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

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 BritainFor 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 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.
GI Brides The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love 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 w

  • Title: GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love
  • Author: Duncan Barrett Nuala Calvi
  • ISBN: 9780062328052
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. The subtitle of GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi is: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love.Over one million American GI's 'invaded' England during the Second World War . And by the end of the war, over 70,000 women had married American servicemen and headed to the United States to start a new chapter in their lives. Barrett and Calvi's book documents the lives of four of these women - Sylvia, Gwendolyn, Rae and Margaret, from the early days of the war, to meeting their h [...]

    2. Very interesting book about 4 English women who help with the war effort during WW-II, meet American soldiers and become war brides.

    3. "The US Army was not keen on its soldiers marrying while on duty abroad, and the process of obtaining permission to wed was an elaborate one. A commanding officer had to approve the application, and write a letter to the civil or church authority who would conduct the marriage, having interviewed the GI in question. The potential bride was also subject to questioning, usually by an army chaplain, and was required to provide character references. The Army did its best to dissuade prospective brid [...]

    4. Because the book is setup in such a way that it follows a mostly linear timeline for multiple women it was hard in the beginning to follow and keep track of which bride was being discussed however I found this to be an interesting look at what a few of the women who married us military men abroad in WWII went through.

    5. Find my full review at aliteraryvacation.I just love WWII history! There is such an amalgamation of beauty and romance, horror and desolation that I seem to be transfixed with these stories no matter what angle they take. In GI Brides we get another interesting angle (and one I haven't read yet): that of the English women who fell in love with the American men that flooded their shores and that left behind everything to follow these men to a country they knew so little about. What makes this sto [...]

    6. Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.My interest in GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi was inspired by my paternal grandmother. She passed away while I was very young and while I've no memory her, I've often pondered her situation and the strength it must have taken to come to the United States with a child in one hand and a marriage certificate in the other. Her personal story is lost to me, but I'd hoped Barrett and [...]

    7. My mom passed me this book after she read it and I picked it up for something different than my usual fiction. I'm glad I did. These women's stories were engaging and inspiring. As a modern woman who gave birth recently this book made me very, very thankful I was not a woman giving birth in the 1940s! War is Hell and falling in love in the midst of war seems only natural. To cling to something tangible and hopeful is understandable. It's unfortunate that the love found during the heightened emot [...]

    8. This book concentrates on four young English women; Gwendolyn, Rae, Margaret and Sylvia, just four amongst the thousands that left Britain at the end of World War II to follow their new husbands home to the United States. The authors have carried out many many interviews and have put together a wonderfully informative, entertaining and poignant look at what life was really like for these women. Duncan Barrett's co-author; Nuala Calvi is the granddaughter of Margaret, which just makes her particu [...]

    9. Interesting stories, but ultimately a pretty depressing readME SPOILERS FOLLOW Brides explores the lives of four British women who marry American soldiers during World War II and emigrate to the United States. Their motivations vary, but all marry for love. Unfortunately, most will find their new life to be a difficult adjustment, followed by bitter disappointment. The men they marry aren't detailed, and we have little understanding of why they'd choose to bring home a war bride from another cou [...]

    10. I really wanted to love this book. I pre-ordered it and was very excited when it landed in my kindle. Unfortunately I found it a bit disappointing. I wanted to care about these women and root for their marriages to survive but I found I was only mildly engaged. It read more like four long entries, without any real depth or analysis. I also found the constant switching between stories to be irritating. Perhaps it's a symptom of the lightweight content that I struggled to recall previous informat [...]

    11. I got this book as a 99-cent Kindle special, and this book was definitely worth more than its purchase price. It's the story of four British women who married American GI's and came to the States as war brides. This is no fairy tale story of love blooming ass the bombs fall & then a happy ever afterwards in the golden land of America. Instead we see how very young girls fell for the romance of not only American GI's, but also the myth of America and how brutal the reality was for many of the [...]

    12. This is a very different WWII story. The true story is about four English women who meet, fell in love and finally married American soldiers. Their lives in America were challenging. Missing their families and friends, financial troubles, alcoholism, gambling, language and food differences, hostile in-laws, personal illnesses, and pregnancies are just some problems these women experienced. Despite these challenges, these women made lives for themselves that were fulfilling and productive. Their [...]

    13. Where are the stories of marriages that endured and were happy? I realize it was probably hard, but these all felt so depressing, surely there were more happy marriages to tell as well. I liked it, but I wanted to like it more.

    14. Found this by accident when I was looking for books by William Cross in my public library's ebooks. Based on the comments from other readers, I decided to read each "bride's" chapters all together. It made the stories cohesive and certainly less confusing. I did think most of them did fairly well by the end, so it wasn't as distressing as the reviews had indicated (at least to me).

