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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. Ove ...more
Jojo Moyes is a versatile novelist. She picks a topic she wants to write about and makes it her own. There's a richness and depth to this story that surpasses Me Before You.
I absolutely loved this book, another winner from JoJo Moyes who bases this moving story on real events (and her own grandmother) Taking the reader back to 1946 in the aftermath of the Second World War as thousands of young war brides are transported from Australia to England to meet up with their GI husbands who they’d married during the conflict. For many woman it was a time of huge uncertainty, leaving their families an ...more
This is my fifth Jojo Moyes novel and, unfortunately, the only one I thought would never end.
The storyline is GREAT based on actual historical events of post WW2 war brides traveling aboard a naval warship to reunite with their husbands in England. I also enjoyed reading the newspaper and journal entries posted at the beginning of each chapter, but other than Frances' and Nicol's story, I am sorry to say, it was pretty much slow going with confusing dialogue and needless catty conversat...more
Once you actually read a meaty chuck of it you start to feel like your really on board the ship apart of these brides lives.
Told in third person narrative, there a 4 main brides out of the 650 women who end up being roomies together ...more
This story doesn't really let the reader get to know the heroines, and ...more
The Ship of Brides is a moving story based on a real events taking place in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, as thousands of young women were transported to Great Britain or the United States from Australia to meet up with the GI-husbands they married when they were stationed in the country during the conflict. In many cases, these young women left their families and homes ...more
JoJo Moyes weaves together the stories of four very different women into a comprehensive masterpiece. I was surprised to find that even in the telling of such an intricate tale, none of the women's stories felt ingenuine or like plot devices; even the mysteries surrounding them unravelled in what felt like a natural way. Nothing about this book was forced or overwrought, whi ...more
However, and it is a shame to say that, this book just didn't work for me. I found the storyline hard to get in to, possibly a little dull at times. I don't know much about the subject of Australian war brides and the book didn't really help. I found it hard to pick up on the love the brides had for ...more
A quick, easy read with an interesting premise based on true ...more
I received an advanced readers copy from Penguin Group via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! This appears to be a re-release of the title as Edelweiss has the publication date as October 28, 2014 but earlier dates are indicated on Goodreads.
I was drawn to this book for three reasons. The first was because of the author. I have read two other books by Moyes that I adored and have all of her other books on ...more
This story starts off slowly and is told with a split setting. The contemporary story line includes a young woman Jennifer and her grandmother who are on vacation together. Then the reader is taken back to 1945 and introduced to four very different women who eventually come together on a voyage from Australia to England after ...more
This is a great read. It's interesting and engaging. The premise of the book is based on fact - the shipping of war brides from Australia to England ...more
The Ship of Brides is a fictionalized account of the true story of Australian women who married British soldiers during WW2. After the war, hundreds of women were brought to England ...more
In July 1946, the British aircraft carrier HMS Victorious traveled from Sydney to take 655 Australian war brides of British servicemen to Britain where their husbands awaited them. More than 1100 men also were on board. These young women had married British servicemen serving in Australia during the war. When the author discovered that her grandmother had actually been one of these bri ...more
The author researched letters of the the brides, and toured ships to write a novel based on true experiences of these women. Specifically this novel tells the story of 4 women who went from Australia to England on a ship that was on its final voyage. In this story, we hear about the romance, the heart break, pregnancies and in some cases, Not Wanted Don't Come telegrams tha ...more
Some people found it boring in places but I thought it moved at a good pace - this could be because I listened to it on audio book so I may ...more
The second time I tried to read this book I got as far as 10 pages through and gave up yet again.
And for whatever reason, the third time I read the book, I read the whole thing all the way through - in two days no less, staying up to all hours to just find out what happens to ...more
I've only read one other book by Moyes--the deftly handled Me Before You.
The war bride phenomenon is fascinating. Men and women thrown together in circumstances of heightened emotions. Men far from home and grateful for feminine companionship; women falling in love with men they barely know; rushed weddings; women waiting and hoping their new husbands would survive the brutality of war.
The Ship of Brides is the story of four Australian brides who are among the 655 women who l ...more
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes is based on a true story and is about a group of women who travel on the British Navy aircraft carrier, HMS Victorious, to England from Australia to meet up with the husbands they married during the war. The story follows the journey of four of 650 'brides' on board the ship. These four share a makeshift cabin together and they make the six week long voyage away from their family and friends in Australia to an unknown and brand new life in England. But the ship h ...more
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Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.
Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.
She is mar ...more