Title: The Ship of Brides
Genre: Literary Fiction/Romance
Author: Jojo Moyes
Publisher: Penguin group
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 2
Description from Amazon.com:
- 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.
Jojo Moyes writes superbly nuanced characters. There is Margaret, pregnant and leaving behind a loving family. There is Frances, harboring secrets. There is Joan, too young and immature to know the ropes. Finally there is Avice, a society lady who has much to learn. All are brought to life in exquisite prose that leaves the reader enthralled with each woman, and captivated by their fates.
Jojo Moyes has obviously researched the life aboard this type of ship so that we the reader also feel the rolling sea and the vastness of the huge ship.
I highly recommend this book as well as Jojo Moyes’ other novels.