Just the kind of luscious, sweeping story I most adore ... I was desperate to rush through the book to find out what happens in the end but at the same time I wanted to dwell in the pages forever.
I loved everything about Meet Me in Bombay, from its profound sense of time and place to its vivid characters and lyrical voice, taking the reader on an exhilarating journey from colonial India to the battlefields of the First World War to the intricate workings of memory. This is a novel both epic and intimate, in which grand historical forces are played out on the territory of the human heart. Ashcroft delivers a stunning story that echoes long after you turn the final page.
Jenny Ashcroft has written a spellbinding love story that will break your heart. Set against the lush and privileged world of colonial Bombay and the horrors of the First World War, this is a tale that will stay with you. I turned that final page with tears in my eyes.
A beautiful and evocative read ... truly is a feast for the senses
Glorious and heart wrenching. This is a powerful, poignant and deeply emotional tale of love, mystery, loss and joy.
Beautifully written and impressively researched, Island in the East is a stunner. Emotional, evocative and enthralling.
My heart! This book was sumptuous and hooked me from the first page. I fell in love with Luke and loved sprightly Maddy. The location was beautifully exotic and the storyline just compelling. I loved it. So perfectly written.
Brilliant; everything romantic historical fiction should be, heartfelt and heart-breaking, utterly compulsive and completely immersive
Meet Me in Bombay is brilliantly plotted, exquisitely written, poignant and perfect. I finished the book with tears rolling down my cheeks, and it will stay with me for a long time. I'm sure it will enchant readers far and wide
With two heart-breaking stories that interwove in such a way that I was rooting for the main characters right through, beautiful descriptions of Singapore (and two lovely sexy heroes!), I loved Island in the East. A fabulous book.
I loved Island in the East. A fabulous book.
Gorgeous writing, lush setting, and three-dimensional characters that make up the rare unputdownable novel... 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.
An exquisite love story, sumptuous and so moving. A WONDERFUL book!
One of those rare and wonderful books that truly draws you into another place and time, word perfect, pitch perfect, detail perfect... Anyone who truly loves historical fiction should run to buy a copy of Meet Me in Bombay today.
An evocative, absorbing story... A rich and satisfying read.
Historical fiction at its atmospheric best
An epic, bittersweet love story that will draw you in and grip you to the last page. Lush, steamy colonial Bombay is beautifully evoked.
From the first intriguing chapter I was hooked. I felt as if I was there in the sparkling night-time scenes, or breathing in the heady scents of the market, avoiding the pungent alleyways, and feeling the heat of Bombay, a heat that catches in your throat. Moving and beautifully written, this enchanting story of love and loss touched my heart.
A moving, stirring love story, and so richly atmospheric. I could practically feel the sweat prickling on my skin
I really loved Meet Me in Bombay. It's a wonderfully moving novel with a story that keeps you guessing right to the final paragraph. The heat of Bombay blazes off the page and the characters, especially Maddy and Alice, are so vividly evoked that I felt their joy and their pain intensely. I was absolutely glued to the book and couldn't stop reading.
Impossible to put down.
Vividly set against the backdrop of colonial India, Jenny Ashcroft's latest historical tale brings to life the colour, love and heartbreak that makes life worth living . . . Powerful and evocative, this will surely sweep you along
Evocative, lush and beautifully written... I couldn't put it down.
A great read, with a complex and involving plot, appealing characters and two touching love stories.