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The Ship of Brides

The Ship of Brides [Kindle Edition]

Jojo Moyes
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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Wonderfully romantic and moving. (Daily Mail)

Fascinating read...not only is THE SHIP OF BRIDES utterly compelling, it's educational. In a good way. (Heat)

'An epic story that will tug at your heartstrings . . .Gripping till the end.' (Woman's Value, South Africa)

'This irresistible novel is told through the eyes of four women with their own hopes, fear and secrets' (Daily Express)

The Ship of Brides is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. (Sunday Express)

Gloriously entertaining (Mirror Ticket)

If you liked Chocolat by Joanne Harris, you'll love FOREIGN FRUIT by Jojo Moyes. . .blissful, romantic reading (Company)

Engaging and poignant...Moyes writes both dialogue and descriptive passages with charm. (Glasgow Herald)

'A rich chocolate box of a novel' - WOMAN AND HOME on THE PEACOCK EMPORIUM

'Even if the sun isn't shining, this book will make you feel like it is . . .' - Good Housekeeping on FOREIGN FRUIT

'Moyes again proves herself a worthy successor to Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher with her second novel.' - Publishers Weekly on FOREIGN FRUIT

'It says a lot for the author's storytelling powers that this classy family drama had me utterly engrossed, deeply involved with the characters and caring madly about their fate.' - Australian Woman's Weekly on THE PEACOCK EMPORIUM

'A captivating read' - OK on THE PEACOCK EMPORIUM

'A charming and enchanting read' - Company on THE PEACOCK EMPORIUM

Book Description

The captivating new novel from RNA prize winner Jojo Moyes - based on a true story.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (7 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VD5Z4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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91 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 3 April 2006
By M. Todd
The book follows the story of four Australian brides on a ship sailing them to England to their new husbands. The book begins by describing briefly their wait to get onto a ship and follows them on their six week journey untill they meet their husbands.
The story gradually revealed more about the brides stories and really built up the mystery in the book.
The first chapter drags a little but after that the real story really gets going and its impossible to put down. Full of interesting, engaging and beleivable characters and a plot full of twists. Themes of love, betrayal, loss and friendship make the book identifiable to all readers. At stages makes you laugh out loud and at others it makes you cry. The author has clearly done her research into this real life journey and her writing shows she really knows what she's talking about. Very well written!
A great ending, with all the loose ends tied up make the book perfectly finished.
A fantastic read that keeps you entertained and gripped from the beginning! You must read this book!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Having read all of Jojo's other books, I bought this without reading the back cover. I was due to emigrate and had enjoyed her other books so I just picked it up on a 3 for 2 offer. I was not too happy when I read realised the subject. The first chapter was slow, and feeling that I was on 'book rationing', I read other books that I had brought first. How wrong I was, this is a brilliant story wrapped around an era that is not very long ago but seems like an eternity. This has opened my eyes to a time when my recently departed grandparents were alive. I will definately be looking to find out more about these ships and brides. Wonderful, captivating read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story based on true historic fact 25 Jan 2009
By Laura C
This book is absolutely fascinating and I read it far more quickly than any book I've read for a long time. I just couldn't put it down.

It is the story of over 600 war brides who were transported from Australian to Plymouth, England in 1946 on a huge naval aircraft carrier, HMS Victoria, to be reunited with their British husbands. Although the characters are entirely fictitious, it is based on and mirrors the true journey of HMS Victorious at that time. The author has done her research extremely well, her own grandmother having made the journey on HMS Victorious over 60 years ago. Each chapter begins with a true quotation from a publication at that time, and these quotations are incorporated into her story. I became so absorbed, I found myself researching the true story of HMS Victorious on the internet.

The story focuses on four women who share a cabin on the ship, all with very different personalities and backgrounds, and the bond they form. It tells of their hopes and fears, bearing in mind they know very little of the country they are going too or, indeed, the husbands they have known for only a very short time. It also outlines the difficulties of a naval ship full of sailors, very much a male domain, suddenly being presented with a cargo of excitable young women!

The only aspect I found puzzling was the fact that the ship limped home to Plymouth on what was to be her final journey, badly damaged and with only one engine, only to turn up at a breakers yard in India many years later. How did they get her there? In fact, HMS Victorious ended her days at a breakers yard just outside Glasgow.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
This book was a revelation! I found the difference between how attitudes have changed in the last 60 years absolutely fascinating. The story was something about which I had had no previous knowledge.

Basically it tells the story of "brides" from Australia going across the world to join their British Husbands, post WW II. Many of these women had only spent a very short time with their now husbands and had no inkling of the lives they would be leading in post war Britain. They were leaving behind everything that was familiar and would be leaving all their families on the other side of the world.

One also has to consider those that received the telegram that told them to return home as they were no longer wanted! And those that realised they had been deceived, and the stigmas that they would then have to endure. It certainly shows how the culture of women always being the ones that carried the shame has changed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally enthrauling 21 Mar 2006
What an emotional and exciting read, I could not put this book down, from the images of the brides to the vision of the ship and the vast oceans, it was trully overwhelming. I loved the different characters and their personal passage on route to their new lives in the UK. The delightful images of these beautiful girls and brave sailors,the tensions aboard ship with all those male and female hormones, it was a wonderful read.....try it! you won't be dissapointed!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite slow at the outset 7 Oct 2007
A slow start that picked up after a few chapters. It dipped again towards the end but overall a good book that was easy to read. Many characters to become involved with. I wasn't quite as interested in the sailors as I was the brides but they were just as big a part of the story so necessary. The prologue felt wasted but is needed in some respects to link in with the epilogue.

The author acknowledges her sources at the start but I wouldn't know what was historically accurate and what wasn't. An interesting mix of female characters with some unlikely heroines. And as the blurb says "sometimes the journey is more important than the destination".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story
Starts off a bit strangely, don't let that put you off. It told me about a part of history I was unaware of. A tale of four women all with a story to tell and expected ending. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Helenback
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
As usual a very good read.
Published 17 days ago by Linda J. Dawes
1.0 out of 5 stars Read over half and the story was so boring and nothing was happening...
First book in years I gave up on. Read over half and the story was so boring and nothing was happening the characters were not developed felt bad giving up but couldn't stick it... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lucy L.
3.0 out of 5 stars well worth reading
not quite as reradable as some of her other books, but neverl the less, still worth reading
Published 26 days ago by Shirley Frenchman
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written
Jojo Moyes is my fave author at the moment. Every book manages to make me laugh out loud and cry. Wonderful writing.
Published 1 month ago by Jayne Nagle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A little slow - but enjoyable read
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Gillian Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by D.J.FAITHFULL
5.0 out of 5 stars One of her best
I downloaded this book with little expectation - I like Jojo Moyes but didn't feel this storyline would be for me. How wrong could I be! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Islander
3.0 out of 5 stars Alas, not in the same class as Me Before ...
Alas, not in the same class as Me Before You. It's mildly entertaining, and there is something to be learned, but that's all.
Published 1 month ago by Devonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as above
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Susan Dawson
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