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War Brides by Helen Bryan a wartime drama

It's 1939 and the worlds of four very different women are about to collide!

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As Britain prepares for war with Germany, the lives of five young women are about to collide in the sleepy Sussex village of Crowmarsh Priors. New Orleans belle Evangeline Fontaine has eloped with a handsome English naval officer as a means of following her true love to France. Alice Osbourne, jilted by Evangeline's husband, is resigned to a life as the village spinster. Elsie Pigeon has only known life in London's East End but at fifteen finds herself evacuated to Crowmarsh Priors as a maid for the forbidding Lady Marchmont. Young Jewish bride Tanni Joseph has fled Austria with her husband and arrives in the village with her newborn son, not knowing if her family are alive or if she will ever see them again.

Frances Falconleigh, madcap d├ębutante, is sent in disgrace to her see out the war with her godmother, Lady Marchmont , But her high spirits ultimately lead her into danger when she tries to help her friend Tanni .
Together they will face hardship, passion and danger, forming bonds of friendship that will inspire a desperate plan, And, fifty years later, an act of revenge ...

In 1939, as evacuation gets under way and Britain waits for the Luftwaffe to arrive, the lives of four very different women are about to collide in the sleepy little village of Crowmarsh Priors. Evangeline Fontaine has eloped from New Orleans with dashing naval captain Richard Fairfax. A Sussex village is about as far away from home as she can possibly imagine, away from memories of her first, passionate love. Alice Osbourne, living with her impossible mother, is resigned to life as the parish spinster since being jilted by her childhood sweetheart Richard. But the war will bring her friendships and passion she could never have foreseen. Tanni Joseph has fled from Vienna with her new husband, leaving her sisters to follow on the kindertransport. She arrives in Crowmarsh Priors with her newborn son, not knowing if her family are alive or if she will ever see them again... Frances Falconleigh is to see out the war with her godmother, Lady Marchmont, at Glebe House; her high spirits lead her into the ultimate danger to help her friend Tanni and are to turn her into a woman, almost overnight... Together these four women will face hardship, passion and danger. They form a bond that lasts for the rest of their lives and sees them through their darkest hours.

War Brides (fiction)
Helen Bryan (Author)
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One of the best books ever! Our book group ALL loved the novel! The story is great and the characters are all so well drawn. We keep discussing which is our favourite of the war brides and going back to re-read our favourite parts. Helen Bryan writes beautifully.
This books has all the ingredients for a good holiday read - intrigue, romance, mystery. As well as giving an insight into different types of women at different levels of society during the war, this book has characters I really cared about. Skilfully written - I'm delighted to have found a new favourite author!
I am still reading this book and parts of it are familiar so not sure if I've read it before as a book and not Kindle version. I agree that the editing/proof reading is appalling! There are spelling mistakes and sentence repetition in places. If you can get past that the story is not too bad but I am finding the editing irritating to say the least.
Perhaps whoever made this available to Kindle could ensure they get the proof reading right in future as it does spoil the flow.
I really liked this book. It took me a while to get to grips with who the characters were as there are quite a lot of them but once I had those sorted out in my mind I found it a very enjoyable read. I'm quite keen on historical fiction and the fact that there was some of WW2 woven into this book made it feel quite realistic. I was a bit disappointed with the ending which left a few questions unanswered, but despite that would recommend this book.

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