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From bestselling author Soraya Lane comes a story about friendship, love & heartbreak at the end of World War II. When Betty, Madeline, Alice and June depart London for New York at the end of 1945 they are complete strangers. But along with hundreds of other war brides, they are leaving home to be with their American husbands now the war is over. In the days they spendFrom bestselling author Soraya Lane comes a story about friendship, love & heartbreak at the end of World War II. When Betty, Madeline, Alice and June depart London for New York at the end of 1945 they are complete strangers. But along with hundreds of other war brides, they are leaving home to be with their American husbands now the war is over. In the days they spend at sea, the four young women become firm friends, and vow to stay in touch no matter what their new lives bring. But life in a new country comes with many challenges…Betty has no family, and she has no intention of being alone in her final stage of pregnancy. Her dashing pilot husband is the man of her dreams, and she can’t wait to be reunited with him, but tragedy awaits her in America. Madeline never wanted to leave her family, but she was also in love. She is excited about the ranch her new husband has told her so much about, but the reality of life with his family is nothing like she could ever have imagined. Alice fell in love with her soldier husband while she was nursing him in London, but the strong, capable man who returned to sweep her off her feet seems to have disappeared. In his place is a man so haunted by what used to be before the war, that she has doubts their marriage will last. It seems that June is the only one of the four friends to find happiness in America. Her husband and his family welcome her with open arms, but her inability to get pregnant makes her feel like a failure. The only thing these four brave women can count on is their friendship, but Betty, Madeline, Alice and June didn’t move half way across the world to give up without a fight....

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Number of Pages : 312 Pages
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The War Bride Club Reviews

  • Desere
    2019-01-19 05:53

    Many woman today know the heartache of sending off your husband to war and him not returning, but very little of us actually stop to take the time and think how the woman are going to handle the life after death. In today's day and age there are certain benefits that have been implemented to take care of these woman and children left behind, however this has not always been the case.In this read the author delved into the lives of four British woman, each who married American soldiers during WW II, after the war ends they embark on a journey to join their husbands in the states, but they have no idea of the troubles and heartache that lies in wait for them.The main characters of Madeleine, Alice, June and Betty were all extremely well written. The author delved deep into each one's frame of mind, dreams, heartaches and showed just how strong a woman needs to be and can be when circumstances call for it.I cried so hard for poor Betty when tragedy strikes but I was also overwhelmed with joy when the author let it all turn around for her. With Alice I was intrigued as at first I thought her young soldier is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is commonly associated with soldiers of today but in the days of WW II it was unspoken off, a disorder that is manageable but something that will never fully go away, but the author did a fantastic job at blowing my theory out the window and offering up a complete different scenario of events.And not wanting to give it all away here I will just say as for the other two woman , I was in shock and in awe at the events that lead to these two woman finally finding their own feet and happiness. The backdrop settings were absolutely stunning. Through the words of the author I could hear the crowds cheering and waving the woman off to the unknown, I could see the sites of New York coming into view and I could hear the sounds of chickens and horses mucking about!The dialogue was very emotional as the author really let her words touch me as reader, I could honestly feel the pain and sorrow these woman feel when they discover their lives on the other side is not all they had hoped for, or in some cases what they had been promised.The read was in some instances predictable but just as what I predicted happens the author does a 180 degree turnaround of events and completely surprised me by letting it all change into something new and exciting. I highly recommend this read, but a fair warning if you are not into the " I cry my eyes out " kind of read then this book is not for you. If however you love a romance with good, heartfelt emotion and a offering of true life drama and a message of woman are stronger than they look, this is a definite read for you.I know this read will go to the top of the charts, and it will remain with me as one of the most emotional and powerful reads of this year!5/5 star review"Woman who fight to find their happiness"

