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I was given this book to read by my local book reading group and wasn't too convinced that I would enjoy it. I had heard of Jojo Moyes and have read one of her other books but still wasn't convinced. I am the baby of the group and many of the ladies are over 60 and have had first-hand experience with the war and what happened to the brides of the soldiers.
This book is based on a true story set in 1946 and is centred around 4 women, all of different backgrounds, with very different reasons to be on that ship. It highlights the struggles they suffer with homesickness, seasickness and bitchiness from the other brides.
Jojo Moyes grew up in London and now lives in Essex with her husband and three children. Her first novel Sheltering Rain was published in 2002 and she had a 10 year career with The Independent.
I did actually enjoy this book once I'd got past the first few chapters. It gave me some insight into the past and I was taken by the four main characters. I was most definitely intrigued to find out how the story ended and see in which direction their lives had taken. I changed my mind as who was my favourite character and I think that shows how good the book is written. Did make me wonder several times, if that was me, would I have got on the boat and set sail for a new country.
This book would make for an interesting read if you wish to broaden your reading and for anyone who has a fascination about how the war affected many people's lives from all over the world.
I picked this book a few years a go and read it while backpacking round Australia and found it a interesting book to read as it was based on historical events and I am in the process of hoping to emigrate to Australia so it was interesting to see this process in reverse and having read other books by this author I was looking forward to reading this one.
The first chapter is a struggle to get through but after that it picks up and becomes engaging and a book that can't be put down and there are some interesting and heart breaking twists as the novel goes along.
This novel is based on a true story when in 1946 women are crossing the oceans in large numbers as they travel to the men they married during the war. In this tale four women from Sydney share a cabin as they join hundreds of other women as they take a voyage to England to meet their husbands. One woman though has a tougher time than most - Francis McKenzie ends up with her past coming back to haunt her.
Jojo Moyes is a british writer who has a growing collection of novels under her belt, she's had a lot of good feedback from the press and is one of the writers to look out for in the future.
I truly enjoyed this book, the story was unique and didn't seem contrived in any way. Moyes writes with researched expertise and shows the women as individuals amongst the masses. It also reveals how attitudes towards women have changed in the past sixty years and how far female ambition has travelled. But this is more than just a feminist novel it is a voyage of self discovery and belief for women who think they have no other option.
This book will be perfect for the summer and anyone who likes books where women take the centre stage - it's possibly better for female readers than men but if men want to step away from their usual books then this might be worth a try as it's a great plot and character driven tale.