You know how you so enjoy a book that all you can do is shake your head and exclaim silly statements like, "Oh my gosh!" Well this is one of those books.
Stanley's father is flat-out pissed at the world, grieving the loss of his wife as well as his eldest son's transport to WW1. Stanley receives the brutality of Da's emotional state in a multitude of unfair ways. Life gets too ugly, Stanley signs up to train dogs for Messenger Dog Service through the War Dog School for the British Army. He is a gifted trainer, training a giant brute of a dog who will do anything for him. After an experience in France near the front, he is back at training school working with another dog. The dog obviously traumatized, Stanley reluctantly accepts working with the dog. I can't tell you anymore; I refuse to spoil any of the storytelling art that Angus leavens into this brilliant story.
Sam Angus has catapulted to one of my favorite authors with this read. Her historical researching offers critical, rare details into a world I never knew existed. The ways she weaves Stanley's family together artistic. The best part is the relationship she crafts between Stanley and the dogs....wow!!!! Treasured!!