Mary Arden has written her book from a perspective that I've not read before; as a young woman whose life changes rather quickly from idyllic and innocent to the cold realities of WWII. Mary's memories are precise, descriptive and very well-written. Thanks to Mary and her editor for the great read!
by Barb from Canada
Entertaining and emotional. "A cracking good read!"
by Paul Maxwell
Mary Arden gives us a revealing insight into war life for a young woman in Britain at a desperate time of survival. There is tragedy here as well as drama and a bitter sweet finale. It's a light read that shows us the values that helped her and others 'carry on' under extraordinary circumstances, and details of daily living create a lasting impression of how to make the most with very little. A great read!
by Richard Darley
Interesting to hear another side of the war, what it was like as a person living life, not fighting or living in the thick of it but how it still impacted their lives on numerous levels. Brave Faces indeed, an inspiring woman.
A very readable account of a woman from a privileged background growing up fast during the second world war. Her parents insist Mary goes to finishing school and 'comes out' as a debutante even though London is being bombed and her mother is driving ambulances every day. When Mary breaks away she joins the Wrens where she meets people from all social classes and begins a different aspect of her education. Her openness to all experiences and willingness to accept people as they are makes this a lovely read.
Best book I have read in ages, very interesting to read such a personal account in to life in the war and is a privilege to learn more about this wonderful lady.
by Alun J Sands
Fabulous book, left me wanting to know more about this amazing woman and all the people in the book. Would encourage everyone to read it.
Really interesting and unique! What happens next?
by Toby Albu
Amazing and touching story.
by Tim R
This is a wonderful book, full of passion and detail. Mary may be naive, but she is brave, resouceful, amusing and entertaining. Favourite read for a long time and highly recommended.
by Paul Maxwell