Title: The Ship of Brides
Author: Jojo Moyes
Summary: The year is 1946, and all over the world young women are crossing the seas in their thousands en route to the men they married in wartime, and an unknown future. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides and hundreds of naval officers on an extraordinary voyage to England - aboard the Victoria.
Rules of honour, duty and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier's captain down to the lowliest young worker. But the men and the brides will find their lives interwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.
And Frances Mackenzie, an enigmatic young bride whose past comes back to haunt her thousands of miles from home - will find that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.
My Rating: 7.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the book for the most part, it was an interesting idea and well written, but I wanted something more from the book.
It was an interesting concept, I enjoyed the historical extracts at the beginning of each chapter. On a historical fiction side, the author did a fantastic job highlighting the lives of war brides. From their journeys on the ships, to the sacrifices they had to make, the author creates a near perfect image of what they had to go through to get to their husbands. This book was post war, as the world tried to piece itself back together, so it was an interesting standpoint from what I'm used to reading in the war time genre. Usually it's the romance during the war, this is the romance, or trying to keep that romance after. It was different, but I did enjoy the idea behind the story.
One of the things I didn't like was after a while the story became boring. Certain characters continue to look down at other characters, a woman is told not to come on the journey. Men and women found together when they shouldn't. After a while it all just became drawn out and to repetitive for my liking. Eventually the story progressed, but there was a lot of middle stuff that could have been left out.
I also wasn't a fan of some of the characters, although some did grow and developed properly throughout the story, their personalities were ones I didn't care for. But the author did do a great job at creating realistic characters and developed characters, especially for the time period. The ending was sweet, I did enjoy the last few pages, it was somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Not a bad book in the end.
Would I recommend it to read: It wouldn't be high on my list of recommendations, but it's well worth reading, especially if you enjoy the genre.
What to read next: The Bride Ship, this was a young adult book I read and re-read as a youth. It was a sweet book, and similar themes.