I absolutely loved this book, and anyone who loves animals will immediately identify with Clare and her childhood adventures.
Structuring the novel in such an innovative way- with each chapter
devoted to a beloved horse or dog and her life at the time of their
existence- makes a refreshing change from the traditional celebrity
autobiography. Clare herself is a very talented writer; I loved little
Clare as much as my favourite fictional characters, in fact she would
make the perfect stubborn and hay-strewn heroine in a children's novel!
Be warned that the book is an emotional rollercoaster, I was literally
laughing one minute and crying the next, and it is clear from Clare's
adorable descriptions of her animals just how much she loved them.
have been lucky enough to have been surrounded by many wonderful animals
in my life thus far, and this book made me reflect and remember them.
It is a book worth taking your time over; I often find it difficult to
get through autobiographies as quickly as fiction and this was no
exception, although each chapter is an adventure in itself. I would
perhaps liked to have read more about grown up Clare, but she has left
plenty of scope for a sequel.
5/5 stars: A heartwarming read
about a little girl and her beloved animals, and how they shaped her
into the inspirational woman that she is today.