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War Brides

War Brides

Escrito por Helen Bryan

Narrado por Tavia Gilbert


War Brides

Escrito por Helen Bryan

Narrado por Tavia Gilbert

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4/5 (38 avaliações)
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13 horas
Lançado em:
Jun 12, 2012
ISBN:
9781469242187
Formato:
Audiolivro

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An international bestseller with over one million readers.

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.

Lançado em:
Jun 12, 2012
ISBN:
9781469242187
Formato:
Audiolivro


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  • (4/5)
    Interesting book that takes place mostly between December of 1937 and August of 1944, with a prologue and ending in 1995. It is the story of five very different young women who were brought together in a tiny English village by the events of World War Two. The prologue and ending show them reunited in that same village on the fiftieth anniversary of VE Day, with more than just catching up on old times on their minds.Alice is the quintessential English country girl. She's the daughter of a vicar, straight-laced, practical, educated, and likes the outdoors. She's been friends with Richard, son of the local gentry, all her life, and is ecstatic when he proposes to her. The engagement doesn't go as expected though when he returns from a business trip to the US with an American wife. Hurt and disappointed, she moves on with her life. She is involved in the local war effort, doing everything from planting gardens to working as an air raid warden.Evangeline is the American southern belle who captured Richard's attention. Her story began in New Orleans, where she was in love with her cousin, a mixed-race young man. This was a forbidden relationship because of it, so they kept it a secret. But events happened to separate them, and in desperation, she married Richard to escape scandal. She is a fish out of water in the village, where they have never met anyone quite like her. Her mother-in-law detests her, and her husband is always away doing his thing with the Royal Navy. His absence also leaves her free to reconnect with her cousin Laurent.Tanni is a young Jewish woman from a well-to-do Austrian family. She barely escaped the Kristallnacht in Austria, as her parents married her off to a Jewish professor who had a job as a professor in England. Her younger twin sisters were due to be evacuated on a children's train on its way also to evacuate youngsters to France and then to England. Her parents and mother-in-law also had papers to make their way to England. She arrived in England with her husband, pregnant, and not knowing the language. Once the war begins in earnest, her husband gets a job with the war department as a translator, and Tanni and her son are evacuated to the country for safety.Frances is an English debutant, daughter of a brigadier, who is a bit of a wild child. After getting up to some scandalous behavior in London, her dad sent her to her godmother in the country to get her away from the bad influences there. She still manages to find trouble in the country and spends a fair amount of time sneaking out with the local young people. She becomes one of the local Land Girls but is bored silly by the job.Elsie is a girl from one of the poorer parts of London who was also sent away for safety. She is old enough to be given a job as a housemaid, a job that she is not very good at, but gives her a chance at a better life. While there, she meets up with an acquaintance from her old neighborhood, a young man who is well known for his criminal activity.I enjoyed the look at what the lives were like for each of the women over the course of the war. Though very different, they are drawn together by the hardships of day to day life. I liked the support they provided to each other, even during those times when they disagreed. I ached for Tanni and her fears for her family, especially as we got glimpses into what was happening to them. I will admit that Evangeline bugged me through most of the book. I thought she was selfish and blind to what her cousin was really like. She did redeem herself in the end, and I liked how she came to love Richard. Alice remained pretty stiff during her time in the village. I liked seeing her finally step out of her comfort zone toward the end of the book, and loved her first meeting with the American airman. It was sweet to see the way they connected so quickly. Elsie was quite the trip as she grew up and grew closer to Bernie. She had a way of looking at things that was very different than the other. My favorite was Frances. Once I saw what drove her to be the way she was, I became much more sympathetic to her. Her frustration with her father's attitude was understandable, though as a parent, I understood where he was coming from also. I enjoyed her determination to take a more proactive part in supporting the war effort. I also enjoyed her relationship with Oliver and loved seeing them together.Throughout the book, there were two big stories going on. The first one was the effort taken to bring the various members of Tanni's family to England, especially her two little sisters. Official channels weren't working well, and an idea hatched during a drunken evening took a different route. I enjoyed seeing the (sometimes unwilling) teamwork among the women as each used their special talents in the plan. It was interesting to see the outcome of that plan. The other story was one with far-reaching consequences. Somewhere in the vicinity of the village was a German sympathizer who was transmitting weather reports to the Germans, making it possible for them to do their bombing runs. One of Frances's assignments was to keep her eyes open for any indications of who it could be. I was pretty sure I knew who it was early on. The motivations for some of the things he did were pretty disturbing.The modern segment of the book dealt with the reunion and the things that the women had recently discovered. I liked seeing what they had made of their lives. Elsie's was both the most and least surprising. I enjoyed how they pieced together the story of the spy. Their confrontation with him was enlightening, but I really didn't like the actions that they took. The reporter that was covering the reunion was extremely annoying and I didn't blame the ladies for trying to avoid her.
  • (4/5)
    Overall I enjoyed this book, even though I sometimes got the characters mixed up. The setting during WW II in England taught me a lot about the daily lives and trials of women during that time. We are fortunate that we haven't had foreign wars played out on our land. The book was well written, well researched and very satisfying.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed all the story lines and characters in this book. It is well written and an engrossing read.
  • (4/5)
    Definitely a page turner once the story gets going. The beginning is filled with a lot of background information and story building, it almost becomes overwhelming. However, near the end, my mind couldn't keep up with my eyes as I was wanting to know what happened to everyone. The author's note gave away some of the information so I was trying to figure out when it came into play instead of just letting the story develop on it's own.
  • (4/5)
    A good story that starts a little slow, and ends a.bit abruptly, but entertaining nonetheless.
  • (2/5)
    The beginning of this is entirely way too confusing. 5 women can be a bit much to keep track of, especially when you throw in other characters as well. I kept putting this down and picking it back up, ultimately having no idea what is going on. What I came away with is that no matter where I was in the book, nothing new in terms of subject matter was being unearthed. Not worth the time.
  • (3/5)
    An average read, in my opinion. I liked the story but found it confusing at points and it's not easy to turn back to prior chapters or early pages of the book on kindle editions. It's the story of five young women brought together by circumstance during WWII. They hail from different places with varied backgrounds but bond during their young lives. The book begins and ends with a more current time when VE day is being celebrated in the small town where they once lived. They're elderly ladies now and one is missing. The other four gather for the celebration, and also to learn what happened to the missing member and to other important people in the story.

