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The Vets at Hope Green Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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"A gentle tale, in a lovely setting, a thoroughly enjoyable read" (Katie Fforde)
"such a heartwarming and engaging story, with a wonderful setting in Hope Green ... It’s a charming and heartwarming book, that will bring a smile to every reader’s face." (Cressida McLaughlin author of The Canal Boat Cafe)
"A charming read. Made me want to move to the country and buy a cottage with roses around the door" (Sarah Morgan)
"It was a truly lovely read with delightful characters, both human and animal and I'm dying to know what happens next to Joe, Sam and their family and menagerie." (Phillippa Ashley)
"I adored this book! I fell in love with the sleepy little village of Hope Green and all the characters in it. Just as I found myself smiling in a complete state of delight, something would happen that would send me frantically page-turning to find out more. Perfect pace, beautiful descriptions, and fantastic characters. 5 warm and fuzzy stars!" (Jenny Hale)
"An uplifting read, full of warmth and wonderful characters; four-legged and human!" (Daisy James author of The Runaway Bridesmaid)
"Anyone dreaming of escaping to a rural life is going to love this. Pups, paw prints and piglets! A purr-fect curl-up read for country lovers!" (Jane Linfoot author of The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea)
A warm and charming animal novel, from the author of Oliver the Cat Who Saved Christmas
Perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Cathy Woodman and Rachel Wells
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This really was an all-round lovely book which had me smiling all the way through. If I’d read each of the novellas separately I know I would have been driven mad waiting for the next one to be published as its one of those heart-warming reads you’re going to struggle not to read in one sitting. This is perfect summer reading and that’s exactly what I made of it as I sat out in the garden on a very sunny day reading this book from the front cover to the back.
Hope Green was a really idealistic setting, picture perfect, and the whole place comes to life with the author’s description of the place and the people we meet. There’s the typical village representation of everybody knowing each other’s business, which was in total contrast compared to Sam’s life in London where most people on her own street didn’t know her name. I loved how nothing really ever escaped anyone in Hope Green. The second something happens, everybody else seems to know about it and though at times they do come across as quite nosy, the close-knit community also brought about many friendships and it seemed to me as a much more appealing place to live than London.
Sam is an easy to like character. She has quite a lot of things to face up to, as we discover early on in the book, and this kept me interested in her story and I liked the heart and the fight she showed. Another character who intrigued me was the new village vet Joe. I have tired a bit of grumpy male leads but I was fascinated by him and why he came across as rude when around people but yet seemed the complete opposite around animals. The author develops his character nicely and my opinion did change on him throughout, but I’m still not fully convinced about him even now I’ve finished the book.
Whilst the author really draws upon the setting beautifully, one thing which I preferred even more was all the animals! I was hoping for lots of mentions of them since this is a book set in a veterinary practise, but in some books the romance can take over. Here though there are lots of animals and they are all really cute and had me pet-broody all over again. I loved Peggy’s dog Rufus, though his poor health did upset me at times. Poor Rufus. And then there were all the other animals that came into the surgery who had their own little story and personally I wanted to take them all home and keep them because they were all lovely.
As this book was written in four smaller parts, the pacing of the story is quite fast which kept the story fresh and interesting. It’s not particularly unpredictable but that didn’t matter one bit as it is feel-good and uplifting and that was all I was hoping for. There are a few mini cliff-hangers and twists throughout which kept me turning the pages quickly, eager to know what was to come. All in all I found The Vets at Hope Green to be a joy to read, and I am thrilled to have discovered a new-to-me author whose books I’m sure I’m going to love.
When vet’s receptionist Sam is given the chance to escape London for a better life in Dorset, she grabs it with both hands. After all, who wouldn’t want to shoot for their dream of a cosy cottage in the country with roses round the door and a garden for the dog?
But things don’t always go to plan. When Sam meets local vet, Joe Bradley, she's surprised at his grumpy, grouch attitude and the way he seems more attuned to his animal patients than to the humans around him.
Sam settles into village life and makes new friends with the local dog walker, David, and single mum Lizzie as they prepare to compete in the ‘best-dressed village’ competition. Will Sam stay in Dorset or high-tail it back to London? You’ll have to read it to find out!
A lovely story of village life, friendship and family and a lesson in never giving up on your dreams.