    15. Great bookInteresting story of women who came to this country ascGI brides and their struggles and lives. Reportorial style writing kept me interested throughout.

    16. A non-fiction book about the war in England and the girls who married American GI’s. Quite an eye opener to what they endured.

    17. 3.5 stars.The book is written in a fairly simplistic fashion, but an engaging subject matter nevertheless. I liked how the authors chose to focus on four specific women instead of a general overview (although this also caused problems as mentioned in the latter part of this review). The reader becomes more invested in the individual stories while also being offered a diverse sample of the war brides experience in America. The last in regards to their husbands, not so much.By the end of the book, [...]

    18. In 1942, hundreds of thousands of American servicemen "invaded" England, once the United States entered World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But by then, British had been fighting for two years, and the country had been emptied of young men. Into the void stepped these exotic, carefree, charming and seemingly wealthy young Americans. British women were intoxicated with their presence and flattered by their attentions Brides tells the true stories of four of these women ‒ Margaret, S [...]

    19. When America entered WW 2, many soldiers were sent to England as a staging ground for attacks on the continent. With many British men already fighting in Europe (or wounded or dead), the influx of relatively well paid young GIs found a country full of young women willing to date them. With the threat of battle immanent, both men and women grabbed at happiness and married without knowing each other well at all. When the war ended and the GIs were sent home, their young brides went with them- on s [...]

    20. From the very beginning of the book, I felt that the third person narrative imposed a distance between me and the women in the stories. This got better as I went and got more engaged in the stories. In particular, the pictures in the middle and the conclusion both made me feel more connected to the women because they really brought home the fact that these were true stories.  There were also some very moving scenes throughout as all the women overcame incredible odds. Their stories would be fan [...]

    21. I received this as a giveaway so mine didn't have the photos that some people have talked about. I would love to see photos of these brave women who took a chance on the love they found with the U.S. GI's who they barely knew. When the U.S. soldiers were sent to England, England had already been in the war for two years and many of their young men were gone fighting. This left a lot of women to pick up the slack back home and left them time with the GI's who gave them gifts of goodies they hadn [...]

    22. After all, we're British, we can stand anything. I recently picked this up at my local library and it can only be summed up to be a real treasure that I almost passed upon. This book presents the story of four GI Brides -Sylvia, Rae, Margaret, and Gwendolyn(Lyn) and their lives during the war years, their courtships, and the new lives they made for themselves in postwar America. Each story was incredibly important and I thank these women for putting their stories out to the reading public. The m [...]

    23. I thought this book was very interesting, but I didn't love it. I enjoyed learning about the time period and what happened to the brides, but I struggled with the book structure and the lack of compassion with 90% of it's characters. I know it was supposed to be realistic and I applaud that, but with over 60,000 war brides, there had to be some stories with more compassion in them. The characters were interesting, mostly because they were real, with a few exceptions. The scenes and social issues [...]

    24. All of the war brides from WWII had a really difficult time adjusting to life in the US. Here the author follows four Englishwomen as they meet, marry, and follow their GIs here to the states. For many it had to be disappointing, but these four seem to have had an especially hard time. Buffett was able to get some frank information from his sources, as these are the stories of real people, not an amalgamation. It is fascinating to read, but also a bit disappointing. I wish he could have included [...]

    25. I fell in love with this book from the start. The four women in the book have all lived very interesting lives. They met American GIs who were stationed in England during WWII, married these men, and moved to the United States with their husbands. They all experienced tragedy and at times I had to remind myself that these are true stories. These women showed strength and courage during their hardships, during wartime and after, and I wish I could be half as strong as they are. I cannot say enoug [...]

    26. Really torn between giving this one 3 or 4 stars. Loved the women's stories and it was fascinating to hear what these women went through and how they adjusted to their new lives in their new country. It's impossible to imagine the mindset that these young women and their soldiers had while living through a war and just wanting to enjoy whatever life they had to enjoy.While I loved the stories I didn't love the writing style. It felt like something that had been written in first person and then s [...]

    27. This book was four stars for content, but I found the presentation a bit confusing. Each chapter rotates between four different women's experiences as a WWII war bride, I think there was a bit too much back and forth. Sometimes I confused events in people's stories. Other than that it was a fascinating look into the struggles of women who left home and country for love and an inspiring tale of perseverance against obstacles.

    28. Interesting to know 'What happened next' in the lives of the featured ladies and somewhat dissapointed in the main to find out that the majority of their experiences were a let down and not the 'Happy Ever After' we might have imagined. whilst I stuck with the book and was happy to return to it at each sitting I found the writing style to be more like that in a womans magazine article with a lot of facts but not a lot of raw emotion which was a suprise given the lives some ended up living.

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