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From the bestselling authors of The Sugar Girls, GI Brides weaves together the real-life stories of four women who crossed the ocean for love, providing a moving true tale of romance and resilience.

The “friendly invasion” of Britain by over a million American GIs caused a sensation among 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 GIs soon had the local girls queuing up for a date and the British boys off fighting abroad turning green with envy. But American soldiers offered something even more tantalizing than a ready supply of chocolate, chewing gum, and nylon stockings. Becoming a GI bride provided an escape route from Blitz-ravaged Britain, an opportunity for a whole new life in America—a country that was more affluent, more modern, and less class-ridden than home.

Some seventy thousand GI brides crossed the Atlantic at the end of the war to join the men who had captured their hearts—but the long voyage was just the beginning of a much bigger journey. Once there, the women would have to adapt to a foreign culture and a new way of life thousands of miles away from family and friends, with a man they hardly knew out of uniform. Some struggled with the isolation of life in rural America or found their heroic soldier was less appealing once he returned to Civvy Street. But most persevered, determined to turn their wartime romance into a lifelong love affair and prove to those back home that it really was possible to have a Hollywood ending.

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  • “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.”

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About the Author
Author 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.