  • Caddy Rowland
    2019-01-17 22:52

    This book was presented to me in an email from an online company who recommends books according to your tastes. I had signed up for historical fiction and a few other genres, but NOT romance. So when this book was recommended, I wrongly assumed it fit one of those categories. I should have double checked on Amazon before ordering, I guess because it is a historical ROMANCE. I don't generally like romance. And, to be fair, I guess by the reviews a lot of people do like this book.I was very excited to read it because the premise was promising. Plenty of room for drama and deeply developed characters. However, the characters were like paper dolls instead of real people. Perhaps the book was too short to fully develop four women, I don't know. These women were sad caracatures of females and it actually offended me more than a little. It reminded me of how men portrayed women in the 1950's on TV. Hello, Donna Reed! Even the woman who had an affair was portrayed so fakey I couldn't believe her at all. And June? How could a female author portray a woman as so extremely dense and shallow? I mean, come on. She is blindfolded and taken to her new house. When she sees it and is standing alone with her husband, who has loads of money, she has NO IDEA what was going on?Throughout the book the women's main dialog was "(Insert husband's name)?" Simply his name. Over and over. Like they needed verification from "their man" for every thought that MIGHT occur in their feeble female brain. Additionally, all June thought or cared about was being with her husband. Shopping? No. OH, wait...maybe we can have lunch with my husband. Yes, okay, I"ll go.The name thing was overused in the dialog in general. In real life people don't generally say the other person's name that they are talking to in almost every sentence. That reads like one of those old Ed McMann (I don't know how he spelled his name) Reader's Digest prize letters.I got the feeling that this book was like a very thinly developed Harlequin Romance. Surprise! I looked later and found that the author did write for Harlequin. Now, I know there are a lot of women who do (or used to) read those. But, truly, in this day and age, don't they expect the women in those stories to be a little more intelligent, a little more their own person? We burned bras for this???Oh, and if you are going to list a book as "historical" please know history. Pantyhose did not exist. Women from England did not speak like American women the minute they got off the ship.I very, very seldom leave a one star review. I hate to do that. I kept reading, praying it would get better. I thought about not reviewing it. However, as a reader AND A WOMAN and I just couldn't stand by and not protest females being portrayed as so silly, shallow, and dense, especially by a female author! Even back in that time period, women DID have brains.However, if you enjoy romances that are a quick read with no sex and the usual plot, this book fits that bill. If you like sitcoms from the 1950's you will like it even more. There are plenty of people who do, I guess, so this review should actually encourage them to give the book a read.The cover is also beautiful.

  • Glenda L
    2019-01-08 04:39

    This was a Goodreads win for me and I an so glad I received it ... I may not have read it otherwise, and I really liked it. This is a book of friendship, love and heartbreak at the end of World War II. It is about 4 girls who married American service men in 1945. All the girls set sail for New York to be with their men at the end of the war without knowing anything about America or the families they were joining. They struck up a lasting friendship with each other that would last a life time. They encountered numerous challenges which their friendship helped them overcome. It did end up fairly predictable, but I liked that ... friendship wins out over adversity. I thought this was a very good book.

  • Laura
    2019-01-10 01:07

    I'm very interested in material relating to social relationships during World War II, however I rarely read such material. This book intertwines four women's stories: British women who married American soldiers and shipped off together to meet their men on American soil.The stories are moderately developed and slightly predictable. However, I'm a sucker for these stories so these factors, along with the mostly unsophisticated prose, did not deter me from enjoying this novel and thinking about it for a few days afterward.

  • Dawn
    2019-01-04 00:49

    The back if the book tells you everything you need to know. There are no plot twists, no unexpected scenes. It reads like a reader's digest version- enjoyable, but without the depth and character development that would make you really care. Numerous grammatical and typographical errors don't help. I did enjoy the read, but can't recommend it to others unless you just have time to kill and want a quick, light, read that you won't have trouble putting down.

  • Jennifer Manley
    2019-01-22 01:47

    Very nice readIt wasn't until I started reading this that I realized I had read this some time ago already, but it's a great story so I just read it again lol. The 4 women who met and married American Soldiers during WWII also meet each other on board ship crossing over to America to be with said husbands. This story is about friendship, love, loss, grief, even a little bit of adultery thrown in, you will definitely run the full gamut of emotions with this book.I did enjoy it after all I read it twice lol. I would recommend it. Thanks for sharing your talent and heart Soraya M. Lane.

