Title: Trust me I’m a Vet
Author: Cathy Woodman
Blurb: City vet Maz Harwood has learned the hard way that love and work don’t mix. So when an old friend asks her to look after her Devonshire practice for six months, Maz decides running away from London is her only option. But country life is trickier than she feared. It’s bad enough she has to deal with comatose hamsters, bowel-troubled dogs and precious prize-winning cats, without having to contend with the disgruntled competition and a stubborn neighbour who’s threatening to sue over an overzealous fur cut! Worse still, she discovers Otter House Veterinary Clinic needs mending as much as her broken heart. Thank goodness there’s an unsuitable distraction, even if he is the competition’s deliciously dashing son….
My Thoughts: Overall TRUST ME, I’M A VET was an enjoyable novel, even though it was so very over the top at times! At first it seemed like there was a cast of hundreds, and they all appeared to be “English village” quirky, so I did have trouble trying to remember everyone and getting myself quite confused. Eventually I worked out who were just a mention in passing and who was actually pertinent to the story. The main character, Maz, was a hard character to get a grip on at first – I thought at one stage she might have had a sign on her head saying kick me I’m a victim!! However, as the story progressed I really warmed to her as she was really up against it from the start. As a new addition to a small tight-knit community she was thrown into the deep end having to deal with potential bankruptcy, a nasty vendetta and generally just being an outsider. Despite all obstacles Maz managed to find her niche and true love. There were quite a few deaths, both animal and human, which surprised me; I guess in a veterinary practice animal deaths are going to happen I just didn’t expect so much of it; still each passing was dealt with sensitively. To counteract the sad was the comedy which almost went too far the other way as it became almost slap stick almost to the point of being ludicrous. Still somewhere in the middle was a good romance story with animals. There are more books in the Talyton St George vet books series and I will pick up the next one to see what happens next.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable.
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