GI Brides by Duncan Barrett audiobook

GI Brides: The Wartime Girls Who Crossed the Atlantic for Love

By Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi
Read by Tania Rodrigues

11.10 Hours 09/02/2014 Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Heartbreaking yet tender…Rich in historical detail and masterfully researched.” Marjorie Hart, New York Times bestselling author of Summer at Tiffany
“Beautifully rounded portraits…delightful and touching.” Daily Mail (London)
“The love stories of four British women who married American soldiers…The authors’ prose is saturated with details of life during and after the war, which brings readers into that era, when the chance to live in America meant a house of one’s own, modern conveniences, and affluence. For each of these four women, the American dream didn’t necessarily turn out to be glamorous…Alternating among the women, the authors bring to light the joys and sorrows of each woman.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Duncan Barrett

Author Bio: Duncan Barrett

Duncan Barrett and Nuala Calvi are the bestselling authors of The Sugar Girls, which chronicled the stories of young women working in Tate and Lyle’s factory in the East End of London. Duncan studied English at Cambridge and is a writer and editor, specializing in biography and memoir. As a journalist, Nuala has written for the London Times, Guardian, Independent, Express, BBC, CNN, and numerous Time Out guides.

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Author Bio: Nuala Calvi

Author Bio: Nuala Calvi

Nuala Calvi is the bestselling coauthor of The Sugar Girls, which chronicled the stories of young women working in Tate and Lyle’s factory in the East End of London. As a journalist, Nuala has written for the London Times, Guardian, Independent, Express, BBC, CNN, and numerous Time Out guides.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 11.10
Audience: Adult
Language: English