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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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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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Suzanne
What a wonderful book that I've just finished. One of those that really mean something. It was a pleasure to read this book, the first of Jo Jo Moyes that I have had the pleasure to read. This is a beautiful story that is based on a factual voyage, each chapter starts with an non fictional extract based on experiences of war brides, or those who served on the 'Victorious'.

The year is 1946, and almost 700 war brides are making their way to England, the war is over. We follow a group of gals who h
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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
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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.
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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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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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.


Characters/POV

Told in third person narrative, there a 4 main brides out of the 650 women who end up being roomies togethe
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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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Nicole Long
This book has it all! Mystery, romance, intrigue, joy, despair. The characters are well developed and interesting. The book is long, but not too long. It finishes where it should, leaving the reader with lots to think about. Great!
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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Becky
On October 27, 1945 the HMS Victorious set off for the first of three trips to transport WWII servicemen and war brides. Jojo Moyes's own grandmother was one of those brides, traveling from Australia to England to be with her husband. According to the acknowledgements, her story and others inspired The Ship of Brides, which was originally released back in 2005 but has recently been reissued by Penguin.

The war has ended and out of the remaining war brides in Australia, Margaret, Avice, Jean, and
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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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Ann
3.5 perhaps, but quite an enjoyable read, very engaging, and satisfied my need for historical information and accuracy. Thought very well researched. This book was originally published in Britain in 2005, new to American readers. Tells the stories of Australian women/girls who married English servicemen during 2nd World War, and their subsequent journeys to England. Delineates the different biases women faced that men did not. Divergent characters presented fully in a balanced way. A lovely quie ...more
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.
Anna
I really enjoyed the stories of the brides. The snippets from journals and articles at the start of each chapter were informative. What a leap of faith these women took, leaving behind the homes, families and and all that is familiar to embark on a journey of many weeks to reunite with husbands they've barely spent time with. What awaits them in their new homes? Will they be accepted into their new families?
What I found distracting, though, was the flow of the story. It seemed to transition and
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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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Judy
Again, reading historical fiction has added to my knowledge of historical events. It was news to me that hundreds of Australian women who had married British servicemen sailed to Great Britain as guests of the UK. I found several references on the Internet about war brides being re-united with their husbands in other countries after the war. But the following article is of special interest to readers of JoJo Moyes' "Ship of Brides."

"2006 marked the sixtieth anniversary of a little-known piece of
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Kelly Rommelfanger
The first half felt slow for me, but by the 2nd half I couldn't put it down, and I LOVED the ending!
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!
Kris
Loved the historical aspect of shipping WW2 brides from Australia to England on an aircraft carrier-- something I knew nothing about. Just fascinating to read about this journey, and I really appreciated all the 1940s social norms! What they went through to keep the genders from improperly mixing.... But even better than the story setting and premise, was that we got to hear the personal stories of several of the war brides. The four we learned about were all very different but woven together ex ...more
Roxanne
Thank you to Penguin Books via Netgalley for the free review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Did I like this book?

I used to read nothing but historical fiction, and this book reminded me of why I loved that genre so much! It's got everything I want in a more involved read - characters with depth, a setting that draws me in and I can clearly picture in my mind, and an impeccably paced plot.

When I first read the title, I was picturing a ship full of mail order brides, but it turns out that
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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
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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.

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