The Ship of Brides Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the New York Times best-selling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, 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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|Listening Length||15 hours and 33 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 27, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11,492 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#18 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#29 in Military Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#282 in 20th Century Historical Romance (Books)
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I loved it not for the brilliant writing, which it did not have, but for the historical interest and learning something totally new about which I had never heard. Of the main characters (wives) developed and followed throughout the journey not all have happy endings being reunited with their loved ones. Some are removed from the ship and returned to Australia for various reasons. It was a good read and I am happy to have read it. It was worth my time.
I enjoyed this novel and the brides' stories so much that I read non-stop. I highly recommend for any one, of any age and any gender. It's that good.
Although I am trying to read some of those long neglected classic from an adult perspective during this time of Stay-at-home directives, this book was just what I needed. It is a book that considers the impact of isolation--six weeks on an aircraft carrier. History, current events changes lives. We are in this moment in an entirely different way. But most of all, it is a good story with a not always predictable plot line, and it made me feel good for the future. Things do work out.
I enjoy reading books about the lives of women who live in different time periods, different countries, with different customs, mores & life styles. This book kept my interest from start to finish.
Top reviews from other countries
An enjoyable and indulgent page turner that reads less as a romance and more as a fairytale - The journey to true love is long and strewn with challenges, and the reader is left with imagining the "Happily Ever After".
The story follows four women from different backgrounds on their journeys with not always a successful outcome.
A really good read, recommended.
A brilliant story that grips right up until the final page.
Thanks once again for some fascinating escapism.