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The Ship of Brides: 'Brimming over with friendship, sadness, humour and romance, as well as several unexpected plot twists' - Daily Mail

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars and Someone Else’s Shoes,a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures. I must confess from the outset that my mother was a New Zealand American War Bride and because of that I was curious after reading the title--so I bought it to read! This is the last of my gifts from my sister of my heart Verlie’s donations that I will be bringing my review to Goodreads.

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes: 9780143126478

We learn about life on board in trying times, and the crew that is charged with getting our brides there safe and sound. I also enjoyed the character of the captain, and Henry too. I tell you, Frances, Margaret, Avice, Jean were magnificent persons, each one in her own way. Each one struggle with her own fears and past. What happened to them before, during and after the voyage showed how different life and people are but at the same time how alike. Next to female characters there were Nicol, Highfield, Tims and husbands. They presence made the book greater and more compelling. I can't tell you more about those people without spoiling, I am not able to do it (without spoiling) because their stories described and made them.

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When I finished this novel, I didn’t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . An affair to remember.” It’s the end of World War II and thousands of Australian women, War Brides, will be traveling to England to reunite with the men they married. Over 600 will not have the luxury of traveling on a ship like the Queen Mary with all of its amenities but will make the six-week journey on The Victoria, an aircraft carrier. The Victoria is ill suited as a vessel for women, outfitted for its crew of men and planes. The book focuses on four of the brides allowing us a window to their hopes, fears and dreams. These four along with the others are leaving all that they know, all who they know behind to start a new life on foreign shores. Even those madly in love wonder at the sanity of their decision. And what of those who mid-voyage receive a Dear Jane Letter.

The Ship of Brides - JoJo Moyes

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Giver of Stars and the forthcoming Someone Else’s Shoes, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures The story begins in India in 2002 (which initially threw me a bit) as an elderly grandmother on vacation stumbles across the broken hull of a once great British warship, now in the process of being dismantled for scrap on an oily, debris littered beach. She has come upon a ship graveyard and can just make out the name on one of the rusted hulls “Victoria” and at once is overwhelmed by memories…


Masterful . . . a heartbreaker in the best sense . . . Me Before Youis achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy.” Australian brides form friendships as they make their way to England aboard an aircraft carrier in this novel, originally published in Britain in 2005, from Moyes ( Silver Bay, 2014, etc.). There's a mix of these 3 brides povs throughout the book, If I where to tell you who the main character is it would be a toss up between Margaret and Frances, there's more from Margaret in the first half and the second half we have more of Frances pov once we find out her past. If I were to spoil it for you I would say this is more Frances book

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