The Ship of Brides

The Ship of Brides

Large Print - 2015 ©2005
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Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015. ©2005
ISBN: 9781410477170
Characteristics: 669 pages ; 23 cm


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Mar 08, 2019

Jojo Moyes writes historical fiction with the same talent seen in her previous stories of love and survival. A bit of history unknown to me and I'm sure many more. Unfortunate that these women missed the "me too movement" - they certainly could have used a bit of it!!

ontherideau May 10, 2018

Imagine meeting a man in the desperate times of war and deciding quickly to get married. The new husband sails away, not to be seen for some time. Then imagine leaving everything you've known in life to join the man in his world- if he still wants you.
I was captivated by the characters and the moral decisions made, for better or worse.

Apr 27, 2018

It was interesting to read about these women and how the war changed their lives so completely. This was one aspect of the war that I had never heard about.
To me it is sad that women had so little love in their lives and were treated so badly that they were willing to give up their families and lives and move to the other side of the planet after meeting a guy only a few times. The "Not Wanted Don't Come" letters were stupefying. A very cruel thing that men created and the British Navy supported.
A woman gets raped on the ship and is blamed for it, to think we are just now getting a "Me Too" movement.
It was a slow read, got repetitive about 2/3 of the way through then was quite a slog but it was worth it in the end.

Jun 27, 2017

A big JoJo fan, I turned to reading some older novels while waiting for the next big one.
This one is different because it's historical, so you don't get the gripping moral dilemmas that she is known for in her recent work. This earlier style of writing is not as honed as the shorter, raw honesty she narrates with today, although Sister Frances is a fledgling wallflower to her stronger, later characters.
Based on historical facts and accounts of young brides being rejoined with their servicemen husbands, JoJo respects chronological events of the end of the war as well as portrayal of the differing realities some of these couples faced. Most haunting are the telegrams received with the simple wording, Not Wanted. Don't Come. How such devastation can be conveyed in four short words. JoJo brilliantly explores the lives and the feelings many of these very young women faced.

Mar 15, 2017

In SHIP OF BRIDES author Jojo Moyes offers a fascinating glimpse into a little-known period of history. The year is 1946, and this fictional story follows 4 Australian war brides traveling aboard a British aircraft carrier to reunite with the husbands they married, but hardly spent time with, during WWII. Throughout the 6-week journey from Australia to England the narrative also provides insights into several British servicemen ending their tour of duty. The plot has it all - secrets, intrigue, joy, friendship, romance, despair, and loss - and by the end, all lives have changed. Once again, Jojo Moyes creates well-balanced, believable characters. Her writing appears well-researched, especially regarding life aboard ship and the social mores of the time. My only criticism is that it took me longer than usual to get into the story, but the ending was worth it and several characters stayed with me long after I turned the last page.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 10, 2016

This one read very slowly which is why I am knocking it down a bit, but overall I did enjoy this story especially with it's historical context. A fascinating story! And thank goodness it ended the way it did, I would NOT have been a happy camper if it didn't :)

RidnLibn Sep 01, 2016

Though I'm the daughter of a WWII veteran, I had never heard about bride ships. Everywhere Allied forces served, soldiers married local women. At the end of the war, all those brides needed transport to be reunited with their new (and foreign) husbands.

"Ship of Brides" tells the story of 4 Australian women who were among 650 sent to their new homes in England on an aircraft carrier. Their circumstances differed, but they are all touched in some way by the experience of travelling in an all-men's world. Moyes works her usual magic in intertwining different themes and characters. This is a great, big, delicious read that would be equally perfect for the beach or in front of a fireplace.

Aug 28, 2015

A wonderful read. Surprises at the end.

madison382 Aug 23, 2015

Beautifully written.

Apr 29, 2015

Moyes turns her talent to historical fiction. The WWII Australian women who married British GI’s during the war are transported to England vial Bride Ships. Four very different women end up as roommates on an aircraft carrier. This is an enjoyable story about what it was like for the British Navy personnel and the 600 brides on board in very close, very supervised quarters. Hum, it made me think those women my mom’s age certainly weren’t always the prime, proper young things they lead their children to believe! As usual, Moyes picked a very interesting subject as the basis of a novel. For some the trip ended in sorrow with telegraphs that read “Not wanted. Go back.” And for others, wives did live happily ever after with their spouse.

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Mar 15, 2017

“the only people who still have all the answers are those who have never been faced with the questions”


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