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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 June 6th 2005 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2005)
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Carol
Nov 04, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
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. Ov
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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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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.
Suzanne
Jan 01, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, favourites
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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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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Meg
Dec 20, 2014 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I was on a slow boat to Britain right along with them.
Jo
Feb 13, 2013 Jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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(ツ) Hache
Jun 27, 2014 (ツ) Hache rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Hazel McNellis
Mar 01, 2016 Hazel McNellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bücher, bei denen man hinterher erst einmal einen Moment braucht, um zurück in das wahre Leben zu finden, das sind die wirklich guten Bücher.

Zu diesen Büchern zähle ich grundsätzlich auch jene von Jojo Moyes. Mir gefällt ihr Schreibstil - nicht zwangsläufig die Erzählform. Ihre Geschichten ziehen mich sofort in ihren Bann. Die Art, wie sie beschreibt, ist unglaublich lebendig! Einfühlsam, spannend und flüssig reiht sie die Sätze aneinander und spinnt so ein eindringliches, berührendes Netz um d
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Barbara Elsborg
Sep 10, 2012 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Brenda


This was BEYOND boring! I thought would never end ._.
The prologue was so touching I was convinced the book gonna be great. I was wrong.

Jessica
Great ending. Many a time I almost gave up on it. It is rather darker then I expected.
Ashley
Jan 17, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: source-pbs
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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Becky
Dec 21, 2014 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Gee
Aug 17, 2012 Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Patrizia
Mar 24, 2016 Patrizia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, read-in-german
Ein toller Roman über Hoffnung, Intrigenspiele, Liebe und 600 Frauen auf einem Flugzeugträger welcher sie nach England zu ihren Ehemänner bringen sollte. Die Frauen freuen sich auf ein Wiedersehen mit ihrem Männern, endlich ist der Krieg vorbei und alle sollten wieder vereint werden. Auf dem Schiff reist auch Frances mit, eine junge zurückhaltende Krankenschwester. In der ganzen Geschichte bleibt sie eher verschlossen nur in Henry Nicol, ein Marinesoldat, findet sie langsam Vertrauen, welcher je ...more
Sarah
Oct 03, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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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Maree
Aug 10, 2016 Maree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an extraordinary book centred so deeply or the women who travelled over after the war of 1945. How these thousand of females war brides travelled over the ocean to England. I loved this most amazing book written by Jo Jo Moyes. She is certainly a favourite of mine indeed!

Discovering who is on aboard this trip. So many stories are told all by so many different women all suffering too. So much history in this travel so far for all these poor women. I really enjoyed all these different stories
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Lydia Bailey
Mar 28, 2016 Lydia Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. A really enjoyable read with an original and interesting plot. Great characterisation not quite as gripping as some of her other books but it's stayed with me and would highly recommend it.
Karen ⊰✿
Feb 04, 2017 Karen ⊰✿ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno_2017
In 1946, after careful negotiations between the British and Australian governments, HMS Victoria left Sydney with over 600 "war brides" on board, plus 1000 naval staff. The brides were all Australian citizens who had married a UK citizen during wartime and in many cases, hadn't seen their husband for years. This is a time when a flight between Sydney and London had only just begun (at a speedy 63 hours!), Australians were seen by many British as country bumpkins, and decorum and reputation were ...more
Skaistė
Feb 24, 2017 Skaistė rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dar viena puiki Jojo Moyes knyga. Kai trūksta laiko, atrodo neįveikiamas iššūkis ją perskaityti. Bet kai to laiko atsiranda, supranti, kad knyga pasibaigė pernelyg greitai :)
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. In "The Ship of Brides," we follow several women who are are leaving the only home they've ever known in Australia to go to England after World War II to meet up with the British soldiers that they fell in love with during the war. One of the reasons that I most love reading historical fiction is because I often learn about things that I've never known before. This book definitely had that for me. I had never heard of these women who left their own countries to marry soldiers after th ...more
Mª João Monteiro
Este livro conta a história do navio porta-aviões que levou 600 noivas australianas ao encontro dos seus maridos ingleses, após o final da II Guerra Mundial. Para começar, o navio teve de ser adaptado por não haver mais nenhum e os compartimentos eram acanhados. Estranho era também tal quantidade de mulheres num navio que não estava habituado a elas. Depois, seguimos quatro mulheres com as suas especificidades em interação com o que as rodeava. Vamos sabendo a suas história de vida, bem como a d ...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
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Деница Райкова
Плаването ми на борда на "Корабът с булките" току-що приключи.
И мога да кажа, че от всички книги на Джоджо Мойс досега тази ми хареса най-много. Може би се дължеше донякъде и на факта, че за основа на романа служат истински събития. Но дори да не беше така, историята е вълнуваща и увлекателна. Трогателна на моменти. Една от онези истории, които те карат да си представяш живо събитията и наистина те прави съпричастен към съдбата на героите.
"Корабът...." обаче не е книга, която се чете "на един дъ
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Ann
Jan 23, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Denise
May 05, 2013 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was completely intrigued by this book. The topic was so interesting for me. My grandmother was a war bride.....born and raised in France, married an Englishman and then settled in Canada. She was full of life, independent and courageous, much like the main characters in this book. Thank you Jojo Moyes for writing this book!
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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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