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A Bridge Across the Ocean
by Susan Meissner

PBR Review There are many great things about this book. Itís a feel good story, and I loved the clean, fresh writing style. The characters are believable, and the author seamlessly weaves layers of intrigue into the story. There are three main characters, three very different women that share a few common traits; they are strong, which allows them to be brave and they are tenacious which means they persevere. I should mention, the story has ghosts; and while not my favorite part of the book, Iím glad I didnít let this keep me from reading the story. They are not the scary kind but simply a unique way to create a bridge to the past. In fact, it makes for some interesting reading if you can suspend belief.

I read a lot of historical fiction, and this is the first Iíve read anything in depth about the foreign war brides and their struggles. These were women, who after marrying American soldiers, were separated from them and had to wait until the end of the war, often encountering long delays because of paperwork and red tape before they could enter America and be with their husbands. Many suffered traumatic events during the war. Many had small children to care for. Recommend this compelling story.Back.
Talking Points: This is a book about the horrors of World War II. There is much bravery presented in this book; the war brides, the men fighting, the resistance fighters. It also makes you realize how hard it is to give up everything you know, take a chance and make a new life for yourself, in a strange country.
PBR Reader Comments:
This is a story that highlights the courage of the war brides, women who married American soldiers during World War II. They endured a lot; traumas during the war and also obstacles after the war while they waited for permission to enter America and be with their husbands. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/07/23, 08:27 PM

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