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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
Paperback, 482 pages
Published 2005
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Carol
Maybe this leopard can change her spots. I'm the perennial thriller reader. I read thrillers because they are often fast passed, make my heart beat faster and I love a suspenseful read. So why have I found myself bewtiched by the author JoJo Moyes? I have just finished my third book The Ship of Brides and will be singing its praises to everyone I meet.

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
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
So...ummm....yeah....I just finished this and I don't have words. Multiple superlatives will be used. This one moved me in so many ways. Holy shite, what a story. I became quite attached to Frances and Maggie. I will miss them.

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.
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
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Carol
2.5 Stars

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

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❃* Hache *❃
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
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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
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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!
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
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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
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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
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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
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Kristine
Original review can be found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

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
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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
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Jen
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
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Ann
Jo Jo Moyes really takes her time in the beginning describing life on a ship full of Australian war brides on their way to the UK. The characters also reveal themselves slowly. I'm glad I stuck with it, but I was on the fence through the fist half of the book. Ship of Brides is worth the wait.
Karen Germain
I've recently begun using NetGalley, where reviewers can request advanced copies of books from publishers, in exchange for an honest review. I felt like I hit the jackpot, when Penguin Books approved me for Jojo Moyes' The Ship of Brides. Moyes is a fantastic writer and I was excited to read another one of her novels.

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
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Jill
This is a wonderful, memorable story and a fascinating glimpse into a part of history of which I was not aware.

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
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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.
Erin
I found the premise of this book to be more compelling than the actual story. I love a good, big, historical fiction romance novel, and I love the fact that it was based on true events of the day. The book itself left much to be desired. It was so slow in the beginning. I read this on my kindle and was 53% through before I was actually interested in reading more. Throughout, I wanted to know more about the relationships with the brides and their husbands. The book was primarily based on the rela ...more
Kathy
The beginning was a bit confusing and a rather strange place to start…but I read on and it grew on me. It was build on many stories with many subsequent flashbacks. What I didn't like and why I only gave 3 stars, is the author's total disregard for an epilogue. It had a wide focus only to be narrowed down to a single story at the end leaving so many loose ends that makes one wonder why develop the other characters so much just to have them cast away to an unfinished end? I felt cheated as you tr ...more
Notty
Another good read by Jojo Moyes………….Love that I've now discovered her writing!
Elizabeth Moffat
On my quest to read the entire back catalogue of one of my favourite authors, Jojo Moyes, I came across this little gem, The Ship Of Brides which is set immediately after the end of the Second World War. The majority of the story is set on-board HMS Victoria, a Royal Navy aircraft carrier due to be retired soon after its final journey which attempts to take hundreds of brides from Australia back to England to meet up with the husbands they married during the war. Many of these women have not see ...more
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
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Lisa
I was really interested in reading about the war brides so was really confused when the book started in modern day. I was sorely disappointed as I did not like the characters and started to panic - don't worry! - this is only a small part of the book, as soon as the reverie began and we were transported back in time I began to enjoy the story and characters.
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
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Anna Malina
Только начала читать, но уже затянуло*_*
Josie
I loved it. Interesting history, great characters and stories. Very cinematic. I'd be surprised if this isn't made into a film somewhere down the road.
Thedreamconjurer
The first time I tried to read this book I read about 20 pages and grew bored of the way the story was being told - which is something, because I usually love historical fiction and will stick through with it till the end.

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
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Joan
A Grandma, Francis goes on a trip to Egypt to chaperone her granddaughter. While touring, the Grandmother sees a ship being dismantled. She faints. When she awakes, she tells her granddaughter the story of the ship of brides that were war brides from Australia to be taken to England on a battle ship. The character development of the brides and navy men are amazing. The readers feels a connection with each one as the author tells us how they wind up on the ship. Francis is one of the brides as we ...more
Jen
The Ship of Brides

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
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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
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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
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