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Subject: British War Brides WWII recs please
Date Posted: 1/15/2009 4:24 AM ET
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My grandma married my grandpa in England during WWII then came over later to the US(pregnant of course!) but I never got to hear much of that story since they were divorced and she had remarried..I remember bits and pieces but several years ago there was an article in the paper about the war brides and I'd like to read more. I'm not big on history so something with maybe some pictures or a good storyteller that sorta sucks the reader into the story. I know she worked for the red cross or some type of orgization and mentioned once testing for bombs and hearing the aircraft going overhead. I'd like to read more about this time period with some insight into the women - why they married, what their lives were like before and after, fears, dreams, successes, failures...

thanks to any who can help!

Date Posted: 1/15/2009 8:46 AM ET
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I know there is a book titled "War Brides" by Lois Battle, but I'm not sure it it's set in Britain or about British women. I'd think you could still gain some insight from it.

Here's another one - "War Brides" by Helen Bryan - http://www.amazon.co.uk/War-Brides-Helen-Bryan/dp/0141027126

The Story of A Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer is probably even further from what you want, but it's about a woman who meets her husband during the war, marries him after, and then realizes she didn't really know him.

If you do a search for "war Brides" at Amazon and then narrow the results by "books" only, you'll get a list of non-fiction and memoirs.

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Date Posted: 1/15/2009 9:26 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/24/2009 9:04 PM ET
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War Brides by Battle is about Aussie war brides -- it has been my least favorite of her books which I've read to date. :)

Date Posted: 6/10/2009 6:32 PM ET
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Nonfiction, but War Brides of World War II by Elfrieda Berthiaume Shukert and Barbara Smith Scibetta is very readable-- tons of interviews and personal stories. In fiction, I have been enjoying Elizabeth Howard's Cazalet Chronicles (four books)-- they begin just before World War II and while war brides are not the focus, one of the characters does end up becoming a war bride.