War Brides by Melynda Jarratt
The Stories of the Women Who Left Everything Behind to Follow the Me

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For thousands of young British women, the arrival of a half-million Canadian soldiers in Britain during the Second World War meant throngs of handsome young men. The results were more than 48,000 marriages to Canadian soldiers alone and a mass immigration of British women to North America and around the world in the 1940s.

For many brides the decision to leave their families and home to move to a country thousands of miles away with men they hardly knew brought forth ensuing happiness. For others the outcome was much different, and the darker side of the story reveals the infidelity, domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism, and divorce that many lived through.

War Brides draws on original archival documents, personal correspondence, and key first-hand accounts to tell the amazing story of the War Brides in their own words - and shows the love, passion, tragedy, and spirit of adventure of thousands of British women.


About Melynda Jarratt

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Melynda Jarratt has researched the War Brides since 1987. She has contributed her expertise to History Television, Pier 21, Veterans Affairs, and the Parliamentary Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. She runs the authoritative website www.canadianwarbrides.com. Jarratt lives in Fredericton.
Published January 1, 2009 by Midpoint Trade Books Inc.
Genres: . Non-fiction

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