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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (12 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612183328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612183329
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,066 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Bryan was born in Virginia, grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Barnard College and since 1971 has lived in London where she qualified as a barrister and is a member of the Inner Temple.She has written a layman's guide to the English planning system "Planning Applications and Appeals" and a biography "Martha Washington First Lady of Liberty" which was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Colonial Dames of America. She has written a novel, a World War II romantic saga " War Brides" inspired by the stories and reminiscences of the wartime generation, especially those of women who joined Churchill's Special Operations Executive, and family holidays in a small East Sussex village where, according to local legend, an old smugglers' tunnel led from beneath a grave in the churchyard to the seacoast, obviously waiting for a story to be built around it.

Her next novel is another romantic saga, set in sixteenth century Spain and Spanish America

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About the Author

Helen Bryan was born in Virginia, grew up in Tennessee, and is a longtime resident of London. A former barrister, she is the author of an award-winning biography of Martha Washington. She was inspired to write War Brides “by the true war-time stories of family and friends in the United States and England, and by the little known stories of the brave young women who joined Churchill’s Special Operations Executive.” This is her first novel.


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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Cunningham on 16 Jan. 2012
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Really enjoyed this book. It was fast moving with lots of different stories interwoven throughout. The only thing that spoilt it a bit was the vast number of grammatical errors in the translation to ebook! Often had to re-read a passage to work out what it meant, with extra words or words missing or in the wrong order - over and over again.
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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Herkiel on 19 Jun. 2012
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This is a rattling good story, following the lives of several women, thrown together by war. Having heard my mother's stories of wartime hardships, I found it very interesting and absorbing. What spoiled the book for me was the appalling proofing: words missing, parts of words missing, parts of sentences missing. At times it was so bad that it was difficult to make out what it should have been and it got worse the further into the book you read. It was as if the person given this novel to check gave it only a cursory look at the beginning and got more apathetic as the pages went by. Not good enough. I'm sure the author will be pretty cross that her work is being sold in this poor state.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on 22 Jun. 2012
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I have to agree with the reviewer Nicola Taunt. This book is appallingly written and edited. This is a shame as it probably has the potential for a reasonable story.

Some of the sentences don't actually make sense. The grammar and spelling would shame my 8 year old niece. The formatting is also very bad - though this may only relate to the Kindle edition.

I have only reached chapter 5, and the story hasn't really begun. Unfortunately I don't know if I can persevere with this book as I am becoming invreasingly irritated by the poor writing style and bad grammar. I don't understand why this book was published in this state.

Luckily I only paid 77p!

Update...........I did persevere with the book and did enjoy the story, if farfetched
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Fat panda on 6 Oct. 2013
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I should have known I would hate this book the moment the author started going on about the museums she had seen in London and how everyone should know what London went through in the Blitz. Erm... Even school children in Britain understand what Londoners had to live through. So thank you nice American lady for assuming we all need her education on one of the most famous and defining moments of British civilian history.

Then there's the characters. How the devil could anyone even understand , let alone warm too, a woman who steals another woman's fiancé just so she can be closer to the man she actually loves. This didn't make her deep and three dimensional. This made her annoying and teeth grinding. Francis applying to part of SOE? Whatever. Francis sent into France with a certain female condition? Utterly dis-credible.

There are also plot lines that just get abandoned. At one point the big emphasis is on rescuing two little Jewish girls but suddenly one complication happens and that's it: sorry Jewish girls , you may have miraculously escaped through Nazi occupied France and magically found transport to the Sussex Coast but now it's all in vain.

And this Sussex Coast business is silly too. You can tell the author looked at a map and thought 'oh England is really small so places in this area of the Sussex Coast must all be in walking distance of each other, England being so small and all!' No towns within a short walking distance of Brighton are on the London to Brighton mainline. There are only two towns that could fit the authors description of the location. I live in one of them, and there is no way smuggler tunnels would stretch that far inland or that the characters could walk to Brighton from in a morning.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jen Wilson on 10 Mar. 2012
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I enjoyed the story in this book, which is well conceived and written, with likeable characters. It makes for an easy read and I would recommend it, with one reservation; it doesn't appear to have been proof read at any stage! Pages seem oddly formatted for Kindle, with chapters appearing half way down the page (odd as it appears to have been published directly by Amazon), and the book is riddled with incoherent sentences that are badly punctuated, misspelled and often missing pronouns and even verbs. You'd usually expect to spot one or two bloopers in the entirety of a book, but there is at least one per page in this one, which makes it extremely difficult to get into the book properly, as it interrupts the flow of writing while you constantly try to piece together the intended meaning. In conclusion - a good read, needlessly spoiled by careless proofreading. Understand it's a cheapie but it's also a bestseller - not a quality edition!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. M. Allan on 10 May 2010
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Brilliant story, it weaves a spell, mixing WW11 and modern times, romance, sadness and revenge taking you back and forth, which made putting the book down to do other things extremely hard, as you just needed to know what happens next. It kept me on tenterhooks right to the end, and what a surprising finale, not at all what I expected.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By V. A. Aitken on 30 Jan. 2012
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I agree with the reviewer who says this is a disappointing book. The events are so unlikely as to be ludicrous. The characters are stereotypes and the action stilted and not credible.
The book is riddled with spelling mistakes, grammatical mistakes, and poor editing. This makes it even more annoying to read.
Luckily it was only 77p! Just about worth it.
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