    I had trouble keeping the characters straight, for awhile.
  • (4/5)
    The story of four war brides in a small village in England from 1937 to 1944 and a reunion in 1995. The hardships and triumphs while the men were away. It tells how the girls bonded together to bring order into the chaos of war. I liked this book because it showed women who became strong when they had to be. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know how the women of England worked to supply the necessary goods and services to win the war.
  • (4/5)
    MP3 audioAn interesting fact: This Amazon review by K Wolfe seems to have a common thread with many others."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..." etcApparently this has since been corrected.I used MP3 audio, narrated by Tavia Gilbert.She did a wonderful job, with quite a variety of characters.-----war bride (British Dictionary)a woman who marries a serviceman about to go overseas in wartime.a woman who marries a foreign serviceman and goes to live in his country.a soldier's bride met as a result of troop movements in wartime, esp a foreign national.-------This is the story of Alice, Elsie ,Tanni, Evengeline and Frances and, with the backdrop of WW2, we find an endearing friendship entwining 5 very dissimilar women.As war closes in, the quiet English village of Crowmarsh Priors is redefined, receiving evacuees from London, experiencing air raids,rationing, and local men leaving to fight and die.By way of introduction, we meet "Alice, the local minister's daughter who had never stepped outside Crowmarch Priors; Frances, the admiral's daughter who had been "banished" to the countryside because of her lively antics; Evangelne, the American, who had hurriedly married the dashing English aviator to escape from her arranged marriage; Tanni, a refugee who had narrowly escaped the German persecution of the Jews and Elsie, the lowly tenement girl sent to live in the country to escape the bombings of London." (editorial note)We experience their lives individually and a shared intimacy that developed with war as the catalyst.The story begins with four of the women returning for a celebration fifty years later.But, their mission is not simply to commemorate or remember.The book has a lively tempo and an unexpected twist at story's end.
  • (4/5)
    This is an interesting look at life in wartime from the other perspective.
  • (5/5)
    A positively charming novel about life in a quiet English village during World War II. This was just a book that I really enjoyed reading. From cover to cover it was a real joy to watch the lives of the five war brides unfold during the years of the war. The ending is a twist and totally unexpected. Great book!
  • (3/5)
    Set during WWII in England, this novel follows the lives of 5 war brides in a small town not too far from London. Each of the 5 girls are very different and have very different stories. I enjoyed the book but was not impressed with the lack of follow through in some of the story lines. The end was very rushed, I thought, and the book ended with questions unanswered. In two instances, I found the sudden change in attitudes towards the husbands rather disturbing. In fact, with one of them, I looked back through the book, sure I had missed something crucial. Why did she suddenly adore her husband when just a few pages ago, she was in love with someone else? I found no answers. The whole story line with the twins just seemed out of place with the rest of the book also.
  • (3/5)
    Inhaltsangabe: von amazon.de: Als der Krieg droht, sich vom europäischen Festland aus auf England auszubreiten, richtet sich das schläfrige Dorf Crowmarsh Priors in einer neuen Art von Normalität ein: Evakuierte aus London werden bei Dorfbewohnern untergebracht. Nächtliche Fliegerangriffe gehören schon bald zum Alltag. Die Einschränkungen, die die Rationierungen mit sich bringen, machen alle Annehmlichkeiten des Lebens zunichte. Männer verlassen das Dorf und sterben. Und fünf Frauen, die unterschiedlicher nicht sein könnten, legen den Grundstein zu einer Freundschaft, die ihr Leben verändern wird. Mein Fazit:Bei amazon.de klang das Buch äußerst interessant, da mich solche Geschichten eigentlich sehr reizen. Auch das Vorwort der Autorin ließ mich hoffen, das es ein spannendes Buch um fünf unterschiedliche Frauen ist, die während des Zweiten Weltkrieges ganz spannende Abenteuer in einem kleinen Ort in England erlebten.Ein großes Plus dieser Geschichte ist, das es zum Ende hin sehr gut ineinander greift. Es gibt einen sprichwörtlichen roten Faden, der sich am Ende zu einem großen Netz zusammen findet. Und manche Beschreibungen um die Zustände, Rationalisierungen und andere Widrigkeiten des Krieges lesen sich durchaus interessant. Aber – da kommen wir zum nächsten Punkt.Die fünf Frauen und deren Geschichten werden ziemlich detailgetreu beschrieben. Wie ich finde, häufig zu detailgetreu. Über diesen Punkt kann man sicherlich streiten, aber mich haben sie oft gelangweilt. Es tauchten auch zu viele Namen auf, so das ich als Leserin schon sehr aufpassen musste, dem Ganzen folgen zu können. Es ist mir schon lange nicht mehr passiert, das ich beim Lesen das Gefühl hatte, überhaupt nicht voran zu kommen. Bei diesem ist es mir passiert. Es waren gefühlt Stunden, die ich las und doch war ich irgendwie nicht wirklich weiter. Das hat mich oft frustriert.Erst gegen Ende, wo dann auch eine angedeutete Agenten-Story hinzugefügt wurde, kam etwas Spannung auf. Aber da war ich dann auch einfach nur noch froh, bald durch zu sein.Ich habe schon den Eindruck, das vieles um die damalige Zeit gut recherchiert ist. Deswegen gibt es dafür auch drei Sterne.Anmerkung: Ich habe es als eBook gelesen.Veröffentlicht am 02.06.15!
  • (5/5)