  • Ana
    2019-01-21 01:03

    Wow! What an amazing book. One of the best books I have ever read. From the first page, this biik grabs hold of you and does not let go. A story about friendship, love, and finding the strength to stand up for yourself, this book not to be missed!! The four main characters; Betty, Alice, June, and Madeline are as different as they are alike and form a friendship that will last them a lifetime. In these women, female readers will readily identify and understand what they are going through. At times it was so intense that I had to stop reading because I couldn't take it!! A book that I would gladly read again!! When I was done reading The War Bride Club, I felt like I had just woken up from a dream! Only an amazing book like this one can do that to me! Loved it!

  • Lorrie
    2018-12-30 23:47

    This was an entertaining story, but the ending was terribly predictable and a little too "happily ever after" to suit me. I read the Amazon Digital Edition, and the constant typographical errors were extremely annoying and distracting. Seriously, is proofreading a thing of the past? Or do I expect too much?

  • Tonya
    2019-01-24 03:58

    Found this on BookBub as a freebie. The summary sounded interesting so I downloaded it. I loved the story and the characters. I would have given it four or five stars but I felt there was a lot more that could have been written about the characters and each of their experiences. The ending seemed too rushed and I would have loved to have read more. Overall a great book!!

  • Pearl
    2019-01-23 03:46

    Voyage of the Heart written by Soraya M Lane for me was a great read and an even better audio experience. It tells the story of four girls who first meet each other on a ship at the end of the Second World War, it is taking them to America to be with their American Husbands who they met when the men were posted to England prior to going to war.Each girl has their own story to tell and each one is as different as chalk is to cheese and for me, the author put across each girl in a very readable way as they narrated their own story.I loved this book as it is well written and one which was brimming with every emotion possible, and it showed how each girl was really heading to America in faith alone as they had spent very little time with their husband and in some cases only their wedding night. This is one book which showed not only the romantic stories which indeed did happen but it also showed the heartbreaking and sometimes cruel ways the girls who simply fell in love were treated by those who should have welcomed them to this new life in a country which had very little comparisons to the home they have only ever known which was in the girls case England.Voyage of the Heart written by Soraya M Lane is a wonderful read and one which had me gripped by each of the girls, and I would also like to recommend the audio version which was narrated by Karen Peakes who give each character their own voice and really added to my enjoyment of this very good read.Happy to recommend.

  • Vikki Vaught
    2019-01-15 02:52

    My MusingsOh, my. I'm so glad I found this book. I could not stop reading. It is riveting and so moving. Although each War Bride had her trials, they rose above them . I also thoroughly enjoyed the narrator. She handled the transition from an American accent to a British with great expertise. I highly recommend this excellent book. Happy reading 📚!

  • Tiffani
    2019-01-18 00:53

    Love love love loved this book.

