World War II is over, but for three Australian women on their way to new lives and new husbands in America, things are just beginning. Young, idealistic, and eager to live the American dream, Sheila, Dawn, and Gaynor travel by ocean liner to join the soldiers they swore to love when peacetime seemed like a lifetime away. But the world that awaits them on the other shore will challenge their illusions and their love, and force them to summon courage and strength they never knew they had. Lois Battle's ear for dialogue and eye for detail bring characters and places to life as few authors can. Rich with the vibrant language and heady atmosphere of postwar America, War Brides captures the look and feel of one of this country's most memorable eras. But in her portrayal of three women coming face to face with the sometimes harsh and often joyful realities of marriage in a new land, Battle--herself the daughter of an Australian war bride--offers a timeless, universal story that will satisfy and entertain readers of every age.
- Paperback | 437 pages
- 130 x 196 x 23mm | 318g
- 27 Nov 2012
- Penguin Books
- New York, United States
"Outstanding . . . wonderfully warm . . . Battle is a gifted writer whose novels deserve acclaim." -- Baton Rouge Magazine "A superb old-fashioned novel." -- Los Angeles Herald-Examiner "A compelling novel . . . entirely riveting." -- Richmond Times-Dispatch "The characters are memorable, the settings believable, and the reading effortless. War Brides is a book that will interest you up to the last page, the last paragraph, even the last line." -- South Bend Tribune "A good, old-fashioned read." -- Charleston Evening Post "Satisfying and readable." -- Anniston Star "An arresting novel . . . Battle's characters are alive and believable. [Battle has] a skillful touch." -- The San Diego Union-Tribune
About Lois Battle
Lois Battle's seven novels include Bed and Breakfast, Storyville, War Brides, and A Habit of the Blood, (all Penguin). She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina.