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September 26, 2014

The Ship of Brides - by Jojo Moyes - Book Review


A review copy of this novel was provided for this review, but all opinions expressed here are solely my own.

1946. World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime.

In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complicated young woman whose past comes back to haunt her far from home, the journey will change her life in ways she never could have predicted—forever. 

I am over a third through this book, and sadly I just don't care to finish it. I have only done this with a handful of other books in my reading past, and it always makes me sad to do. I always want to  give the book the benefit of the doubt, which I did when I hit 15% and wanted to stop, but at 40% I'm still unconvinced.

The book starts with the lives of 4 women and one man, and they all end up on a boat together and NOTHING HAPPENS!!! They just get sea sick, play cards, gossip and whine about how much they miss their husbands, who they are traveling to see. The rich one complains that the conditions are deplorable and "beneath her", while the pregnant one just wants to be with the guys b/c she misses her brothers. While I enjoyed Maggie's character, or what seemed to be developing of it, but it was just progressing too slowly. I've loved the other book by this author that I have read (Me before you), but I am calling it quits on this one. The ending may be good, but if I can't enjoy the first half of the book, it's not worth my time.

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