Blackouts to Bright Lights: Canadian War Bride Stories by Barbara Ladouceur, Phyllis Spence

By Barbara Ladouceur, Phyllis Spence

During this best-seller, thirty-six Canadian battle brides recount their early lives, their involvement in wartime tasks, the magical/funny moments after they met their Canadian husbands-to-be and their trips from Britain to Canada. The tales exhibit braveness and humour: features that carried the conflict brides throughout the tough warfare years and that give a contribution to energetic studying this day.

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