  • Keksisbaby
    2019-01-19 22:46

    Der Krieg ist vorbei und Madeline, Alice, June und Betty machen sich auf in die Heimat ihrer Ehemänner nach Amerika. Die vier sind Kriegsbräute, brave englische Mädchen, die sich in die während des zweiten Weltkriegs stationierten GI’s verliebt haben. Sie lernen sich auf dem Schiff kennen und freunden sich an. Jede erwartungsfroh auf das Abenteuer das ihnen bevorsteht, aber auch voller Wehmut mit den Gedanken, bei ihren Angehörigen die daheim bleiben müssen. Angekommen in Amerika, verlieren sich die vier aus den Augen und jede muss sich ihrem Schicksal stellen, dass manchmal so anders ist, als sie es sich erträumt haben. Da sind plötzlich Familien, die die neue Frau nicht akzeptieren, Soldaten, die aus dem Krieg nie heimkehrten, von den Kämpfen gebrochene Männer und unerfüllte Kinderwünsche. Doch als es hart auf hart kommt, stehen die vier fest zusammen und strotzen den Widrigkeiten der neuen Welt.Ein Buch das mir sehr gefallen hat. Den Mut den die junge Mädchen, die ihre Familie verlassen und sich in ein Land begeben, in Familien die ihnen völlig fremd sind, konnte ich nur bewundern. Jede der vier Mädels hat einen anderen Charakter, und doch harmonieren sie perfekt als Einheit miteinander. Insbesondere Betty hatte es mir angetan. Sie, die bereits während der beschwerlichen Reise ihr Kind gebärt und sich bei ihrer Ankunft dem Drama stellen muss, dass die Liebe ihres Lebens tot ist. Und doch muss sie ihr neues Leben mit ihrem kleinen Sohn meistern, denn sie hat keine Familie zu der sie zurückkehren kann. Von Alice war ich im Verlauf des Buches überrascht. Zuerst hielt ich sie für ein verwöhntes Püppchen, für ein bisschen Luxus zu allem bereit zu sein scheint. Doch hinter der Vampfassade steckt eine Kämpferin, die sich nicht zu schade ist hart zu arbeiten. Die Tatsache, dass nicht bei allen Friede, Freude, Eierkuchen herrschte und das mancher Traum von einem neuen Leben sich nicht erfüllte, machten die Story authentischer. Das Happy End hätte ich nicht unbedingt gebraucht, aber es war zumindest ein kleines Sahnehäubchen oben drauf, so dass ich das Buch mit dem Gefühl schloss, gerade einer schönen Geschichte gelauscht zu haben, die ein bisschen von den Gefühlen der Auswanderbräute von damals transportieren konnte.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-08 05:55

    This was our May book pick for the book club that I run. I never would have picked this up on my own, but I'm honestly glad I gave this a shot. I was newly introduced to the idea of a "war bride". I had no idea that so many women married servicemen, and then blindly came over here on ships just hoping for the best when they arrived in America. It's rather fascinating to me! Although The War Bride Club is fiction, it does have that vibrant spark of history behind it and I was intrigued.I loved the first third of this book. Watching June, Alice, Betty and Madeline become fast friends on their voyage over was so much fun. They shared their stories, giggled over American sayings, and speculated as to what they would find when they arrived. Soraya Lane crafts four women who, although they all come from the same place, each have their own quirks and pitfalls. I felt attached to all of them, and wished them only the best. What a scary prospect to travel into the unknown, don't you think?The latter half of the book follows these women through their lives, after they arrive. This was the part that started to lose me. I give kudos to Lane for managing to write such different outcomes for each woman, but some of them felt so forced. The ones I felt most attached to were the ones who had the most struggle, mainly because I feel like that's closer to real life. Then the ending came and, sorry to spoil but it's necessary, they all ended up with their own little slice of happily ever after. Was I disappointed? Slightly. I know we all wish for our own HEA, but is it reality that all of them would get just that? Probably not.I also felt like the ending was really rushed in an effort to get to those happy endings. Which was unfortunate, because I really did like hearing about their relationships and lives. The fact remains that, while this was a good read, I really feel like it could have been a little bit better. I'd have happily read 100 more pages to feel more fulfilled. For now, I give this a solid three stars! Well worth a read if you're a historical fiction fan.

  • Marcie
    2019-01-11 04:49

    Forward by the Author: "By the end of WWII, more than 100,000 British women had married American soldiers. These women were desperate to travel to America to be with their husbands and in 1945 the US Embassy in London was picketed by war brides demanding ships. On Dec. 29, 1945 the, the War Brides Act was passed by Congress and ships were sent to bring these women America". This is the story of 4 women who met on one of those ships on the voyage to America, the friendships that formed and loyalty that was never questioned or abandoned. Betty, who hid her advanced pregnancy in order to gain passage on the ship to be with her beloved Charlie, but met devastating tragedy when she arrived. Betty soon discovered when God closes one door, He does indeed open another. Margaret, the strong willed rock of the group who was dealt a cruel hand in America nobody would have imagined. Alice who nursed Ralph back to health in the hospital only to come face to face with PTSD once she finally got America; and Jane who found the love of her life never expecting the welcome she received from Edwards' family and the fairy-tale life she had no idea was waiting for her. If you like books by Karen White, Kate Morton, Maeve Binchy or Roasmund Pilcher you'll love this book. Emotion you can feel, imagery you get lost in, characters you love and wish they were real and splash of history to give the book a firm foundation.

