"If you love animals in general, dogs in particular, and good stories about them, you will rejoice in Sheila Burnford's novel "Bel Ria"...The scenes of war, both on land and sea, are as beautifully done as the rest, with a considerable cast of appealing human characters also. There is a special poignancy to animals in wartime, particularly those not involved in military uses, that not only makes us vibrate to them but points up the human folly, tragedy, and gallantry...With unerring touch, Mrs. Burnford draws the threads of people and animals together in resolution, by instinct as sound as that which once guided Homer in such a matter. "Bel Ria" is a magical story; Mrs. Burnford has benevolent witchery."-"The Wall Street Journal
""The "Bel Ria" can't help but become another classic...Sheila Burnford has written a beautiful, moving story, woven from many fine threads. I can't recommend it highly enough for readers from 12 to 90."
-"The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A magical, enchanting tale."-"Cosmo Magazine"
"The reader will...long remember the little dog dancing to bells and flute, responding to cryptic signals from the cryptic old crone, straining mind and body to earn the cryptic reward of love."-"The Washington Post
"The author's descriptions of war are consistently sharp and the texture of her prose is life-like in the extreme."-"The Christian Science Monitor"show more