GI Brides

The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi

On Sale: 09/02/2014

GI Brides

The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

by Duncan Barrett, Nuala Calvi

On Sale: 09/02/2014


About the Book

For readers enchanted by the bestsellers The Astronaut Wives Club, The Girls of Atomic City, and Summer at Tiffany’s, an absorbing tale of romance and resilience—the true story of four British women who crossed the Atlantic for love, coming to America at the end of World War II to make a new life with the American servicemen they married.

The “friendly invasion” of Britain by over a million American G.I.s bewitched a generation of young women deprived of male company during the Second World War. With their exotic accents, smart uniforms, and aura of Hollywood glamour, the G.I.s easily conquered their hearts, leaving British boys fighting abroad green with envy. But for girls like Sylvia, Margaret, Gwendolyn, and even the skeptical Rae, American soldiers offered something even more tantalizing than chocolate, chewing gum, and nylon stockings: an escape route from Blitz-ravaged Britain, an opportunity for a new life in affluent, modern America.

Through the stories of these four women, G.I. Brides illuminates the experiences of war brides who found themselves in a foreign culture thousands of miles away from family and friends, with men they hardly knew. Some struggled with the isolation of life in rural America, or found their soldier less than heroic in civilian life. But most persevered, determined to turn their wartime romance into a lifelong love affair, and prove to those back home that a Hollywood ending of their own was possible.

G.I. Brides includes an eight-pages insert that features 45-black-and-white photos.

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Critical Praise

“Beautifully rounded portraits … delightful and touching.” - Daily Mail (London)

“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.” - The Londonist

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. - Jacqueline Winspear, New York Times Bestselling Author

“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.” - Erika Robuck, bestselling author of FALLEN BEAUTY

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 - Marjorie Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Summer at Tiffany

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. - Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062328052
  • ISBN 10: 0062328050
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 09/02/2014
  • Pages: 592
  • List Price:18.50 CAD
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / 20th Century

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