The Ship of Brides

Penguin Pr. Nov. 2014. 415p. ISBN 9780143126478. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698156340. F
World War II has ended, and four Australian women are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime. They are joined by 650 other women who will make the six-week trip to England aboard the HMS Victoria to be reunited with the men they married just prior to or during the war. These "war brides" are in a perilous position: leaving behind everyone and everything they know to start a new life in a new country, unsure whether they will be welcomed by their new in-laws and able to handle life married to men they barely know. The stress of these concerns, coupled with life on a battleship full of seamen, ensures the trip is an adventure for all—especially when secrets are revealed that could ruin reputations and the hint of forbidden romance blossoms on board.
VERDICT Moyes's (Me Before You; The Girl You Left Behind; One Plus One) engrossing and well-written novel with romantic content is light but powerful. Through emotive language and suspense, the author effectively thrusts readers into the brides' world of anxiety, urgency, hope, and excitement. Highly recommended for historical romance readers.

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