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GI Brides LP: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

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They left everything behind to follow their hearts . . .

Enthralling true stories that illuminate the experiences of British war brides in America after World War II

American soldiers stationed in Britain came away winning more than just a war; they also won the hearts of young women across the country. At the end of World War II, more than 70,000 GI brides followed the men ...

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Overview

They left everything behind to follow their hearts . . .

Enthralling true stories that illuminate the experiences of British war brides in America after World War II

American soldiers stationed in Britain came away winning more than just a war; they also won the hearts of young women across the country. At the end of World War II, more than 70,000 GI brides followed the men they'd married—men they barely knew—to begin a new life in the United States. Meet four of these women:

Sylvia Bradley, a loyal, bright-eyed optimist
Rae Brewer, a resourceful quick-witted tomboy
Margaret Boyle, an English beauty who faced down every challenge
Gwendolyn Rowe, a brave woman ahead of her time

Though all made the bold choice to leave family and the world they knew, the journey each experienced was unique—ranging from romantic to heartbreaking. Fascinating and unforgettable, GI Brides pays homage to these brave women, propelled by love and hope, who embarked on an adventure that would change their lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily Mail (London)
“Beautifully rounded portraits … delightful and touching.”
The Londonist
“This is a treasure box of testimonies from a very different world, and one that will soon slip from living memory. Kudos to the authors for capturing these memories for posterity, and in such a readable, touching way.”
Jacqueline Winspear
Much has been written about the British “G.I. Brides” of World War II, but perhaps never before with such honesty, compassion, emotional insight and intimacy. I loved this book, and once picked up, it was really hard to put down.
Erika Robuck
“GI BRIDES includes two authors, four women, and the countless trials and triumphs of wartime romance. Nuala Calvi and Duncan Barrett deftly portray love and heartbreak in riveting narratives that consume the reader from the opening paragraph to the last perfect sentence.”
Marjorie Hart
Heartbreaking yet tender, these British wartime brides face the high cost of marrying GIs they scarcely know and courageously reclaim their lives a thousand miles from home and family. Rich in historical detail and masterfully researched
Hazel Gaynor
Truly fascinating insight into the experiences of the war brides; remarkable women whose lives were transformed by war and the American GIs who stole their hearts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062344304
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Edition description: Larger Pri
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 279,850
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi are the bestselling authors of GI Brides and The Sugar Girls. Duncan studied English at Cambridge and now works as a writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir. Nuala is a writer and journalist. She trained at London College of Printing and has written for The Times, The Independent, the BBC, CNN, and numerous Time Out books. They both live in London.

Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi are the bestselling authors of GI Brides and The Sugar Girls. Duncan studied English at Cambridge and now works as a writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir. Nuala is a writer and journalist. She trained at London College of Printing and has written for The Times, The Independent, the BBC, CNN, and numerous Time Out books. They both live in London.

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