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The Ship of Brides

Jojo Moyes

28 Reviews

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Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance, Sagas

Shortlisted for the 2005 RNA Novel of the Year award, a moving and gorgeously-written book from Jojo Moyes, based on a true story.

Australia, 1946. 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men.

On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, one bride in particular, it soon becomes clear that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.

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Praise for The Ship of Brides

  • Fascinating read . . . not only is THE SHIP OF BRIDES utterly compelling, it's educational. In a good way. - Heat

  • Engaging and poignant - Glasgow Herald

  • Irresistible novel - Daily Express

  • A wonderful read: tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. - Sunday Express

  • Wonderfully romantic and moving. - Daily Mail

  • Gloriously entertaining - Mirror

  • It says a lot for the author's storytelling powers that this classy family drama had me utterly engrossed, deeply involved with the characters and caring madly about their fate. - Australian Woman's Weekly on THE PEACOCK EMPORIUM

  • 'Even if the sun isn't shining, this book will make you feel like it is . . .' - Good Housekeeping on FOREIGN FRUIT

  • Fascinating read...not only is THE SHIP OF BRIDES utterly compelling, it's educational. In a good way. - Heat

  • Gloriously entertaining - Mirror

  • Gloriously entertaining - Mirror

  • If you liked Chocolat by Joanne Harris, you'll love FOREIGN FRUIT by Jojo Moyes. . .blissful, romantic reading - Company

  • Engaging and poignant...Moyes writes both dialogue and descriptive passages with charm. - Glasgow Herald

  • This irresistible novel is told through the eyes of four women with their own hopes, fear and secrets - Daily Express

  • Gloriously entertaining - Mirror Ticket

  • THE SHIP OF BRIDES is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. - Sunday Express

  • The Ship of Brides is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. - Sunday Express

  • Wonderfully romantic and moving. - Daily Mail

  • Wonderfully romantic and moving. - Daily Mail

  • An epic story that will tug at your heartstrings . . .Gripping till the end. - Woman's Value, South Africa

  • Engaging and poignant...Moyes writes both dialogue and descriptive passages with charm. - Glasgow Herald

  • Engaging and poignant...Moyes writes both dialogue and descriptive passages with charm. - Glasgow Herald

  • A scintillating novel of friendship, family and love - Woman & Home

  • Irresistibly absorbing . . . A sure-fire winner and her best since SHELTERED RAIN. - Sarah broadhurst, Bookseller

  • Romance with a difference - Woman & Home

  • THE SHIP OF BRIDES is a wonderful read: a tale of fate and destiny that remains utterly unsentimental. - Sunday Express

  • Fascinating read...not only is THE SHIP OF BRIDES utterly compelling, it's educational. In a good way. - Heat

  • 'A rich chocolate box of a novel' - WOMAN AND HOME on THE PEACOCK EMPORIUM

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Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and brought up in London. A journalist and writer, she worked for the Independent until 2001. She lives in East Anglia with her husband and three children.

Jojo has twice won the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award: in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover and in 2003 for Foreign Fruit. The Ship of Brides and Silver Bay were shortlisted for the 2005 and 2007 RNA award and Silver Bay was shortlisted for the inaugural Good Housekeeping 2007 Book of the Year award. You can read Jojo's blog or find out more from her website, www.jojomoyes.com, follow her on Twitter @jojomoyes or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jojo.moyes.