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Guys, if you’re like me you get a bit skeptical of a book that has rave reviews but they’re all written by women. As I write this there are only two reviews for "Voyage of the Heart" that may have been written by men. Dana Jackson has a name like mine which may be interpreted as male or female, and "A" is obviously a sexless handle. For the record, "Loren", spelled like that, is a male name. Virtually all other spellings are female.
I realize that, political correctness to the contrary, women and men have different tastes in art of all kinds, including books. This book, however, should appeal to both sexes.
The synopsis is a bit misleading. I got the impression that virtually the entire book would be about the voyage and the friendships that developed among these four women. That’s not the case. Only the first third (more or less) of the book is about the voyage. The rest of the story covers how the women get on with their new husbands whom they married in wartime without really knowing the men at all. As you would expect, some of the marriages are working out really well while some are not so great, and that is the real meat of the story.
The book jumps from one woman to another, moving along pretty much chronologically. I found myself wondering during the middle of the book which woman was which. "Is this the one who has no family back in England or the one whose father promised to bring her home if it didn’t work out?" When I finally started paying more attention to the story it was easy to follow.
I listen to audiobooks while I am doing something else so I don’t want a story that’s too complicated. This book is almost, but not quite, too complicated for me. It would be fine for an automobile trip, but if I am cutting firewood, for example, the story sometimes requires a bit more computing power than my brain has for both tasks.
The story is about relationships, which I consider to be a characteristic of a chick book, but it isn’t the syrupy sweet, Hallmark Channel sort of story that turns some male readers (listeners) away. It’s not a simplistic story. There are realistic scenarios with realistic characters in them.
The narrator, Karen Peakes, reads the book as an American, but when the English women speak she does a great accent. Most of the English women sound alike, as do most of the men, but she was very easy to follow in spite of that.
I recommend this book, even for male listeners. It’s an interesting story with a bit of history with it and enough romance to keep everyone happy.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
Great story that demonstrates the risks involved with moving to a new country blindly and what can happen if that one person that you expect to protect you does not. They all made the trip with the best of intentions to work with their husbands to make a good life. The Madeline character was very fortunate to have befriended several "God sent" woman on the trip to America who probably saved hers and her daughter's lives.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
an interesting look at the difficulties experienced by Young British women who married GI's and travelled across the sea to start a new life.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Beautifully written story of UK war brides sailing to their GI husbands in USA and the lives they end up living: some good, some bad and some downright ugly lives are waiting for the young women who hoped their American husbands lived up to their romantic dreams. Superb novel with top class narration by Karen Peakes make this a must have book. Couldn't stop listening and wish there was a follow on book. Highly recommended!