A War Bride's Memoirs
Audrey recalls her childhood in London between the two World Wars, painting a picture of English life at that time. World War 2 comes, turning life upside down and she writes extensively about the difficulties and uncertainties. After dating an American serviceman, they marry and after the war, with 400 other war brides, she sails to America, reuniting with her husband, Jake, in Washington State. More
My Mother, Audrey Brown, kept journals and later wrote down her memoirs. Aside from the fact that she is a very good writer, the circumstances make for an interesting story and a good read. Born right after the end of World War 1, she spent her childhood in a London not fully recovered from war and with little time to breathe, sensing another on its way. Without intending to give a comprehensive picture of life in London at the time, she succeeds in painting a picture of what it must have been and felt like. The war comes and Audrey describes life in a country under attack. During the war she meets an American serviceman, Jake Brown, who she marries. After the war, having not seen her husband for almost a year, leaving her family and friends behind, Audrey sailed with 400 other war brides to America. First impressions of America, traveling by train to the West Coast, a reunion with her husband, and settling into life in Washington State finish out her memoirs.
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