MEET ME IN BOMBAY is a breathtaking story of separation, tragedy and fierce love set against the exotic world of colonial Bombay and the tragedy of the First World War.
THE BRAND NEW NOVEL FOR 2019 FROM BESTSELLER JENNY ASHCROFT
Madeleine Bright is spending New Year's Eve wishing she were somewhere else. Her voyage to India to visit her parents should have been a great adventure, but that was before she had no choice except to stay.
Then at the stroke of midnight Maddy meets Luke Devereaux, and as the year changes so do their lives - forever. 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. War is on the horizon, and soon it's a question of when Luke will be called to fight, not if. They'll be continents apart, separated by danger and fear of the unknown, but bound by Luke's promise that they will meet again in Bombay...
MEET ME IN BOMBAY is a story of fierce love set against the exotic and colourful world of colonial Bombay and the tragedy of the First World War.
Perfect for fans of Dinah Jefferies, Lucinda Riley, Kate Furnivall and Lucy Foley.
Praise for Jenny Ashcroft:
'Exotic and mysterious. I was gripped.' Dinah Jefferies
'Emotional, evocative and enthralling.' Kate Furnivall
'Beautifully described . . . a moving love story.' Tracy Rees
'An evocative, absorbing story... A rich and satisfying read..' Gill Paul
'This lushly detailed debut is a summer-must read.' Red
'Impossible to put this book down.' Kate Riordan
A disturbing and utterly fascinating tale in the vivid setting of Singapore, where emotions are raw and characters are pushed to the edge. I was swept away by the deeply moving love story and by the dark twisting shivering secrets behind it. The stifling sense of threat and heat gripped me and didn't let go. Beautifully written and impressively researched, Island in the East is a stunner. Emotional, evocative and enthralling. - on ISLAND IN THE EAST
A moving, stirring love story, and so richly atmospheric. I could practically feel the sweat prickling on my skin - on ISLAND IN THE EAST
An evocative, absorbing story about a fascinating period of history. The dual narrative is perfectly balanced, making it a rich and satisfying read. - on ISLAND IN THE EAST
Exotic and mysterious. I was gripped
Historical fiction at its atmospheric best - Red Magazine on ISLAND IN THE EAST
Jenny Ashcroft's Island in the East is that rare thing: a dual narrative novel in which both strands of the story are as engaging and compelling as each other. The Singapore of the two different eras is a character in itself, and so deftly drawn that the heat and humidity seem to rise from every page. As the twin threats of invasion and social exclusion close in on Harriet, Mae and Ivy, it becomes impossible to put this book down.
Brilliant; everything romantic historical fiction should be, heartfelt and heart-breaking, utterly compulsive and completely immersive . . . will stay with readers for a very long time and deservedly so. I haven't read a historical novel this good in a long time. - on ISLAND IN THE EAST
A great read, with a complex and involving plot, appealing characters and two touching love stories. Ashcroft's portrait of wartime Singapore is evocative, and the island's fall in 1942 is powerfully conveyed. - on ISLAND IN THE EAST
Jenny Ashcroft lives in Brighton with her husband and three children. Before that, she spent many years living and working in Australia and Asia - a time which gave her an enduring passion for stories set in exotic places. She has a degree in history, and has always been fascinated by the past - in particular the way that extraordinary events can transform the lives of normal people.
Jenny's first and second books - Beneath A Burning Sky and Island in the East - were both ebook bestsellers. Meet Me In Bombay is Jenny's third novel.