From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You, After You, and One Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures.
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.
“Wonderfully romantic and moving.”
—Daily Mail (London)
“THE SHIP OF BRIDES is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental.”
—Sunday Express (London)
“A scintillating novel of friendship, family and love.”
—Woman & Home
The first time I read a book by Jojo Moyes—THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER—I knew I had stumbled on someone special. She wrote with warmth, a great sense for time and place, and a rare combination of humor and heart-stopping romance. American readers everywhere have now fallen in love with her, and her novels, just as I did, and her star is soaring. ME BEFORE YOU, THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND, and ONE PLUS ONE have been consumed, shared, tweeted about, read in book clubs, and given to friends because Jojo Moyes always gives us a story we can’t put down, a romantic relationship we root for, and a depth rare in popular fiction.
We’re thrilled to be publishing a few of Jojo Moyes’ best backlist titles—never available before in the US. THE SHIP OF BRIDES is an irresistible historical novel set in the aftermath of World War II—and it’s also one of her most personal.
Following the war, young women and girls everywhere were reconnecting with men they had married in wartime. In July 1946, 600 Australian war brides traveled on an aircraft carrier for six weeks to meet their British husbands. Like the fictional characters Jojo creates here, Betty McKee, Jojo’s grandmother, was one of these women. Impeccably researched and wonderfully romantic, SHIP OF BRIDES follows the story of four very different women, and it reminded me of her incredible gifts as a storyteller all over again. I had, as they say, “all the feels”—and I’m sure you will, too.
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