Jojo Moyes The Ship of Brides

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The Ship of Brides

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Look out for Jojo s new book, Paris for One and Other Stories, available now.
From the #1New York Timesbestselling author ofMe Before You, After You, andOne Plus One, in an earlier work available in the U.S. for the first time, a post-WWII story of the war brides who crossed the seas by the thousands to face their unknown futures.

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 HMSVictoria, 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."

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Praise for The Ship of Brides:
Wonderfully romantic and moving. Daily Mail(London)
THE SHIP OF BRIDES is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. Sunday Express(London)
A scintillating novel of friendship, family and love. Woman & Home

Praise forParis for One and Other Stories
Moyes is in fine, cheeky form in this collection of short fiction, deploying the wit and charm that animatesMe Before Youand her other popular novels. The title novella offers a vicarious jolt of Parisian romance, while shorter stories deliver pithy insights into the joys and woes of marriage, ending with delightful twists. --People
An old-fashioned, feel-good love story. . . ["Paris for One" is] as light as a French pastry. It will make you smile and even, maybe, sigh. It s as if Moyes has booked a vacation and is taking us along. To Paris. Amour! . . . Think of these short fictions as palate cleansers after the sweet, tasty Parisian treatMoyes so deliciouslyserves up. USA Today
Paris for One and Other Stories. . . [is] dreamy escapism, a book you can curl up with and easily finish over a weekend, with or without a glass of wine. Miami Herald
"[A] charming novella. . . [and] a collection of short stories rounds out the work and adds up to an engaging way to spend fall's first chilly afternoon. Good Housekeeping
These stories are a treat quick, short nibbles of Moyes character genius, storytelling charisma, and writing grace, plus a new, intriguing format for the author, with the occasional surprising twist. --Kirkus Reviews

"Vibrant. . .Bold, humorous and genuine, the stories in this collection are classic Moyes." Publishers Weekly
Praise forAfter You
"Jojo Moyes has a hit withAfter You. USA Today
Think Elizabeth Bennet after Darcy s eventualdeath; Alice after Gertrude; Wilbur after Charlotte. The 'aftermath' is a subject most writers understandably avoid, but Moyes has tackled it and given readers an affecting, even entertaining female adventure tale about a broken heroine who ultimately rouses herself and falls in love again, this time with the possibilities in her own future.. Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air, NPR
The genius of Moyes . . . [is that she] peers deftly into class issues, social mores, and complicated relationships that raise as many questions as they answer. And yet there is always resolution. It s not always easy, it s not always perfect, it s sometimes messy and not completely satisfying. But sometimes it is. Bobbi Dumas, NPR.org

Charming. People
Expect tears and belly laughs fromMe Before You s much anticipated sequel. Cosmopolitan

Moyes is at her most charming here, writing with a sense of humorous affection about family dynamics among working-classBrits. . . a Maeve Binchy for the 21st century. Kirkus Reviews

[A] heart-tugger. Good Housekeeping
Like its predecessor [Me Before You], After Youis a comic and breezy novel that also tackles bigger, more difficult subjects, in this case grief and movingon. . . . We all lose what we love at some point, but in her poignant, funny way, Moyes reminds us that even if it s not always happy, there is an ever after. Miami Herald
Once again, Moyes delivers a heart-wrenching and relatable book about love and loss that will stay with you long after you ve finished. InStyle.com

Moyes wisely knows that life-changing events don t always change our lives for the better. . . .After Youmay not be the sequel you expect, but it is the sequel you needed. Entertainment Weekly

After Youis an immersive experience, inviting readers back into the homes of the characters they fell in love with inMe Before You. They ll experience the mourning that follows a devastating loss, and the glimmers of hope that propel the brokenhearted forward. BookPage
[After You] left me thrilled by the possibilities of fiction to entertain and inform, and astounded by [Moyes s] deep well of talent and imagination. Baskmagazine

Praise forMe Before You
A hilarious, heartbreaking, riveting novel . . . I will stake my reputation on this book. Anne Lamott, People
When I finished this novel, I didn t want to review it: I wanted to reread it. . . . An affair to remember. The New York Times Book Review
An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears. O, The Oprah Magazine
Funny and moving but never predictable. USA Today(four stars)
Masterful . . . a heartbreaker in the best sense . . .Me Before Youis achingly hard to read at moments, and yet such a joy. New York Daily News

Praise forOne Plus One
Safety advisory: If you re planning to read Jojo Moyes sOne Plus Oneon your summer vacation, slather on plenty of SPF 50. Once you start the book, you probably won t look up again until you re the last one left on the beach. . . . [A] wonderful new novel. The Washington Post
Jojo Moyes new novelOne Plus Oneadds up to a delightful summer read, where the whole is greater than the sum of its charming parts. . . . Moyes observations on modern life are dryly hilarious. . . . You don t need to be a math whiz to figure out this book is one worth adding to your summer reading list. USA Today(four stars)
Bridget Jones meetsLittle Miss Sunshinein this witty British romp from bestseller Moyes. . . . Wryly romantic and surprisingly suspenseful. People
Fans of the 2006 summer sleeper hitLittle Miss Sunshinewill find a lot to love in British author Jojo Moyes latest, about a madcap road trip that s packed to the boot with familial drama, class clashes, and romance. Entertainment Weekly(A-)

No need to worry where this road trip is headed. Just sit back, roll down your window and enjoy being a passenger. Cleveland Plain Dealer"

From the Author:

The Ship of Brides is based on a true story, that of my Australian grandmother's journey to meet my Scottish grandfather after the war. During a chance conversation, she happened to mention that unlike most war brides, she and 600 others did not travel on the troopships or liners familiar to most people, but aboard an aircraft carrier, with 1000 men and aircraft still aboard.
Curious, I tried to find out more about this voyage, but with little initial success. In the end, through the use of Australian and English newspapers from 1946, journals, letters and reference books, and help from the Royal Navy, I slowly pieced the voyage together.
I think all great stories have tension at the heart of them, and here I could imagine the tension between the very male, regimented world of the navy and the giddy young brides, the tension within and between these young women, some as young as 15, who had hitched themselves to men they hardly knew - and a reception that was by no means guaranteed. And then my grandmother told me about a marine that used to stand outside her door and guard her cabin - and I saw a love story in the making.
Writing Ship of Brides was a fascinating experience - not just opening my eyes to the bravery of these young women, but also to my own family history. During a book tour of Australia last year I met many more of the original brides, who loved the book, and all had stories I wish I had been able to include. (Somehow my grandmother had decided not to tell me about the nit outbreak on board, or that many brides had to meet their husbands with their heads doused in paraffin!). I hope readers find it illuminating - more importantly, I hope they just get lost in the story. Even without my fictional recreation, I think it is a good one.
Jojo Moyes

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