I have to say, I’ve been really impressed with author Helen Bryan. This is the second novel I’ve read written by this author, and it’s another winner!
War Brides tells the fictional story of five women who became friends during World War II, after they relocated to the English countryside. Bryan is a wonderful storyteller, and the various backgrounds of these women tell the story of the times and of a war that had a huge affect on everyone.
Evangeline is an southern belle who escapes to England by marrying a British Naval officer. Alice, after being jilted by the same officer, goes from spinsterhood to working for a Women’s Service Organization. Elsie is removed from her starving London family to work as a maid for Lady Marchmont. Tanni is a recent Austrian immigrant who narrowly escaped being sent to Auschwitz with her parents. And lastly the novel includes Frances – a London socialite sent to Sussex to keep her out of trouble.
These women represent those that worked to win the war by working on the home front – raising children (often not their own), farming, ambulance work, and even spying. War Brides is an entertaining look at a side of war often overlooked.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011