War Brides by Helen Bryan deserves to be on the best seller list. Her profile can be found on Goodreads.
Helen Bryan writes an intriguing story of four women returning to a village in south England to celebrate the 50th anniversary of VE day. By necessity, the story flashes back to the beginning of World War II to tell how five young women arrived in Crowmarsh Priors. England is at war, with the Germans threatening to invade through the beaches outside of town. The story tells how these five young women mature and even thrive in the face of danger, rationing and hard work. In the process, each woman becomes a war bride.
Interesting though this may be, the purpose of the flashback is to set up the story of the reunion. Near the end of the war, one of the five women disappeared. When the four remaining war brides meet on the 50th anniversary of VE day, they appear to be renewing their friendships, but in reality these four women are combining resources to account for the missing woman.
The story is about five amazing women living with extreme adversity. They survive and overcome. At the reunion, the four surviving women use the same spunk to solve the mystery and avenge the death of their friend.
This is worth reading, especially if you are a member of the baby boom generation who’s parents could easily have been characters in this story.