  • Esme
    2019-01-23 23:07

    Während des Zweiten Weltkrieges verliebten sich viele junge britische Frauen in amerikanische Soldaten. Mit dem War Bride Act durften die Ehefrauen in die USA immigrieren. Das erfährt man allerdings nicht aus dem Roman, der sich auf eine triviale Sicht auf dieses Stück Zeitgeschichte konzentriert. The War Bride Club erzählt die Geschichte vierer dieser Kriegsbräute. Betty, Madeline, Alice und June lernen sich auf dem Schiff, das sie nach Amerika zu ihren Ehemännern bringt, kennen und freunden sich miteinander an. Das Leben fern der Heimat ist für keine von ihnen so wie sie es sich erträumt hatte.Die vier Frauen leben alle in New York, womit wahrscheinlich der Staat New York gemeint ist, denn einige leben ländlich und auf Farmen. Die Namen der Städte bleiben ungenannt. Die Landschaft wird nur rudimentär beschrieben, das könnte auch irgendwo anders sein, dafür wird beim Teppichmuster größte Detailverliebtheit an den Tag gelegt. Obwohl einige tragische Ereignisse geschehen, berührt das Schicksal der Protanisten seltsam wenig. Betty ist da eine Ausnahme, doch auf ihr ruht auch meistens der Fokus. Die Schiffsreise wird sehr ausführlich behandelt, ebenso wie die erste Zeit in Amerika. Dagegen wird gegen Ende hin alles sehr hektisch zum Abschluß gebracht. Trotz seiner unübersehbaren Schwächen habe ich diesen Roman gern gelesen.

  • Val Wilkerson
    2019-01-08 05:45

    During WW2 100,000 british women married American soldiers, young men they spent only 2-3 weeks with. They wanted to join their new husbands in America, it meant leaving their families behind. It was resolved that the women could come over to America on a ship that had been used by the navy.The young women were nervous, leaving behind mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, they might never see again.....going to a place so far away...where the accents were different. Good Housekeeping even put out a pamphlet for them on how to be "good american wives". 4 of these women hooked up to become very good friends during the journey to America and this book is the story about their lives after reaching America. It was a great read.

  • Samantha Niette
    2019-01-09 02:40

    I think this could have been such a great story. It just wasn't written well. Everything tied up too neatly, in my opinion. Some of it just didn't seem realistic, the characters weren't developed nearly enough, and the conversations seemed so shallow and empty of emotion, even the parts that should have been overflowing with feeling. It had great potential, but just didn't fulfill.

  • Sonia Ann
    2019-01-03 07:08

    I never knew this, women who married American soldiers...interesting. In the storyeach gal was different...good heart warming friendship they developed in the shorttime on the amiga stories! Thanks Val for the recommendation,"otra vez"!

  • Catherine Martin
    2019-01-16 02:08

    Loved this! Terrific story of friendship Really enjoyed this story about the lives of the very different, yet small group of women who find themselves all very much alike, due to being War Brides and on board a ship for the U.S. so no matter what differences they might have had they all are starting with the same amount of belongings and even little to no cash. Everyone is on the same footing. Alice, Betty, June and Madeline form a bond that will last - even if their marriages to their Yanks don't live up to their whirlwind courtships/marriages because now, real life is happening and you aren't seeing it through the rose coloured glasses of war and trying to snatch happiness out of the death-grip of Death itself! Nothing is more deadly to romance than the humdrum everyday routine. It's as exciting as listening to the steady drip drip of water onto a rock. Lovely to see how these women and their GI's made it, or not... and how their friendship saw them through.

