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Publisher's Summary

Love. Betrayal. New Beginnings.

A young English war bride makes a new life in Australia in this romantic story set on the stunning coast of Sydney, by the author of The Soldier's Wife.

January 1920. Young Englishwoman Margaret Dalton is full of excitement as she arrives to begin a new life in the warm, golden land of Australia. She leaves behind the horrors of WWI and can't wait to see her husband, Frank, after two years' separation. But when Margaret's ship docks, Frank isn't there to greet her, and Margaret is informed that he already has a wife....

Devastated, Margaret must swap her hopes and dreams for the reality of living and working in a strange new city. And just as a growing friendship with army sergeant Tom McBride gives her a steady person to rely on, news arrives that Frank may not have abandoned her. Where should Margaret's loyalties lie: with the old life or with the new?

Inspired by the true stories of war wives who arrived in Australia, The War Bride is a gorgeously romantic story by the author of The Soldier's Wife.

Biographical notes: Pamela is an award-winning author for adults and children. She has a doctorate of creative arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. Under the name Pamela Freeman, she wrote the historical novel The Black Dress, which won the NSW Premier's History Prize for 2006. Pamela is also well known for her fantasy novels for adults, published by Orbit worldwide; the Castings Trilogy; and her Aurealis Award-winning novel Ember and Ash. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son and teaches at the Australian Writers' Centre. The War Bride is her 29th book and follows The Soldier's Wife

©2016 Pamela Hart (P)2016 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Inspired by the author's family history, this story will have you captivated from the very beginning to its compelling conclusion." ( Adelaide Matters)

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  • Marie Fuller
  • 08-17-17

Can't wait to hear what happens next!

Where does The War Bride rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The War Bride ranks up among the top stories that I've read.
Would love to see it in a movie form too.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that I was always eager to hear what would happen next !

What does Edwina Wren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her narration is very good. I really enjoyed how she 'personalised' each character with the change in her tone for each ones voice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, there were moments of different emotions - laugh, cry, anger too.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure that readers will enjoy the War Bride as much as I have.

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  • Jennifer2
  • 04-08-17

Could have been OK.

A boring book. The start is pretty good, with interesting aspects about Australia post WW1.
It had good story potential, although the character's thoughts and actions were quite repetitive.
About one third into the book, it became a cheapish sex romance. That's when I'd had enough and returned it. A shame really.

The narration is really good.

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  • Janet
  • 06-17-16

A lovely period story, beautiful narration

This novel explores the contrast of doing what is right by social mores or what is right for your own values. Lovely portrayal of time period.

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  • Kylie
  • 04-27-16

Enjoyable escapism

Thoroughly enjoyed. Also one of my litmus tests for a great voice is how a Scottish accent is handled...was seamless here- really great voice. Story was nice although a tiny bit twee at times and everything always worked out so perfectly. Having said that was always interested to hear what happened next and did enjoy the descriptions of Australia! Overall enjoyable escape for those long drives to work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-16

great read

The story moved slong quickly and you felt apart of their lives, the emotions and struggles as they dealt with the expectations of society in those days. I would highly recommend this book.