- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing; 39982nd edition (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1612183328
- ISBN-13: 978-1612183329
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11,171 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Helen Bryan was born in Virginia, grew up in Tennessee, and is a longtime resident of London. A former barrister, she is the author of an award-winning biography of Martha Washington. She was inspired to write War Brides “by the true war-time stories of family and friends in the United States and England, and by the little known stories of the brave young women who joined Churchill’s Special Operations Executive.” This is her first novel.
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I try to avoid "romance novels", but the WWII setting and the friendship theme made me curious so I bought the book and was blown away! The author demonstrates a masterful ability to create a variety of seemingly authentic times and locations for her story. East End London slums, an old fashioned Sussex village, late '30's New Orleans at Mardi Gras time, and a city in Austria as Hitler rises to power. All these settings and the characters and situations they serve are amazingly real and convincing.
The story (or stories, there are several)is more about coping with extraordinary circumstances and the way adapting changes attitudes, actions and whole lives. The growth of the friendship between these disparate women thrown together by chance is mesmerizing to read about.
The various love stories are believable and satisfying although not at all the point of these women's lives.
These women live and breathe and ultimately matter to each other, to themselves and to the war effort to which they have committed. A completely unexpected treat that I'm glad I took a chance on.
One caveat: the text is very peculiar - not just typos and such but odd words and phrases that seem to be left over from an earlier draft where the author was experimenting with tenses and phrasing. Its fairly easy to figure it all out but its disconcerting and breaks concentration. Still a brilliant book though.
But was I ever wrong!! It is a fascinating story of five young girls from
Different walks of life whose separate lives are interwoven together when they are all sent to the country to be safe from the bombing in London.
Francis is a rich girl whose father is an Admiral. Alice is a country girl who was engaged to a sailor who went got America and came back married to someone else. Evangeline is the American who married Alice's France's. Elsie is a low class, poor hackney girl who is separated from her family and sent to the country to be safe from the bombing of London. And Tannie is a Jewish girl who was rescued from Germany just before Hitler's soldiers came and arrested her family. She doesn't know what has happened to her parents or her 5 year old twin sisters.
It is a tale of all the hardships, terror, sadness, ingenuity, courage, suffering, and survival of common, real people during WWII.
Very interesting and historical book. I highly recommend it.
Also I kind of wish we would have known more of the details about France's and her last mission. I kind of just felt that the book's ending still left me with more questions.