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By Jojo Moyes

Look out for Jojo’s new book, Paris for One and different Stories, coming October 18, 2016.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling writer of Me sooner than You, After You, and One Plus One, in an prior paintings to be had within the U.S. for the 1st time, a post-WWII tale of the conflict brides who crossed the seas by means of the hundreds of thousands to stand their unknown futures.

1946. global warfare II has ended and around the world, younger women are starting to satisfy the guarantees made to the lads they wed in wartime.

In Sydney, Australia, 4 girls subscribe to 650 different conflict brides on a rare voyage to England—aboard HMS Victoria, which nonetheless incorporates not only fingers and plane yet 1000 naval officials. ideas are strictly enforced, from the plane carrier’s captain right down to the lowliest younger deckhand. however the males and the brides will locate their lives intertwined regardless of the Navy’s ironclad sanctions. And for Frances Mackenzie, the complex younger girl whose earlier comes again to hang-out her faraway from domestic, the adventure will swap her lifestyles in methods she by no means can have predicted—forever.

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