The Ship of Brides

The Ship of Brides

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures. 1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England--aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy's ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted--forever"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780143126478
0143126474
Branch Call Number: FIC Moyes, J 2014
Characteristics: xii, 446 pages ; 22 cm

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1_Great_Book
Jun 27, 2017

A big JoJo fan, I turned to reading some older novels while waiting for the next big one.
This one is different because it's historical, so you don't get the gripping moral dilemmas that she is known for in her recent work. This earlier style of writing is not as honed as the shorter, raw honesty she narrates with today, although Sister Frances is a fledgling wallflower to her stronger, later characters.
Based on historical facts and accounts of young brides being rejoined with their servicemen husbands, JoJo respects chronological events of the end of the war as well as portrayal of the differing realities some of these couples faced. Most haunting are the telegrams received with the simple wording, Not Wanted. Don't Come. How such devastation can be conveyed in four short words. JoJo brilliantly explores the lives and the feelings many of these very young women faced.

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cknightkc
Mar 15, 2017

In SHIP OF BRIDES author Jojo Moyes offers a fascinating glimpse into a little-known period of history. The year is 1946, and this fictional story follows 4 Australian war brides traveling aboard a British aircraft carrier to reunite with the husbands they married, but hardly spent time with, during WWII. Throughout the 6-week journey from Australia to England the narrative also provides insights into several British servicemen ending their tour of duty. The plot has it all - secrets, intrigue, joy, friendship, romance, despair, and loss - and by the end, all lives have changed. Once again, Jojo Moyes creates well-balanced, believable characters. Her writing appears well-researched, especially regarding life aboard ship and the social mores of the time. My only criticism is that it took me longer than usual to get into the story, but the ending was worth it and several characters stayed with me long after I turned the last page.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 10, 2016

This one read very slowly which is why I am knocking it down a bit, but overall I did enjoy this story especially with it's historical context. A fascinating story! And thank goodness it ended the way it did, I would NOT have been a happy camper if it didn't :)

RidnLibn Sep 01, 2016

Though I'm the daughter of a WWII veteran, I had never heard about bride ships. Everywhere Allied forces served, soldiers married local women. At the end of the war, all those brides needed transport to be reunited with their new (and foreign) husbands.

"Ship of Brides" tells the story of 4 Australian women who were among 650 sent to their new homes in England on an aircraft carrier. Their circumstances differed, but they are all touched in some way by the experience of travelling in an all-men's world. Moyes works her usual magic in intertwining different themes and characters. This is a great, big, delicious read that would be equally perfect for the beach or in front of a fireplace.

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mamariccardi
Aug 28, 2015

A wonderful read. Surprises at the end.

madison382 Aug 23, 2015

Beautifully written.

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brangwinn
Apr 29, 2015

Moyes turns her talent to historical fiction. The WWII Australian women who married British GI’s during the war are transported to England vial Bride Ships. Four very different women end up as roommates on an aircraft carrier. This is an enjoyable story about what it was like for the British Navy personnel and the 600 brides on board in very close, very supervised quarters. Hum, it made me think those women my mom’s age certainly weren’t always the prime, proper young things they lead their children to believe! As usual, Moyes picked a very interesting subject as the basis of a novel. For some the trip ended in sorrow with telegraphs that read “Not wanted. Go back.” And for others, wives did live happily ever after with their spouse.

vicbutterfly Mar 05, 2015

I loved this book for the history, the obvious 'issues' of a ship full of 1000 sailors and 650 young married women who were leaving Australia to meet their husbands in Britain, the problems of a very pregnant 'mother-to-be' and the little dog she smuggled on board, and the many interesting characters, both male and female. I highly recommend it!

M_ALCOTT Feb 13, 2015

It took me a while to get into the story unfolding in "The Ship of Brides." But, it was worth it. I could definitely tell, from just reading, that this is one of Jojo Moyes' earlier works of fiction, compared to her more recent novels(One Plus One, The Girl You Left Behind, and Me Before You). "Ship of Brides," although a fictional story, was inspired by historical events and Moyes' grandmother, a "war bride", who traveled from Australia to Great Britain after World War II.

booklady413 Jan 04, 2015

Everything by Jojo Moyes is very readable. This novel is no exception, and if you love all books in the WWII era you are in for a treat!

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