City Girl, Country Vet

City Girl, Country Vet

by Cathy Woodman

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401342869
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 1,061,124
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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City Girl, Country Vet 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
DaniC More than 1 year ago
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.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
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.
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
As some of the other readers stated, this book is "comfort" reading. I don't really feel comfortable calling it "chick lit" just because I think that the romance aspect of this book was pretty soft, and slow going. I didn't realize that this book was the beginning of a series, and honestly, I wish I didn't know this fact, because it made the story more predictable. Still, I enjoyed the overall story, and the vet/healthcare angle. The character development was OK, and at times the pacing of the story slowed, but, overall, I enjoyed it. I would definitely consider reading the 2nd book of the Talyton St George series when I am craving a light, 'comfort' read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have a soft spot for animals-this will probably get you a bit emotional. It's a very well written novel however and a cute story. Found the hardcopy at B&N for $5.. worth giving it a read if you like the animal care talk and a lovely side love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book!
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The story was slow at times, but still a great read.
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Couldnt put it doen
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I really hope i like it do u think i would like it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was fun, English humor. drug just a little in parts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LET TRUESTORM GO ALREADY!!!! I WILL PROBABLY BREAK MY NOOK IF YOU DONT!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because she is cut off by seeing truestorm get out of the cage grabs the kits and wispleaps body and runs