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War Brides [Format Kindle]

Helen Bryan
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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 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.

Revised edition: This edition of War Brides includes editorial revisions.

Biographie de l'auteur

Helen Bryan is the author of Martha Washington, First Lady of Liberty which received an Award for Merit from the New York Colonial Dames in 2003. This is her first novel. She lives in London where she works as a barrister.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1301 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 497 pages
  • Editeur : Lake Union Publishing (12 juin 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B007BSG026
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.5 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (4 commentaires client)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Un titre trompeur mais un roman agréable 22 février 2014
Par victoria
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Je pensais qu'il s'agissait de l'histoire souvent mouvementée de jeunes filles européennes ayant épousé des GI's et qui découvraient l'Amérique, leur belle-famille et la situation souvent médiocre de leur nouvel époux.
Ce n'est pas le sujet de ce livre, qui raconte la vie de 5 jeunes femmes (dont une seule épouse un Américain) dans un petit village du Sussex où elles ont été évacuées, depuis le début de la guerre.
C'est très intéressant, très bien documenté et se lit avec plaisir.
Le seul reproche concerne les parties consacrées à la Résistance et aux Français Libres et beaucoup trop romancées.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a real pageturner ! 27 janvier 2014
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not only is the book well documented it is well written and the plot helps you understand from the inside what England and Europe went through during WW2. It is a novel but it sounds very true to life and this is what makes it a pageturner !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! 13 juin 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed ever second of this excellent read. A real insight into the lives of women during the war years.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 War Brides 17 juillet 2014
Par LACOUR
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Un livre passionnant que l'on ne veut pas quitter. C'est émouvant et plein de vérité sur les bombardements en Angleterre, la collaboration et la résistance. Je recommande particulièrement ce livre.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't buy the Kindle version 29 octobre 2011
Par kimber wolfe - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this novel but Amazon must have out-sourced the transcription of it to an ESL provider or a very bad typist for the Kindle version. There are lots of typos, duplicate words, and missing words which made it frustrating to read at times. There were actually a few sentences that were incomplete, but I could intuit the thread of the thoughts being conveyed, so I just filled in. The plot and characters are very interesting so buy the paperback or check it out at the library.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Unexpectedly well done 17 juin 2011
Par act3 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm still in the grip of this fascinating novel. I may just go back and read it again.
I try to avoid "romance novels", but the WWII setting and the friendship theme made me curious so I bought the book and was blown away! The author demonstrates a masterful ability to create a variety of seemingly authentic times and locations for her story. East End London slums, an old fashioned Sussex village, late '30's New Orleans at Mardi Gras time, and a city in Austria as Hitler rises to power. All these settings and the characters and situations they serve are amazingly real and convincing.
The story (or stories, there are several)is more about coping with extraordinary circumstances and the way adapting changes attitudes, actions and whole lives. The growth of the friendship between these disparate women thrown together by chance is mesmerizing to read about.
The various love stories are believable and satisfying although not at all the point of these women's lives.
These women live and breathe and ultimately matter to each other, to themselves and to the war effort to which they have committed. A completely unexpected treat that I'm glad I took a chance on.

One caveat: the text is very peculiar - not just typos and such but odd words and phrases that seem to be left over from an earlier draft where the author was experimenting with tenses and phrasing. Its fairly easy to figure it all out but its disconcerting and breaks concentration. Still a brilliant book though.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Was this ever proof read? 12 février 2012
Par AmandaC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the novel and felt the ending to be plausible and just but it feels like an early draft which didn't make it to the proof reader. Mis-spellings, extra words and poorly constructed sentences made this sometimes a bit of a trial to read. The fact that I did is testament to the fact that it's a compelling read but also irritating at times.
471 internautes sur 504 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Book, Terrible Editing 22 août 2011
Par Ink - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I liked this book pretty well but have some negative comments.

I became engrossed in the separate stories of the women and was happy to find out what happened to them in later life, however the ending seemed like the author ran out of steam. She wrapped everything up, I guess, but left an opening for the women to find out that some people were alive who had been believed to have died, some were dead who might be alive, somewhere there was someone's child no one knew about and, oh, the bad guy was the obvious bad guy.

The editing was atrocious. I suppose for $.99 I shouldn't expect much but yikes! There were passages that were indecipherable. Even cheap books should be readable, Amazon.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 When it was good it was very very good and when it was bad it was horrid 15 novembre 2011
Par Linda Linguvic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is one of those 99-cent special Kindle books from new authors. That said, it is well worth the price although it is not a perfect read. Basically it's about five young women and their experiences in war-torn England during WW2.

The strongest part of the book was the setting. I felt I was right there in the small town in the English countryside, living a life of wartime deprivation, patriotism, sacrifice and the tough mindedness of these women that got them through the awfulness of rationing, bombing raids and constant worry.

Then there were characterizations and the relationships between the women. There was the clergyman's daughter Alice who was dumped by her fiance for the American Evangeline with a secret, Tanni, a Jewish woman who escaped from Austria as the Nazis closed in, Elsie, the Cockney-speaking Londoner and Frances a rich girl on a patriotic mission. While these women were all sketched well by the author, they were a bit too formulaic for my taste and they were all a little too "goody-two-shoes" to feel real to me.

I enjoyed the book however, got into the story and the different women as each of them faced her own unique challenges of wartime. The action moved fast and I was drawn into the story.

However, the writer tried to tie up too many loose ends in the last chapter. This just didn't work for me. By the time I finished the book I was thoroughly annoyed.
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