GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed The Atlantic For Love by Duncan BarrettGI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed The Atlantic For Love by Duncan Barrett

GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed The Atlantic For Love

byDuncan Barrett

Paperback | September 2, 2014

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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.

Duncan Barrett & Nuala Calvi are the bestselling authors ofGI BridesandThe Sugar Girls. Duncan studied English at Cambridge and now works as a writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir. Nuala is a writer and journalist. She trained at London College of Printing and has written forThe Times,The Independent, the BBC, CNN, a...
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Title:GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed The Atlantic For LoveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.89 inPublished:September 2, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062328050

ISBN - 13:9780062328052

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from I do...two little words that change a lifetime! An interesting read highlighting happy times and difficult times when the world was at war and life afterwards. It also brings about a cultural awareness of the differences between British and American that some may have been insensitive to before. The young women developed fortitude and strength of character. I would have preferred reading each woman's story in its entirety rather than each story interrupted several tines. However, the value of their stories was not lost.
Date published: 2015-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from War Brides Terrific reading....Opens our eyes to the hardships the War Brides went through...I salute these wonderful women...I have met so many of them in our hometown at the Royal Canadian Legion ...thank you for writing this book!!!!
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GI Brides A well written open book with an honest look inside their lives, not all glamorous and fun. I felt a sadness for how these girls were taken in during these dreadful times.
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Was okay Thought the writing was very amatureish, stories were interesting enough, did have good flow in the story telling.
Date published: 2015-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GI Brides An interesting look into the lives of 4 war brides, hoping for love, each with their own challenges.
Date published: 2015-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from True life that reads like fiction 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 husbands and finally their experiences over the pond. The narrative rotates through each woman's story in alternating chapters. It's absolutely fascinating reading and I was hard pressed to put it down. The time period is explored and relived through each woman's memories. Historical references are made to actual events and attitudes of the time, but the focus of GI Brides is personal and intimate. Although falling in love with a dashing young military man and crossing the ocean to a new country had the feeling of a romantic fairy tale, what these women actually experienced was not. Now, this was not necessarily the case for all GI Brides. The authors do mention that they "needed stories that really stood out - where the women had faced adversity and grown as a result." There are over forty pictures included in the book, that I found myself looking at almost every time I finished a chapter - gazing at a black and white photo of years gone by and contemplating the direction their lives took. I am captured by memoirs - even more so in this case. These women persevered and soldiered on - "We're British, we can stand anything. Those simple words brought great solace and support to a group of women building lives far from family and home." It was only while reading the authors' notes at the end of the book that I discovered that Nuala Calvi is the granddaughter of Margaret, lending a very personal note to the book. GI Brides reads almost like fiction - anyone enjoying this time period and a look at real lives lived would absolutely enjoy this book
Date published: 2014-09-26

Editorial Reviews

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.