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Wartime Brides
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
I enjoyed this post-war time story about 3 women. I also enjoyed it first time I read it, when it was printed under another title - 'The Rest of Our Lives' by Jeannie Johnson (2002). Don't you just hate it when they do that. Seems to be happening more and more lately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
From the first page of Wartime Brides I became completely engrossed in the lives of the three Wartime Brides, their loves, hates, families and friends.

Lizzie Lane convincingly describes war-torn Bristol after the Second World War without drowning the novel in historical facts. She also captures the mood of the era - for example, housewives fed up with rationing, and powdered egg a substitute for real eggs. Women also fed up with clothes rationing.

I sympathised with poor Edna, whose domineering mother forced her to keep her secret and marry her disabled fiancée.

When kind, fashionable Charlotte went to the train station with her children to welcome her husband, a doctor, home, it soon becomes shockingly obvious that he is not the considerate, gentle man she remembers and yearns for.

As for Polly, mother of her faithless GI boyfriend's child, she is on a quest to find an American or Canadian who will marry her and whisk her and her daughter away to a new life.

The rich tapestry of their lives draw the three women from different backgrounds together throughout the novel. Charlotte, Edna and Polly will remain with me for some time.

I strongly recommend this enjoyable read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2012
A very good story. However, I was cross to discover that this book had previously been published under the title "The Rest of Our Lives" by Jeannie Johnson which seems a little crafty as the author is clearly looking for a revival. The upside is that I have now read the sequal called "A Penny for Tomorrow" which carries on the lives of the main characters. No doubt "Lizzie Lane" will publish this story under another name in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
Good read believable and happy ending for some touched on some parts of the Second World War
That I had not known about
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
I really liked this book, in part because the three women from totally differing backgrounds are trying to deal with the same problem - how to deal with their men who are just home from the war. The characters are very individual. There are secrets and not everything is as it should be, but who is brave enough to be honest? Is honesty always best? It grabbed me from page one. The author has written sympathetically with a deep understanding of the problems facing both the men and their women when the two worlds come together again. Riveting stuff. Definitely five stars for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2013
I enjoyed this book and was glad that I was not around at that particular time. I found the subject of white girls being unacceptable in America just the same as the other way round. It also must have been hard for the returning soldiers to settle down again as their wives and children must have changed during their absence. All in all, this is a good book and very informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2013
couldn't put this book down most enjoyable and interesting very quick delivery there was nothing to complain about the quality of the condition of the books
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on 11 December 2012
Yes, this book has been retitled, new author name and redistributed because it was not marketed first time round and as a consequence earned very little for the author. It states above on this page the details of that first title and author. It also states it inside the book on the cover page and Coronation Wives,, the sequel, will do the same. After that, next October, The Christmas Wish comes out - a totally new title. Nice to see that five stars were given even though the reader had read it before. I think it deserves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2013
I love reading about the old days and the war time stories they are just so interesting, so if you like reading about those days you will enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2013
I found this book a great read, full of interest waiting to see how it all worked out. Delivery service was excellent
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