A light beyond the trenches.
Publication year: 2022
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Rearsby: Lamplight Large Print Books, 2022.
ISBN: 9781004081448 (pbk.): £20.50.
April 1916. Hope, is in short supply. Anna Zeller, whose fiance, Bruno, is fighting on the western front, works as a nurse at an overcrowded hospital in Oldenburg, trying to comfort men broken in body and spirit. But during a visit from Dr. Stalling, the director of the Red Cross Ambulance Dogs Association, she witnesses a rare spark of optimism: as a German shepherd guides a battle-blinded soldier over a garden path, Dr. Stalling is inspired with an idea - to train dogs as companions for sightless veterans. Anna convinces Dr. Stalling to let her work at his new guide dog training school. Some of the dogs that arrive are themselves veterans of war, including Nia, a German shepherd with trench-damaged paws. Anna brings Nia home and secretly tends and trains her, convinced she may yet be the perfect Guide dog.
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507 pages (large print).