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Saturday, 28 April 2012

The Village Vet by Cathy Woodman

The Village Vet

In Talyton St George, vet nurse Tessa Wilde is on the way to her wedding .............

It should be the happiest day of her life. But then her car hits a dog, and though the dog is saved thanks to the Otter House vets, her wedding is not.

Animal welfare officer and part-time fire-fighter Jack Miller spends his life saving animals adn people.  As one of Tessa's oldest friends, he feels he has the right to interrupt her wedding and rescue her from a marriage that can only end in tears.

But does he? Tessa is sure she doesn't need rescuing, least of all by Jack.

When they begin to work together at the Animal Rescue centre, however, Tessa begins to wonder whether being rescued by Jack might bot be such a bad thing after all.

I have been a fan of Cathy Woodman since reading her first book, Trust Me, I'm a Vet. In this book the reader was introduced to life in Talyton St George. Woodman has written three books before this one, two books about the veterinary surgery and the third was surrounding the life of a new village member, Jennie Copeland, who began a new carer as a cake maker. 

This book is again set in Talyton St George, but is centred around a different village member, Tessa Wilde. She has links to the veterinary surgery as she covered maternity leave in a previous book.  Tessa has a drama before she gets to the church for her wedding and it doesn't end there!

I really enjoy Woodman's books, the reason being that they are set in one village and although the vet's is the focus for a number of the books, she also writes books about other characters in the village too. Also the characters are in most books - in this book, although Tessa is the main character, Maz the vet and Jennie (the cake baker) also get a mention in this book, along with other village regulars.

The book is a love story but it is not all boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love. There are uncertainties and also some 'shocks' along the way - one which I had my suspicions about early in the book and was proved right later on. 

I recommend this book to all of my followers. It does not matter if you have read any of Woodman's previous books, it can be read as a standalone book or as part of the Talyton St George series. It is a good read, great for the beach, back garden or  curled up in a comfy chair on a Sunday afternoon.

These books are great to read. Lovable characters who you would love to share a village with. I  would love to be Tessa's friend and I am sure I would be on the lookout for abandoned or stray pets if I could be guaranteed Jack coming to collect/rescue them! Jack was a great male lead.

I have just been looking at Amazon and noticed that Cathy Woodman has a new book, City Girl, County Vet, being published in September 2012, and so I am already looking forward to that one too.

Thank you to the publishers, Arrow, for sending me the book to review.

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