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    Melynda Jarratt(Author)

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"We sailed for Canada in April 1945 on a Greek ship, the Nea Hellis. The crossing took three weeks all the while avoiding the torpedoes. There were over 1,000 war brides and children aboard as well as wounded soldiers going home." - Iris Rickets. 'Overpaid, over-sexed and over here' was the verdict of many British civilians of American and Canadian soldiers conscripted to Britain in the Second World War. Yet for thousands of young girls, the influx of handsome young military men meant flirting, 'walking out' - and falling in love. The result was over 48,000 hasty marriages to Canadian soldiers alone, and a mass emigration of British young women to northern America and across the globe in the 1940s. Historian Melynda Jarratt has painstakingly captured the incredible stories of young women - some say brave, some say foolish - who left their families and homes to move to a country thousands of miles away with a man they barely knew. Yet the ensuing decades brought happiness to many, and surviving women share their tales of love, family and starting again. For some brides, the outcome was a very different story, and the darker side of the crossings reveals astonishing accounts of infidelity, domestic violence, venereal disease and even bigamy. This incredible new history draws on archives, rare documents, medical records and key first-hand accounts to tell the amazing story of the war brides in their own words - and shows the love, passion, tragedy and spirit of adventure that thousands of British women experienced in a turbulent time.

For the over 48,000 British women who married Canadian soldiers conscripted to Britain during the Second World War, the ensuing decades brought happiness to some and a much darker future to others. War Brides draws on archival documents, personal correspondence, and key first-hand accounts to tell the story of the War Brides in their own words. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Melynda Jarratt(Author)
  • Tempus Publishing Ltd (June 1, 2007)
  • English
  • 3
  • Biographies & Memoirs

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  • By Pat on March 30, 2017

    I enjoyed the book very much. I liked the format in which it was written, several stories written by either the Bride herself or child of the Canadian War Bride. I've read quite a few books relating to American War Brides so it was very interesting to learn of the difference in their experiences in coming to America versus Canada. If your interested in this period of history you'll truly enjoy this collection of stories.

  • By Guest on May 7, 2014

    A part of history I had not considered. Would have liked to had pictures to put names to faces. Would recommend to anyone interested in WWII.

  • By Joan M. Poole on March 14, 2014

    I only read a small part of this book, so possibly my review isn't the best one to go by. I found it repetitive and decided there was too many other books that I REALLY WANTED TO READ and didn't want to waste any more time on a book to see if it got better. I didn't buy this book--it was from my library and has been returned. There is another book titled War Brides by Helen Bryan that may prove to be much better. Again look at other reviews since maybe mine isn't the best.

  • By Maude on August 23, 2009

    I think this books provides a very good overview of the Canadian War Bride experience. In addition to telling the romantic and dramatic - sometimes happy and sometimes sad - stories of the war brides and their children and families, it outlines well how the geographic and linguistic areas in which each war bride settled influenced the individual's experience. I enjoyed reading about how the women came to the decisions to change their lives so radically and how their lives turned out - sometimes better, sometimes worse than they expected but I think always different. It is a book about women who had - or had to have - a lot of courage, and I found it inspiring. I also found it interesting to read about the women whose mothers joined them from the UK. Even though I have read a lot of war bride books, I don't think I have read about that before. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in war brides and the experience of moving to another country and/or marrying someone from another country/culture. The book provides both an overview and personal experiences. It tells many touching stories, and they are told by a writer who I feel cares about the women.

  • By Dolores Hatch on December 17, 2012

    War Brides by Melynda Jarratt has been well-received and appreciated by war brides (women who married Canadian servicemen during WWll), and by their families and friends. Readers unfamiliar with this exceptional group of thousands of women with their individual backgrounds, personalities, and experiences will discover that they have made a colorful and significant contibution to the fabric of Canada. It was a pleasure and a privilege to first come to know some of them during 2005, the Year of the War Bride. The stories and photos that Ms. Jarrett includes make this book fine reading.

  • By teri on November 8, 2016

    Interesting but a "dry" read

  • By KT on November 25, 2013

    This was a great read. I enjoy historical books and this is a good one. The lives of these ordinary women and soldiers are recorded with the real endings-some happy , others sad. I enjoyed getting to know these people.

  • By Kindle Customer on March 3, 2014

    The stories were all so interesting and from a personal point of view. This was an interesting read. I had no idea that history could be told in such an amusiing and entertaining way.


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