  • Marian
    2019-01-13 06:48

    For me this actually gets a 3 star rating, but for readers who like a nice romance without a lot of explicit sex, no foul language and an interesting story, it is probably a 4 star book. It has a little historical fiction tucked in throughout about the British war brides who came to the U.S. after WWII. However, most of the story was about 4 women who marry men they hardly know and then join them in a new country. As you might expect, it worked out well for some, and not for others. Life never gives us what we expect and most certainly not in the romance department. A nice story and it wraps up nicely at the end.

  • Mike Hirsch
    2019-01-02 01:50

    Excellent book. Since I love historical fiction, this book was already high on my list of potential desirables. But it was so much more: A love story, four love stories in fact. And very fun to go through the lives of these 4 women as they journeyed to America. The cultural differences between Britain and the US was a comic relief in the story and was quite entertaining most of the time. The bottom line of these people was that they were just that, people. People from different backgrounds trying to make a life for themselves in strange and difficult circumstances. Read this one! Excellent!

  • Dottie Resnick
    2019-01-13 02:08

    This is a story of historical fiction. English women who fall in love and marry American GIs during WWII. The men return home and a ship of War Brides follows months later. This story follows the lives of these women across the ocean where a life long friendship develops and follows their lives as new brides in the US. Each woman has differing circumstances while growing up as well as their relationships with their American husbands and families. It is written in an engaging heart-felt way.

  • Cathy
    2019-01-07 23:49

    4 BridesFour English brides board a ship headed to America to start their post WW II lives with their American soldier husbands. The four band together on the ship as they are all headed to New York to live. They share the stories of meeting, falling in love and marrying their soldier husbands. They share their dreams and fears of the life awaiting them in America. It was easy to see how they were able to start a hopefully life long bond with each other. Following each of their stories in America and their eventual reunion is a satisfactory story.

  • Pam Hanrick
    2019-01-19 01:58

    A romance novel; if fairy floss (cotton candy) could be read, this book would be an example. Very light weight in historical facts, there is nothing new to be learned from this book, more a statement of the obvious. Of course with the many thousands of war brides post WWII, there was a variety of outcomes from successful to disasterous in the women’s experience. The characters of this story were colourless and very dull, not one of them seemed to possess a brain of any note. However for those who find lightweight romance entertaining this might be the book.

  • Kathryn Parry
    2018-12-31 04:52

    Not a review copy but my next read. This is about the transportation of the war brides after the war. The first chapter sets up the beginning of a group of war brides budding friendship. Seems good so far. The story breaks down into three parts. The first part is the backstory and getting to know the characters and budding friendships. Just started the second section and very moving start to this part. This part is the reunion with their partners. The four individual story are strong enough separately but a great story that brought a tear to my eyes more than once.

  • Sara
    2019-01-13 06:46

    Following the events of WWII, we follow the lives of four English women, who married American soldiers, who now set sail to New York to join them.The four young women meet on the ship headed for New York, and a strong bond of friendship is formed. However, each of their lives after they separate are met with hardships and heart break. The one thing that stood strong was their will to continue and strive and to make a stand.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-05 03:58

    I quite liked this book. Some of it was difficult because I’m a single American woman in 2018 and these ladies were English women during WW2 but it was interesting to see a different perspective. Some of the phrases and words they used, I have NEVER heard an English person say but most of my knowledge about dialect is from TV and movies. The last part of the book dragged on way too long but it was still a pretty easy read. It’s a fascinating subject and each girl’s story was interesting.

  • Dee-edda
    2019-01-20 05:54

    Enjoyable bookI enjoyed the friendship these young brides created as they embarked on their new lives in America. Each character was well developed as you learned how each woman met and fell in love with their husbands. Each woman encountered different experiences as they landed in New York. As the women settle into their new lives their friendship remains strong and loving helping and supportive of each other.

  • Kimberly
    2018-12-31 03:05

    It was interesting to hear the different variations of what war time brides experienced coming to the states after their husbands. I found Betty's misreading of people and their cues vary distracting to the point that I somewhat tuned out when her story was in the forefront. I can see how many women of that generation would enjoy this book.