Maz Harwood's life takes a sudden turn when her boyfriend
dumps her for his ex and her best friend Emma needs someone
to take over her veterinary clinic while she and her husband
take a much needed vacation. Not quite sure how it happened,
Maz finds herself leaving London for an extended stay in the
village of Talyton St. George in Devon. For Emma, Talyton is
where she grew up. Her childhood home, Otter House, has been
converted to house her practice. She loves the village and
all its inhabitants, four and two legged. Poor Maz might as
well be in a foreign country.
Maz is a good vet who knows how to treat sick animals. The
unspoken rules and expectations of small town life are
another matter. There's the rivalry with the oldest vet
practice in town owned by the Fox-Giffords. The father is
determined to see Otter House closed while the son is
handsome and dashing but with suspect motives given the
rivalry. The locals won't trust the new vet making it
difficult to do her job, something that becomes increasingly
important as Maz learns the real financial state of the
practice. Good or bad, news travels fast in a small town
and Maz finds herself putting out fires with every mistake
she makes. Life in the English countryside is more
complicated than you would think.
CITY GIRL, COUNTRY VET is a pleasant story of life in the
English countryside. Cute animals, quirky villagers, a
beautiful setting, emotional ups and downs...the story has all
the elements a reader would expect. Maz is suitably out of
her element leading to some humorous accidents and
miscalculations. I enjoyed the story, though at times I
thought it dragged a bit. At times Maz seemed a bit naive
for someone with years of experience as a vet. I am curious,
though, to see how Maz and her story evolve now that she's
had her introduction to Talyton.
CITY GIRL, COUNTRY VET, is a reissue of the first book in
the Otter House Vets series previously published as Trust
Me, I'm a Vet.
London veterinarian Maz Harwood has learned the hard way
that love and work don't mix. So when Emma, her best friend
from vet school, asks her to look after her practice in the
English countryside for six months, Maz decides that is just
the change of scenery she needs. But country life is
trickier than she could have imagined.
It is one thing to trade her smart heels for wellies; it's
another to deal with unwelcoming locals, an intense rivalry
with the town's other vet practice, and worse yet, the
realization that her friend's practice is in as bad a shape
as Maz's own broken heart. Things get even more complicated
when she meets her rival's dashing son, who is totally
unsuitable as a prospect... or is he? Can Maz win over the
locals, save the lives of her patients, keep Emma's practice
from going under... and find love again?
Cathy Woodman, a fresh new voice in women's fiction, has
written a warm, breezy romantic comedy with just enough
mishap and plenty of adorable four-legged creatures.