What a fabulous author Beth is. I’ve loved all her Fat Dogs in France adventures, and now we get to learn about her childhood. What a privileged life she led. Not by living in a wealthy family with huge estates – none of her childhood homes were owned by the family – but by having loving parents, freedom to roam the Welsh countryside, learning to sail the fearsome Swellies, having animals to love, and the obligatory annoying elder sister. This book is peppered with historic facts and Welsh legends, but they’re woven into the story in such a clever way. I loved reading about Beth’s developing love for animals, which shines out so brightly in her other books, but she also has a deep appreciation for people, and describes their characters so well. It’s been a long wait for this book, but it’s definitely worth the wait. If you’ve loved Beth’s other books you will delight in this one. And if you haven’t read the Fat Dogs in France series, this is a perfect book to start enjoying Beth’s adventures. Do I recommend this book? Wholeheartedly. It’s fabulous.