City Girl, Country Vet

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Previously published in the UK as Trust Me, I'm A Vet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401341718
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 214,495
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Woodman began her career working as a small animal vet before turning to writing fiction. She won the Harry Bowling First Novel Award in 2002. Her Otter House Vet series is an extremely successful franchise in the UK. Cathy lives with her husband, two children, two ponies, three exuberant Border Terriers, and two cats in a village near Hampshire, England.

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  • Posted September 9, 2012

    City Girl, Country Vet turned out to be a better story than I ha

    City Girl, Country Vet turned out to be a better story than I had even hoped! I loved it! The writing was so wonderful, I was immediately drawn in. In fact I stayed up into the early morning hours just to finish it; I did not want to put it down!

    Maz (I have to admit I love her name, it fits her!) is an English vet. Her friend Emma is also a vet, they went to school together. Now Emma needs Maz’s help to run her country practice while she and her husband go on a 6 month holiday. Maz, who is a city girl, finds life in the country not at all what she expected. From trying to save Emma’s practice to trying to save animals from a burning house, Maz has her hands full.

    It wasn’t until I was finished reading did I find out that this book was printed earlier under a different title and is the first in a series. I am really excited about that and I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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.


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2014

    He Hope

    I really hope i like it do u think i would like it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    City Girl, Country Vet

    Predictable and pretty meaningless. If its substance you are after then skip it. If you just want a romance novel then this one is for you.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    The best

    I enjoyed this book!

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    WILL YOU PLEADE READ MY FING POSTS????

    LET TRUESTORM GO ALREADY!!!! I WILL PROBABLY BREAK MY NOOK IF YOU DONT!!!!

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Saras mother to vet

    Because she is cut off by seeing truestorm get out of the cage grabs the kits and wispleaps body and runs

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2012

    Great book!

    Couldnt put it doen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    recommend

    it was fun, English humor. drug just a little in parts.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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