The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

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Title: The Ship of Brides

Author: Jojo Moyes

Published: 2005

Rating: ★★★★

Summary: Three very different young women join 600 war brides on a flight carrier ship after WWII ends leaving from Australia to take the brides to their British husbands. Along the 6 week journey, the young women get to know each other and themselves as they see exotic locations and move very far away from home.

Why I Am Recommending: Although this was a slow starting book, I was glad I stuck around to finish it. Jojo Moyes creates three really interesting characters from very different backgrounds and gives each of them a sense of vulnerability as they experience this unusual journey together. I am always up for a WWII period book, but this was an aspect of WWII that I have not read about in the many novels I have completed to date. It certainly seems like a different world, but it was great to get immersed in the story once the character development was done. The end is fast-paced and page turning, which will be the carrot I dangle in front of anyone who decides to read this book…keep going and you will be happy you did!

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