Book Review: GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

Share Button

About:
GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi is a non-fiction book following the lives of several British women who married American soldiers during World War II and followed their husbands stateside. Author Nuala Calvi is the granddaughter of one of the ladies (Margaret) which the book centers around.

The pub­lisher is giv­ing away one copy of this book –to enter fill out the Raf­fle­copt­ter form at the end of the post.

  • 592 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062328050

Book Review GI Brides by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi

My rat­ing for GI Brides 4

Buy this book from in paper or elec­tronic format*

More Rec­om­mended World War II books on Man of la BookStore

Thought:
GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love by Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi is not a romance, nor does it provide a happy-ending scenario, quite the opposite, the book describes the trials and tribulations of the women who left behind family and everything familiar to follow their husbands.

The story is told through the eyes of the woman who lived it, while it took around the same time, each one had an individual and unique experience. While the synopsis might sound like a fairytale (falling in love, crossing the ocean, etc.) the reality was much harsher and difficult.

The book includes pictures of the women and their families, which I referenced often and really helped me visualize who’s who during the reading. While some of the book can be an engrossing fictional novel, it is real as it comes and some of the stories are heart wrenching.

This is a great book for anyone interested in the period or the subject. One can learn a lot from what the women had to sacrifice and the great struggles they faced, sometimes living a nightmare.

Synopsis:
The book follows the lives of four women, Margaret, Gwendolyn, Rae and Sylvia from the outset of World War II to current day. The authors tell of how they met their husbands and their experiences in a strange, new land.

Buy this book from in paper or elec­tronic format*

More Rec­om­mended World War II books on Man of la BookStore

Give­away

  • Give­away ends: October 22, 2014

  • US/Canada Ship­ping Addresses Only

  • No PO Boxes

  • Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked

Congratulations: Name as Email

Zohar — Man of la Book
Dis­claimer: I got this book for free from TLC Book Tours.
*Ama­zon links point to an affil­i­ate account

Share Button

Enjoy this post? Why don't you sign up for the RSS feed