The Ship of Brides Review

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.

2 thoughts on “The Ship of Brides Review

  1. I was so excited to read this book, it is “my era.” I love WWII stories, especially if they involve England or Australia which are the top two places I want to visit in the world. One of my favorite books of all time is “A Town Like Alice” by Nevil Shute. If you haven’t read it, you should! This was my first time reading Jojo Moyes. I felt she did an excellent job weaving fictional characters into a true event. I cared for the characters and felt invested in their lives and journey. Her writing style sometimes made it difficult to distinguish whose perspective we were viewing the story from or whose head we were in. I think the author was doing this for effect at times, as in the prologue and chapter 26, at other times I just felt lost. I would read till I figured out who was talking, then reread the passage with the proper perspective in place. My biggest pet peeve with this author, she used “had had” all the time! At one point she slipped in a “that that” too! I know it is technically correct to use “had had,” but it makes me want to…well…barf barf! Many times the sentence could have been easily restructured to avoid the double word use. I feel it would have made the story more enjoyable if she had tightened up her sentences a bit. Still loved the story though, I would definitely recommend it! Four out of five stars.

    1. Thank you for your thoughts!! I agree that it was confusing at times to keep the characters straight. I highly recommend you read “Me Before You” next!

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