GI Brides

GI Brides

The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

Book - 2014
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"Worn down by years of war and hardship, girls like Sylvia, Margaret, and Gwendolyn were thrilled when American GI's arrived in Britain with their exotic accents, handsome uniforms and aura of Hollywood glamor. Others, like Rae, who distrusted the Yanks, were eventually won over by their easy charm. So when VE Day finally came, for the 70,000 women who'd become GI brides, it was tinged with sadness--it meant leaving their homeland behind to follow their husbands across the Atlantic. And the long voyage was just the beginning of an even bigger journey. Adapting to a new culture thousands of miles from home, often with a man they barely knew, was difficult-but these women survived the Blitz and could cope with anything. The sweeping, compelling, and moving true stories of four women who gave up everything and crossed an ocean for love"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: London : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062328052
Branch Call Number: 940.53 BAR NVD
Characteristics: 361, 14 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Calvi, Nuala
Alternative Title: G.I. brides


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HCL_staff_reviews Oct 27, 2017

This is the intriguing true story of four British young women who fell in love with American GIs stationed in Great Britain during World War II. Sylvia, Rae, Margaret, and Gwendolyn were among 70,000 British women who left their country and families to marry United States servicemen and move to the United States. Their resilience and courage in adjusting to unforeseen circumstances, new extended families, and American culture was remarkable. In an era of no email or cell phone, and costly airline fares, these women truly embarked on an unforgettable adventure with no turning back, and learned to adapt. You will be moved as you follow each of them to Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and California and experience their new lives in America. — Sharon R., Ridgedale Library

Aug 16, 2017

Thousands of British women fell in love during the turbulent and dangerous years of WWII. In this title, we follow the story of four war brides as they struggle to adjust to a new country and re-kindled relationships after the war. The stories are certainly informative and interesting but unfortunately not happy ones.

Mar 16, 2017

I received this as a Goodreads 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't seen in quite some time. A lot of these women went back to America to a life they never imagined. Some good but a lot not so good. This book is written by a granddaughter of one of the women featured. I am fascinated with everything to do with WWII and this is yet another side I didn't really know much about. I knew a lot of British women married and moved to America but I didn't know much about their lives. This book is so beautifully written and makes you fall in love with these women. Some of them I was saddened to see what their husbands became and others I was so happy they ended up with a good guy. I recommend this book if you want to know a little bit about what happened during WWII. I wanted to read the book instead of work. It was hard to go back to work after my lunch hour was over.

Jan 18, 2017

This book tells about 5 British women who marry American GI's during or right after WWII. It tells about their lives as the war starts, about their courtship with not just the man who would become their husband, but about dating other American GI's also. It then follows their marriages and their journey to America to join their husbands. As you can probably guess, some of these marriages work out good, some not so good and one really, really bad! I was amazed at how much these young women had to endure or accept. Even, of course, getting used to a new country. I guess I never thought about how ingrained our own ways of doing things are within us. And remember, this was back in the 1940's....not a "global" environment like now. I did so much enjoy these true stories. Some of them though, brought tears to my eyes. My only complaint, a very, very small one, is the stories are told in individual chapters. I mean, the first 5 is dedicated to each woman and tells about the "beginning", when the war started, when the American's arrived etc. Then the next 5 chapters, one dedicated to each woman, continues their stories. I got tired of this and by the third set of chapters, I just took one woman and went through the book reading only her chapters until I finished her story. Each chapter had the name of the woman it was about. So I went through finding and reading all the "Gwendolyn" chapters, then all the "Sylvia" chapters etc. This book was very, very interesting. And by the way, one of the authors of the book is the Granddaughter of one of the women in the book.

Jul 22, 2015

Book introduces us to young British women whose work puts them in the path of American servicemen during World War II and leads to romance.
Four women are followed in chapters that lead us to marriage, their journeys to the States and the lives they have once here. Interesting stories; one woman was author Nuala Calvi's grandmother. My lasting impression will be how young they all were!

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