    Five young women from diverse backgrounds form a bond due to the imminent invasion of England by the Germans in WW II. Most of the action in this book takes place in Crowmarsh Priors, a rural southern England location. The village is peaceful and bucolic in the days leading up to Britain declaring war on Germany. Alice Osbourne, the late vicar’s daughter, is the town sweetheart. She has just become engaged to Richard Fairfax, whose family is several rungs up the proverbial class ladder. Richard is a junior officer in the British Navy and is part of a group that goes to the United States for an official visit. While there, he meets and succumbs to the charms of Evangeline Fontaine. Evangeline has a secret that would ostracize her from New Orleans society and convinces Richard to take her with him on his return to Britain. They are married at sea by the captain. Frances Foxleigh is the daughter of a highly placed British admiral and is a wild young thing. She is sent to her aunt, Lady Marchmont, in Crowmarsh Priors, to get her away from the bad company she keeps. Elsie is the eldest daughter of poor folks from London’s East End. She is too old to be billeted away from London with other British children but finds a place as a domestic in Lady Marchmont’s estate home. Elsie is one of seven children and worries about her mum and little ones. Antoinette Joseph (Tanni) is Jewish and just barely escapes from her German home by marrying a family friend who is able to get her to London. Her husband is a professor and works for the British Intelligence. She is waiting to hear about her twin sisters aged four or five. The girls were supposed to be trained out of Germany but delays have caused problems and no one knows where they are. These five young women form a bond during the dark and dreadful days of the war. We follow their stories through an interweaving that is both complex yet plausible. Eventually, we meet up with these women fifty years later when they come back to Crowmarsh Priors and finish up some old business.This story gripped me from page one! I read it in three days. It was suspenseful, intriguing, and educational all the while adding in a bit of wartime romance. I found it to be well written. I bought the paperback edition and did not find anything negative to say about the editing. There were one or two typos but they did not affect the overall story. The final chapters filled in many of the blanks but I think a second book would have fleshed out the next generation a bit and given the reader more of the back story. That said, I rate this as a five star book for its readability and engaging characters.
  • (4/5)
    I wasn’t sure what to expect in Helen Bryan’s War Brides. I’ve always thought of war brides as those who married foreign soldiers during the war and maybe left England and moved away. But these brides come from varied walks of life and meet in an English village near the start of the war. Their lives are shadowed by planes flying overhead and the threat of bombs. And their secrets are many.There’s an intriguing sense of life’s incompleteness and unexpected connections in this tale. Past memories can be twisted by circumstance. Future dreams can vanish in a moment’s fear. And the present is all we have. In the end, despite all their efforts to change it, the present will have its way with these brides too.From Louisiana's genteel disgrace to London’s street-smart theft, from Nazi terror to child evacuees, and from society’s assumptions to a woman’s hopes and dreams, this story tells of the displaced finding place, and of past and future lurking in the wings.Some depictions ring hauntingly true, especially that of a woman’s depression after childbirth, and the sense a village coping with its changing generations in a time of war. At other times readers may find it harder to suspend disbelief. But the story moves through twists and turns, bringing characters together then tearing them apart, and revealing how that quest for closure might be as false the desire to control future and past.War Brides is a tale filled with mysteries, ending with mysteries of human lives, and it’s a good read, despite its occasional oddities.Disclosure: A friend wasn’t enjoying it so she gave it to me to read.
  • (3/5)
    I found myself a little disappointed with War Brides by Helen Bryant and I think the biggest reason for that is that this wasn't the story I expected. I thought the story would focus on women who married servicemen from a different country and the bulk of the story would be about the adjustments they had to make in order to fit in and feel at home in their new country. In actual fact this story was about a group of women, who did marry during the war, but the storyline was about how these five women met and what they did during the war. But my biggest complaint is that the book felt very pieced together and the part that was set in the present was truly a mess with the ending making little to no sense.This story is about five young women, all from different social classes and backgrounds, who meet in an English village during World War II. By the end of the book, we are supposed to believe that these women have the unbreakable bond of true friendship between them, but I never felt that the author demonstrated this. Mostly they just seemed to tolerate each other.War Brides would certainly have benefited from tighter editing. It felt very much like a manuscript before it was polished, edited and made into a book. The secret to books like this is to make the reader really care about the characters but these characters were poorly developed and rather stereotypical. I did buy this at a reduced price for my Kindle and I guess it’s another case of getting what one pays for.
  • (3/5)

