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The year is 1946, and all over the world, young women are crossing the seas in the thousands en route to the men they married in wartime - and an unknown future. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England, aboard the HMS Victoria, which also carries not just arms and aircraft but 1,000 naval officers and men. Rules of honou...more
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Published 2005
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Buggy
Opening Line: “The first time I saw her again, I felt as if I’d been hit.”

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
Hache
Jul 03, 2014 Hache rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Firstly I have to say that this is a tough book to get into. I put it down many times and only read little bits at a time, It almost felt like I was reading this for school. If it was by any other author I would've given up. I'm so glad I kept with it.

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.


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Told in third person narrative, there a 4 main brides out of the 650 women who end up being roomies together...more
Gee
This was my second Jojo Moyes book, after reading and thoroughly enjoying 'The last letter from your lover'.

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
Barbara Elsborg
I like Jojo Moyes but I'd avoided reading this one because of the time period. It's not something that interests me BUT what a mistake. I was quickly drawn in to the lives of these Australian women en route for the UK after the war as husbands of British servicemen. I loved the variety of characters, the understated love story, it all worked really well. I could easily see this as a film!
Tara Chevrestt
I'm a huge fan of Jojo Moyes and until now have never been on the fence with what to rate her work. This one is a tough one though. I liked half; I disliked half. I found myself impatient to know what happened in the end, to each and every one of the girls, yet at the same time, I found myself skimming the "man" parts--the captain's tale, Nicol's story, this guy and that guy. They bored me, and I didn't care about their lives.

This story doesn't really let the reader get to know the heroines, and...more
Sarah
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. I might actually say I was shocked by how involved and interested in it I became.

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
Jennie
600 plus war brides crossing from Australia to England on, of all means of transport , an aircraft carrier. All anticipating with excitement their new life abroad and yet anxious that they might get the dreaded " Not Wanted, Don't Come" telegram. The book follows the journey of four of these brides and what life was like during those 6 weeks at sea.

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
Jo
I love JoJo Moyes and her ability to make Chick-lit (which I love), just a bit different. Some of her books are based on historical events, again something that I find is a great asset to her writing.
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
Ashley
I loved the idea of this book, but not the execution. I'm wondering if I built it up too much in my head before reading as I thought the premise a really interesting one. I enjoyed it but this book wasn't a favorite. Actually, that's the problem I have: this book read like a tv series. I feel like you could literally hand sections of the book to a director and, in order, he'll make an Avice episode, the Frances background episode, etc.

A quick, easy read with an interesting premise based on true...more
candiemac
I liked this book, but it was nowhere near 'Me Before You'. I liked the historical aspect of it and Australian war brides waiting two years to see their British husbands was something I knew nothing about. It was certainly well-researched and had a good plot, but I didn't warm to some of the characters as others seem to. A good read though, probably most suited to the beach.
Notty
Another good read by Jojo Moyes………….Love that I've now discovered her writing!
Kathryn
This is a wonderfully well written book about a subject that I had never really contemplated. War brides and their journey.

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
Barb
This is the fourth Jojo Moyes book I've read and while I liked it I also thought it wasn't quite as good as the other three. I love 'Me Before You' and highly recommend it.

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
Evelyn Lee
Jun 30, 2014 Evelyn Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Evelyn by: Terse Parnes
Enjoyed it immensely. It completely held my my attention with believable characters and an interesting story based on history,
Kim

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
Vicki
This book is based on the true story of WWII brides that married men from England. At the end of the war, the Navy shipped them to England on an aircraft carrier. The story focuses on 4 women that share a small room. Margaret, pregnant and the nicest of the bunch, Avice, the spoiled little rich girl, Frances, a nurse in the war, and Jean, a young girl of 15. The book goes through the trials and tribulations of this 6 week journey.
I had a hard time with this book. I love Jojo Moyes. She is one o...more
Judy Collins
A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. An e-book, coming out Oct 28, 2014, an earlier work now available in the U.S. for the first time.

The SHIP OF BRIDES by Jojo Moyes is a moving story about a group of women, post-WWII and war brides, crossing the seas to face their unknown futures.

