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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Mabel of the Anzacs: A Multi-generational Friendship For The Ages by Mary D. Brooks is a fiction story of the relationship and friendship between two women from different generations. Mabel of the Anzacs takes us through many decades and many different time periods through the perspectives of two women. The story kicks off when we meet Zoe, a bubbly young girl enthusiastically riding her bike around town. As we learn a bit more about Zoe and her background, soon we are also introduced to an older, short, somewhat cranky woman named Mabel who has had firsthand experience during World War I of death and destruction while working as a nurse. Although these two women, separated by an age gap spanning several decades, are initially at loggerheads with each other, slowly but surely a bond forms between them that strengthens into a solid friendship based on shared perspectives and experiences.
Mabel of the Anzacs is a very interesting story and quite unique in the way it is developed. This is a story mostly about women without any primary male character and I loved that. Indeed, the supporting cast is also mostly women and they complement the story well. Both of these women have been portrayed as independent, strong, and with a will of their own, but those are precisely the qualities that ultimately form the bond in their friendship as they develop a mutual respect and love for each other. There are lot of war experiences and history narrated in this book through the perspectives of these women and so the overall content is rich, historical, while also being entertaining at the same time. This is a great book that I would recommend.