adult novels, book reviews

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

20510869Title: The Ship of Brides
Author: Jojo Moyes
Source: Brand new
Edition: Trade paperback
Publication: October 28th 2014 by Penguin Books
Pages: 415 pages
Category: Romance, Historical, Fiction, Chick Lit


From the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You and One Plus One, 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 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


On the cover: The penguin edition of Jojo Moye’s books are just colourful books with their titles in large fonts. I love these covers because of their simplicity. For this book, the colour combination is cream, white, navy-blue and pink. The font size used was very readable and it did not strain the eyes. Again, I’m bias on this cover because its in navy blue. However, I’ve seen the other books with their colourful book covers and I love all of them. They would all look lovely when grouped together in a book shelf.

On the story plot: The story is about an aircraft carrier ship which transported war brides for its last voyage. This trip is from Australia to England. The plot is very interesting because I think it is based on real world war II events. Somehow, it made me wonder if I would be able to travel half of the world for something uncertain. I admire the women in this novel because despite the uncertainty they believed that at the end of the trip, they would be united with their husband. The story was romantic yet, it did not have a descriptive sex scene as a romance enhancer.

On the characters: There are four main characters in this book.The four brides, namely Frances, Avice, Maggie and Jean were the main characters of the story. All of them have their personal problems. Their personalities also differ from one another. They were able to know each other because they were roommates in the ship. A lot of things happened in the ship. The whole travelling experience was  an emotional ride which could affected the future.

All in all:  This is my first read from Jojo Moyes. I love the way she used historical data as a plot for this novel. Somehow, anything from history attracts me. I like how the author made the story simple and romantic. Descriptive adult scenes were not needed to make it romantic. The romance in the story was conveyed by the courage and faith of the   war brides who were travelling for their husbands. Also, the belief they have in their husbands is admirable. I gave this story a four hearts rating because I love the story plot, characters and setting. However, the pace of the story was to slow for me. The story at first had me having lost of questions, but in the end all of these were answered.


“the only people who still have all the answers are those who have never been faced with the questions”
― Jojo Moyes, The Ship of Brides

“Very few troubles in life couldn’t be lessened by a nice smile—that was what her mother always said.”
― Jojo Moyes, The Ship of Brides

“None of us lasts forever, do we? If I’m honest, seeing her like that was an unwelcome reminder of my own mortality. Of what I had been. Of what we all must become.”
― Jojo Moyes, The Ship of Brides

“The young are right to be fearless, she reminded herself. Remember yourself at that age.”
― Jojo Moyes, The Ship of Brides


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