Published: October 28, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
Recommended for readers looking for "lighter" historical fiction
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.
Jojo Moyes has become of the "it" authors nowadays, yet this is the first of her novels I've read. I say this because, whenever I mention to anyone that I'm reading this, they ask how it stacks up to Me Before You--and I just don't know.
The premise of The Ship of Brides was interesting to me, but I will say that it isn't unique. I've read several "war bride" novels and I usually enjoy them. This was no exception. This is one of the better war bride novels I've come across. Moyes has an inviting voice and paces her novel quite well--just when you think you might have a chance to put it down, she draws you right back in.
It wasn't a perfect book--the plot was a bit predictable, but that may be because I've read so many War Bride novels and there is only so much variation one can realistic do with that framework. Margaret and Frances were great characters, but I felt that Avice was more one-dimensional and I felt that Moyes didn't fully finish her story line.
Still, it was an enjoyable book and something I would recommend to someone wanting something a little heavier than chick lit, but lighter than some other historical fiction.
I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review. I received no other compensation for this post.