A moving novel based on a true story, by Jojo Moyes, internationally bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and the new bestseller Still Me.
'Brimming over with friendship, sadness, humour and romance, as well as several unexpected plot twists, it's a tremendously satisfying read and (for my money) even better than ... Me Before You.' - Daily Mail
Australia, 1946. 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men.
On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, one bride in particular, it soon becomes clear that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.
'Wonderful' - Sunday Express
'Scintillating.' - Woman & Home
'Gloriously entertaining' - Mirror
'Fascinating' - Heat
'Engaging and poignant' - Glasgow Herald
'Irresistible' - Daily Express
Ship of brides
Absolutely wonderful read, I didn't realise how hard these girls had it coming "home" to husbands married in war time, leaving their homes and families. A truly gifted writer enjoyed every page. Thanks
A good solid read
This is an enjoyable tale that focuses on the journey of four warbrides to England after WWII. I did nearly stop reading at the beginning because the author starts in Australia but has either never been here or did insufficient research beforehand... 'ute' not 'pick-up' as an example of terminology. Working dogs on farms do not come in the house and sleep around the fire, they are working dogs and they live outside - an example of lifestyle. Once on board the ship the story moves along quite well as the pasts and motivations of the main characters are revealed through flashbacks. The story is anchored (no pun intended!) at either end by the present and the reflections of one of the brides. In all, the book is predictable but pleasant...
...except for the death of the little dog, which, while unpredictable, in this book where you see nearly everything coming, was really unnecessary. I will also add that there are a few loose ends. What happened to one of the main characters who was put off the boat? What happened to the captain? To the married children from the marine's first marriage?