.” —Publishers Weekly
“This heartbreaking and beautiful love story is one that will bring tears to your eyes and resonate with you long after you turn the last page.” —CNN.com
“Vividly set against the backdrop of colonial India, Ashcroft’s Meet Me in Bombay is a transporting tale of two lovers torn apart by the First World War.” —Parade.com
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“I loved everything about Meet Me in Bombay...a stunning story that echoes long after you turn the final page.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Golden Hour
“One of those rare and wonderful books that truly draws you into another place and time, word perfect, pitch perfect, detail perfect.” —Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author
“Meet Me in Bombay is the kind of book that will give readers a book hangover long after they’ve turned the last page, leaving them aching for more.” - Karen White, New York Times bestselling author
"From the first intriguing chapter I was hooked...Moving and beautifully written, this enchanting story of love and loss touched my heart." —Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea Planter's Wife
"A beautiful love story that will transport you to the heat and claustrophobia of pre-World War I Bombay so vividly, you'll smell the tropics and feel the sweat on your back. Intensely moving. Glorious and heart wrenching. This is a powerful, poignant and deeply emotional tale of love, mystery, loss and joy. Irresistible." - Kate Furnivall, New York Times bestselling author of The Russian Concubine
“Brilliantly plotted, revealing its secrets slowly and subtly . . . the final pages were poignant and perfect, and I finished the book with tears rolling down my cheeks and the certainty that it will stay with me for a long time.”—Iona Grey, award-winning author of Letters to the Lost and The Glittering Hour
"A luscious, sweeping story." - Natasha Lester, bestselling author of The Paris Orphan
“Heartbreaking and evocative, I found myself rooting for these star-crossed lovers from beginning to end.” – Nicola Harrison, author of Montauk
"A spellbinding love story that will break your heart. - Carol Drinkwater, author of The Forgotten Summer
"Beautiful and evocative." - Joanna Nell, author of The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village
"A wonderfully moving novel..." - Rachel Hore, bestselling author of The Last Letter Home
"An epic, bittersweet love story that will draw you in and grip you to the last page." - Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife
"An exquisite love story, sumptuous and so moving." - Tracy Rees, author of Amy Snow
“Gorgeously-written and heartbreakingly romantic, I didn't want it to end.” – Kate Riordan