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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Jojo Moyes' Ship of Brides....

Let me say it at the very beginning, I wanted something more from the book. I have been urged by numerious friends to read a Jojo Moyes. They are devoted to her as are thousands of other readers. So when his book became available through Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I was disappointed. The story of a ship of war brides, based upon historical fact, is an interesting idea. I did not find it presented in an interesting way. The problem for me was that the characters were not fleshed out enough. For about 3/4's of the way through the book, I really didn't care what happened to any of them. Finally, and a reader should not have to wait this long, I began to care, somewhat, about two of the characters, Margaret and Frances. Frances moreso than Margaret for I thought Margaret's outcome was exactly as expected. Frances' outcome posed more suspense.

I feel that I cared more for Frances, for as the novel progressed, she was the character who developed into someone more than the original single diminsion character who was first presented. The others did not. She became real and interesting.  The other main characters did not. There were several secondary characters and they, too, needed more substance.

I enjoy WWII history and was looking forward to this book. It did not live up to hopes.

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