A story based on a real events taking place, as thousands of young women were transported to Great Britain or the United States from Australia to meet up wit...more
Kim Ambler
I really enjoyed The Ship of Brides, by Jojo Moyes. It was an interesting work of historical fiction describing the journey of the Australian war brides to England to be with their husbands just after World War 2 ended. The book focused on four specific brides and what the trip was like for them. I loved learning the back stories of these characters. Prior to reading this, I didn't know anything about the war brides. It was fascinating to read an account of what the long journey might have been...more
Joyce
Loved this book for many reasons! The Ship of Brides tells the story of the journey of 655 Australian war brides who had married British soldiers during WWII as they traveled from Australia to Liverpool, England on an aircraft carrier. Most of the brides had been transported on ocean liners but when there was no more room on the liners, the aircraft carrier was put to service for this purpose. It was also the last journey of that ship and the last tour of the Royal Navy captain on the carrier. T...more
Pbwritr
Lovely, lovely book. Australia's war brides are enroute to England after the war ona partially converted aircraft carrier. Six weeks on board, 600 women, and the captain isn't too happy. Settles on the stories of four women in one cabin, how they got married, where they came from--and lots of incidents of insecurity, jealousy, and fun. What a life story these women had.
Nisrin
It was very difficult to get started. The first 50 pages really dragged for me. However, once I got to know the characters, they were quite endearing!
Amy
I enjoyed this book on the whole, but for me the characters needed more fleshing out, and rather than the bit with Frances as an old lady, i would have liked a bit more of Avice, to find out what happened after she left the ship. I preferred the Last Letter from your Lover by the same author.
Vicky
This is another exceptional book from JoJo Moyes. I won't go into the plot details, you can read the description yourself. All I will say is that this is book about atonement, redemption and new beginnings. I loved Margaret, Frances, Jean, Nicol and Captain Highfield and their stories. Even though Avice was such a pill I felt sorry for her in the end and loved how her mother came through for her in her own way. This was a very emotional book for me, but ultimately in a very happy way. I think it...more
Anne
This is a fantastic book...about women who travel after the war to meet their new husbands and start a new life in the UK. It's really heartwarming and funny and sad all at the same time. Gives a great insight into how people lived in that era too.
Barb
Brides taking a fighter ship from Australia to England to meet their new husbands after the war....long trip. This book is about 4 of the girls, Margaret (Maggie), Frances, Avice and Jean, sad book, but I loved the ending
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Julie
I enjoyed the book for the most part, it was an interesting idea and well written, but I wanted something more from the book.

It was an interesting concept, I enjoyed the historical extracts at the beginning of each chapter. On a historical fiction side, the author did a fantastic job highlighting the lives of war brides. From their journeys on the ships, to the sacrifices they had to make, the author creates a near perfect image of what they had to go through to get to their husbands. This book...more
Hazel
After all the hype surrounding her novel, Me before you, I thought I would read this book that has been on my bookshelves for an unknown amount of time. It just never jumped out at me before so I thought I would dive right on in.

It started quite slowly and I was wondering where is was going to go. The style started off feeling a bit strange to me but it all started to make sense about a third of the way into the book once all the threads of the characters started coming together.

I must admit t...more
Shonna Froebel
This novel follows four young women on their trip as Australian war brides, traveling from Australia to England in 1946. This trip really occurred, with the war brides traveling on an aircraft carrier that had been partially converted to create cabin space for them.
The history was interesting. The girls we follow include a farm girl well along in her pregnancy, a society girl, a nurse, and a very young bride of sixteen. Margaret, the farm girl is very down to earth and direct. She is friendly an...more
Selina Baaklini
The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes is a story about how four girls travel across the sea from Sydney to England to finally reconnect with their husbands they married during World War 1, who had to leave to fight for their country. The four main girls, Jean, Avice, Maggie and Frances all have very different personalities making the book interesting, it shows how people of different classes and backgrounds were affected by the travel and the separation from their husbands. The ship the girls are put...more
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

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
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