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
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