The Ship of Brides
By Jojo Moyes
Genre: Historical fiction
After reading the fantastic Me Before You, I was excited to read another book by JoJo Moyes. To be honest, it seems like this could have been written by a totally different person. This book is historical fiction with a little bit of romance. It begins with Jennifer, a young adult, going on a vacation to India with her grandmother. Grandma sees a ship named the Victoria and the rest of the book is a flashback of her and a few other girls’ time on the ship. The Victoria was used to transport military brides to their husbands from Australia to England. We are introduced to Margaret, a girl who is leaving her father and many brothers to travel to a new land. She is the peacekeeper among the girls. Frances was a nurse during the war who is very secretive about her new husband. Avice comes from a wealthy family and has never lived in such rugged conditions as she does on the ship. We also get a peak inside some of the men’s minds.
I had trouble getting invested into this book. I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but decided to give it a try because of the author. At times, I had trouble keeping the different characters straight. As the book went on, I eventually did get invested into the characters as I found out more about their pasts. There were definitely some surprise plot twists and revelations. I enjoyed the ending, although I would have liked to have found out more about how the girls’ lives ended up. Three out of five stars.