Saturday, November 13, 2021

✱✱Book Review✱✱Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft


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.

Momma Says: 1 star⭐

The problem with historical romance being set in real places during specific time periods is that the ugly truth of what actually went on there needs to be dealt with - not glossed over. And let's face it, history certainly has its ugly periods. This one could have been set in several other places at that time period and been okay. Or the truth of colonial India could've been dealt with properly. But then we have the story itself, and I'll just say it - I'm not sure I would've liked this one even in another setting (notice above when I said it could've been okay - not good, okay). It's hard to say for sure because so much irritated me about the setting and how it was done, but I certainly didn't all the emotion promised in the blurb. I'm afraid the best of this one lies in the cover, which is eyecatching and appealing. The rest just pales in comparison.

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