Penny On Parade ~ A Review




I rarely review nonfiction stories. I’m not exactly sure why because I love to read about history, and I’m glad I was given the chance to read Penny on Parade by Penny Taylor and Gill McKnight.

This is a biographical story about an important time in Penny Taylor’s life. Many of the names and some places have been changed for anonymity, but the events in the tale are true. The story takes place in 1971 in England. Penny is eighteen, just out of school and has just lost her best friend in an accident. The best friend was also someone she had special feelings for, but this is 1971 and those feelings were not something she could reveal or discuss with anyone. She decides to join the army to get away from home, and heads off to camp for six weeks of training. There she finds friends, family, and a whole new world just waiting for her.

I truly enjoyed this book. The story is an easy read. There are lots of highs and lows, and you feel everything Penny is experiencing. We see everything through Penny’s eyes since the story is told in first person POV. To me it was like sitting down for a chat with Penny, and listening to her tell about this time in her life. That’s a really good feeling to have when you read a book like this. It shows the excellent writing skills of the authors.

I want to mention the story does not have a real ending. That often happens when you’re reading a true story. Real life does not always give you a finished ending like most fiction books do, and that is true here. Even without the ending most readers might be accustomed to though, I can easily recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good realistic story.

You can find this book at your local Amazon.

I received an ARC from Dirt Road Books for an honest review.


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