Vets In Love by Cathy Woodman

Vets in love

“Glamorous GP Nicci (aka the galloping doctor), and Matt, the very handsome equine vet, have caught each other’s eyes. On paper it looks like a match made in heaven.

There are problems, however: Matt’s jealous ex-girlfriend being one of them. But the main trouble is Nicci’s determination to qualify for the Badminton horse trials. Because although Matt treats horses for a living, a tragedy in his past makes him terrified every time Nicci competes.

So when Nicci has a terrible accident, a devastated Matt gives her an ultimatum: it’s either him or the riding.

Nicci can’t believe he means it. But can she risk putting him to the test?”

MY REVIEW

I’ve always enjoyed the Talyton St George series by Cathy Woodman (reviews here) so I couldn’t resist buying this one!

In no time at all I was drawn in by the warm characters and rural setting. The blossoming romance was the main feature of the story but it was surrounded by the fascinating day-to-day lives of a village GP and vet.  The medical scenes were written convincingly and in such a way that I felt like I was taking part too! This was something that I particularly enjoyed.

Cathy’s relaxing writing style made this book a pleasure to read and as you’d expect from a series there was a sense of familiarity when characters from previous books made appearances.  Horse lovers will enjoy the horsey events and activities, following Nicci as she fulfills her riding ambitions. The gentle drama was just enough to keep me on my toes.

Vets In Love was another lovely read from this author, wrapping me up in the feeling of rural life beautifully.

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The Sweetest Thing – Cathy Woodman

The Sweetest Thing

“Jennie Copeland thought she knew the recipe for a happy life: marriage to her university sweetheart, a nice house in the suburbs and three beautiful children.  But when her husband leaves her. she is forced to find a different recipe.  And she thinks she’s found just what she needs: a ramshackle house on the outskirts of the beautiful Talyton St George, a new cake-baking business, a dog, a horse, chickens…

But life in the country is not quite as idyllic as she’d hoped, and Jennie can’t help wondering whether neighbouring farmer Guy Barnes was right when he told her she wouldn’t last the year.

Or perhaps the problem is that she’s missing one vital ingredient to make her new life a success.  Could Guy be the person to provide it?”

I love the Talyton St George series by Cathy Woodman and although I’ve not read them in order I’ve enjoyed them nonetheless.  This was the only one I hadn’t read so when I saw it at a bargain price in my local book shop I just had to buy it!

Right from the start I got the sense of new beginnings – Jennie was attempting to rebuild her life after her divorce and was clearly feeling the strain.  Her move to the countryside from London was entertaining and regularly had me chuckling, adapting to the country way of life proved a bit tricky for Jennie and her children but it was particularly hard for her teenage son whose troubles ran throughout the story.

The whole book had a feeling of homeliness but also excitement.  I loved how each chapter focused on a different type of cake or biscuit, to say that this book made me hungry for sweet treats is a massive understatement 🙂

It was fantastic to see Jennie’s character grow before my eyes, I was interested to see how she would deal with every obstacle that was thrown her way so I couldn’t stop turning the pages.  Guy was a sexy but troubled character who I found very easy to visualise!  The rocky romance between the two of them was beautifully written, it didn’t feel rushed or forced and although it may have been a predictable pairing it didn’t matter to me because it was so enjoyable.

There were a few familiar folk from the other Talyton St George books and this is something I love about reading a series, it makes me feel like I’m catching up with old friends.

As I’ve mentioned many times before I love animals so this book was right up my street, it was full of cows, chickens, dogs and ponies – following all the ups and downs of owning these kind of animals was fascinating.

This was a lovely comforting read, perfect for animal lovers and those wanting to escape to the countryside without all the mud!

The Sweetest Thing can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Cathy Woodman visit her website or blog.

The Village Vet – Cathy Woodman

“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 Otter House vets, her wedding is not.

Animal welfare officer and part-time fire-fighter Jack Miller spends his life saving animals and 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 not be such a bad thing after all.”

Having read and enjoyed other books by this author (review of It’s a Vet’s Life here) I couldn’t resist buying this one which is number five in the Talyton St George series.

Before the story begins there is a little map of Talyton St George, this is something that I really like because it gives me a clearer picture in my mind of where everything is.

The only issue I have with books about vets is that I find it very difficult to read about hurt/injured animals, even fictional ones, so seeing as this book started off with a dog being hit by a car I kind of felt like I couldn’t read on.  Obviously I did carry on reading and I’m glad I did because, as always with books by this author, the personal lives of the villagers are so entertaining that I can forgive a little bit of upset and tears over the animals (I just have to keep reminding myself that they aren’t real!)

Tessa’s wedding day was brilliant, it was very eventful and ended with a bizarre confession from her great-aunt!  I was pleased when she decided to take on the running of the animal sanctuary as I felt it would be a fresh start for her, it certainly brought about a lot of changes in her life – some good and some not so good.

I really enjoyed reading about the day-to-day running of the sanctuary, having done some volunteer work at an animal sanctuary myself I loved all the memories it brought back.

The romance side of the story was good, the tension between Tessa and Jack was so exciting to read but just when I thought I had it all figured out something happened that completely shocked me!

There was also a sinister side to the story with Tessa being secretly watched and when all is revealed she found herself in quite a scary situation.

This is another fantastic read from Cathy Woodman, creating a mixture of emotions throughout.

The Village Vet can be purchased from The Book DepositoryAmazon or from most good book retailers.

To find out more about Cathy Woodman visit her website here.

It’s a Vet’s Life – Cathy Woodman

As you may have guessed by now I do love a good romance, well I also love animals so when I saw this book I had to get it.  I realised that there were two books (Trust Me, I’m a Vet and Must Be Love) that came before this one so of course I had to get those too, I could never read a book series backwards that would drive me crazy plus it was a great excuse to buy more books.

The books follow Maz Harwood in her life as a vet.  She has moved from London to a village in Devonshire to help her friend out with her practice.  There are many twists and turns throughout all three books, who knew country life could be so exciting!  She finds romance, new friends/family and even a few enemies along the way and in this third book she is planning a wedding when something shocking happens that threatens to turn her life upside down.

I really enjoyed all the animal stories in these books, as someone who has had lots of visits to the vets over the years I found myself laughing out loud at some of the events in the story.  At a couple of points I literally bawled my eyes out at which my husband (not a book reader might I add) became very concerned and then laughed hysterically when I explained that I was crying over what had happened in the book.  What can I say, I’m a sensitive soul!

This really is a fab read and afterwards I felt I had a much better understanding of what vets go through, you don’t often get to hear about what goes on behind the scenes at a vets practice and that was a side that I really enjoyed reading about.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone.