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  • Posted November 18, 2012

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    Comfort fiction. Sometimes, I have to escape from what I spend

    Comfort fiction. Sometimes, I have to escape from what I spend most of my reading time on and comfort fiction is what I want. City Girl, Country Vet fills the bill in a lot of ways with just a few very minor quibbles.

    I’m inordinately attached to stories about veterinarians in rural areas, usually preferring real vets’ tales about their own experiences (thank you, James Herriot!), but fiction is OK, too, and I imagine some of this story might be based on real life since Ms. Woodman started out as a small animal vet. There’s something about the rural atmosphere and the animals and the people who, let’s face it, are just not the same as urban folk, and visiting with them is always a pleasure. This particular book threw me a curve by featuring a protagonist who, for most of the story, reminds me of Joe Btfsplk, the comic strip character who’s followed everywhere by a rain cloud and is a terrible jinx. Poor Maz, she can’t seem to do anything right and antagonizes or disappoints practically everyone in the small village during her temporary job as a relief vet. That was actually kind of refreshing and certainly took away the threat of sappiness that some vet-related books fall prey to. On the other hand, this black cloud seemed to go on too long and I sometimes found myself wondering if Maz would ever find at least one or two bright spots to relieve the angst.

    Luckily, a hint of impending romance serves to lighten the mood and it’s the kind of romance I like—understated, no sex (not that I have anything against sex, mind you, but I prefer it in the background), a good deal of will-he-won’t-she, and an ending that’s only moderately predictable. I also found the village denizens thoroughly entertaining even if a teeny bit stereotypical.

    Then there are the animals. The village of Talyton St. George has two vet practices, one that does small animals only and one that does small and large. The large animals make several appearances but it’s the small animals that steal the show and life and death are both present. Being a rational human being, I suspect anyone that reads a book like this is already an animal lover and the author does not disappoint us—a hamster named Harriet/Harry, a dog named Robbie, a cat named Tripod, a dog named Petra, a pony named Skye, a cat named Ginge, and so many others are all utterly charming and bring a smile to the reader’s face along with occasional tears.

    A shocking tragedy that endangers animals and humans alike brings the story to a turning point and I found the denouement most satisfying. The author could have easily ended things there but, happily, she didn’t, and several sequels are already out in the UK with the fifth coming out in December 2012. I hope the US publisher will put these on a fast track because I’m eager to read them all.

    Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2012.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Good Book

    The story was slow at times, but still a great read.

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