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The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes
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The Ship of Brides (original 2016; edition 2012)

by Jojo Moyes (Author)

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"From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures. 1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England-aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy's ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted - forever"--… (more)
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Title:The Ship of Brides
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Info:Hodder Paperback (2012), 496 pages
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I have to wonder if I would've like this as much if I read it instead of listened to it, but I am such a sucker for British (and Australian) accents, that the audio experience tipped it to 5 stars. Also, I love a little untold niche of a bigger story. So here we have WWII -- again. But the unique angle on it, which has some historic truth, is the shipload of brides sent from Australia to England after the war -- on a soon-to-be decommissioned aircraft carrier, HMS Victorious. Apparently there were many such boatloads, but most (if not all) were cruise lines with supreme comfort. This was a group of 650 brides, joining the crew of over 1,000 men (none of whom were their husbands!). Moyes takes this fact into her capable hands and spins a glorious fiction of 4 specific women who were bunked together at random. Maggie, a strong, 6 mos. pregnant farm-raised woman, Jeanne, a 16-yr old good-time girl looking for an escape, Avis, a society woman who is less than pleased with her roommates, Frances, a reserved, somewhat mysterious nurse who relishes being useful. Moyes tells each's individual story -- home life, background, how they met their husband, how they ended up on this boat, etc. and she interjects various stories that happen on board -- from the onboard beauty pageant, to some of the sailors side-stories like Marine Nicholl who is posted to guard their cabin, to Captain Highfield's background and how he came to (reluctantly) command this ship. She captures both the feelings, fears, emotional stories of all the women -- (a few were removed from the ship after "Not wanted, don't come" telegrams, for example) to all the inner workings of the ship and its men: their rank, their duties, the pecking order and how many aspects of the day-to-day operations work. There is some humor here because the 2 strands are so diametrically opposed -- women's lingerie hanging out on the guardrails, etc., but also a lot of heartfelt drama and quite a few surprises in the plot. Each chapter begins with a quote from an original source -- newspaper article, journal, diary, ship's log, etc. which grounds the story nicely in history. The story is framed in the present, when an elderly woman catches sight of the Victorious in a scrap-yard in India, while on a trip with her granddaughter. The flashback begins there. This is a romance story, but not a cheesy one -- the characters are quite fleshed out and complicated and for sure you will root for one. A great summer book. Ultimately, I felt manipulated, but I didn't mind, and wanted it to continue beyond the ending. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
Another one of her books to love. I was so glad I could go right back to the beginning when I reached the end. The story is wonderful, from historical parts to the emotional ones. There is so much detail about the ship ----yes, as she said in the acknowledgements....this was not an easy book to put together...but I am so very glad that she did. ( )
  nyiper | Jul 11, 2020 |
Older book. Intersting history. Liked the characters ( )
  shazjhb | Jun 29, 2020 |
Great book. Australian brides who married British servicemen during the war are being shipped to UK to reunite with their husbands. Four very different girls are sharing a cabin; some nice others not so much. Characters very true to life. Not a happy ever after for all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  scot2 | Aug 2, 2019 |
A great story about a group of women in a situation that must have been incredibly alien. Well reserached, and with a strong, varied cast of characters, it brings to life this piece of history, even though it is fiction. The interwoven stories of the characters all remain interesting throughout the novel, and there are plenty of unexpected plot twists. Difficult to put down. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Aug 9, 2018 |
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"From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures. 1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England-aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy's ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted - forever"--

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The year is 1946, and all over the world young women are crossing the seas in their 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 HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers and men.

Rules of honour, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's Captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.
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