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    About 40 years ago, I got hooked on some genre fiction that seems to exist largely in the UK - the World War II Homefront novel. These usually focus on a group of women who are bearing up with humor & stiff upper lips amidst the hardships of rationing and the terror of nightly bombing raids and holding their homes and families together. This one is more of the same - not very good writing and a preposterously far-fetched plot. Bu I was tired of reading serious fiction and wanted to give my brain a rest and the ebook was only 99-cents. Everyone deserves a guilty pleasure now & then.

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  • (3/5)
    I enjoyed reading this book, but wish we could have gotten a bit deeper into the characters. I was not thrilled with the ending. Like others have said, it seemed there was a rush to tie things up and I did not find it very believable.
  • (4/5)
    Everybody in my reading circle knows I am drawn to books about the second world war. I REALLY like books that deal with the homefrontin Great Britain. These include The Shell Seekers by Rosamund Pilcher and Forbidden Places by Penny Vincennzi. So when I saw the delightlful cover of War Brides I just had to read it immediately!There was a bit of fanciful nonsense in the beginning of this book that made me wonder if it was going to turn out to be some kind ofDanielle Steele,True Blood,Twilight nonsense. I stuck witht the book and it just got better and better.This is the story of Alice,Elsie,Tanni,Evengeline and Frances. Five young woman from very different backgrounds who because of the catalyst of the war come together eventuallyas friends and help mates.Having read much about this era I found the historical research to be quite accurate. There are very interesting back stories about each of these characters. Many aspects of that war and it's effects on the civilian population are woven into their stories. There is also much sadnessin this book as characters have loved ones go missing and die. There is an espionage story too that involves a local traitor whose actions cause more heartache.The book ends with the ladies reunitng at the 50th Anniversary of the war's end in 1995.They bring about a bit of a wacky close to the above story in my humble opinion and while very satisfying made me have to"suspend reality" like in the beginning of the book.All in all of very good read. A step up from cozy chick lit!
  • (4/5)
    I really enjoyed this book about 5 very different young women whose lives are changed forever by the out break of war. They all come together in Crowmarsh Priors as land girls. There are a lot of twists and turns to the story which keep it interesting, and also keeps you guessing what happened to them all until the very end, when we get a very unexpected twist!
  • (3/5)
    Very interesting story of five young women brought together by the evacuation of London during WW II. Very different backgrounds aside, these women support and care for each other under great stresses. It had an extremely unexpected ending.