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War Brides - Helen Bryan
War Brides
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With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to... show more
With war threatening to spread from Europe to England, the sleepy village of Crowmarsh Priors settles into a new sort of normal: Evacuees from London are billeted in local homes. Nightly air raids become grimly mundane. The tightening vice of rationing curtails every comfort. Men leave to fight and die. And five women forge an unlikely bond of friendship that will change their lives forever. Alice Osbourne, the stolid daughter of the late vicar, is reeling from the news that Richard Fairfax broke their engagement to marry Evangeline Fontaine, an American girl from the Deep South. Evangeline’s arrival causes a stir in the village—but not the chaos that would ensue if they knew her motives for being there. Scrappy Elsie Pigeon is among the poor of London who see the evacuations as a chance to escape a life of destitution. Another new arrival is Tanni Zayman, a young Jewish girl who fled the horrors of Europe and now waits with her newborn son, certain that the rest of her family is safe and bound to show up any day. And then there’s Frances Falconleigh, a madcap, fearless debutante whose father is determined to keep her in the countryside and out of the papers. As the war and its relentless hardships intensify around them, the same struggles that threaten to rip apart their lives also bring the five closer together. They draw strength from one another to defeat formidable enemies—hunger, falling bombs, the looming threat of a Nazi invasion, and a traitor in their midst—and find remarkable strength within themselves to help their friends. Theirs is a war-forged loyalty that will outlast the fiercest battle and endure years and distance. When four of the women return to Crowmarsh Priors for a VE Day celebration fifty years later, television cameras focus on the heartwarming story of these old women as war brides of a bygone age, but miss the more newsworthy angle. The women’s mission is not to commemorate or remember—they’ve returned to settle a score and avenge one of their own.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781612183329 (1612183328)
ASIN: 1612183328
Publisher: AmazonEncore
Pages no: 496
Edition language: English
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everydayjam
everydayjam rated it
Interesting, if thin, story. I never really felt the bonds between the women - why did they care about one another, beyond that fact that they were all stuck in the same little town during the war? Or, did they, really, care about one another? Maybe it was all just proximity and convenience, I could...
Moultrie Creek Books
Moultrie Creek Books rated it
4.0
I read the Kindle version ($4.99 and available to Prime users in the Kindle Lending Library). It was almost impossible to put this book down. It's not a soupy, romantic book but more like a good mystery that pulls you in and keeps you guessing. And, this is Helen Bryan's first novel. I'm looking for...
Shelly's Book Journal
Shelly's Book Journal rated it
4.0 War Brides
This is the story of a group of war brides from WWII reuniting on the 50th anniversary of VE Day. The book starts with them all making their way to England from the various corners of the world, and then goes into the "story". What happened all those years ago.I was drawn to this book, because my ...
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