Title: The Country Practice
Author: Meredith Appleyard
Opens: Meghan’s heart jumped into her throat when she heard the crash, and then a cry for help
My Thoughts: After breaking up with her fiancé Meghan returns from London to Australia. ER trained she takes up an offer to work as a locum in a rural South Australian community, to give herself time to work out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. It has long been her dream to become a GP so now she will see if she is cut out for the role. Magpie Creek welcomes Meghan with open arms as it has been a long time since they have had their own local doctor and the residents try to do everything they can to encourage her to stay. For example, when they find out she’s a vegetarian the local bakery makes vegetables pasties and the pub adds vegetarian dishes to their menu. She is thrown into her new life in her very first few in Magpie Creek when she helps a heart attack victim and meets farmer Sean Ashby who has brought the patient in. The romance is nice, slow to build, and so realistic and believable. Sean and Meghan both have past issues to work through before there is any chance for them – and Meghan is as determined to work her month out and leave for her next assignment as Sean is determined that he doesn’t deserve a relationship. I did want to smack him a couple of times with his poor bugger me attitude – and to be fair I wanted to smack her too for insisting on throwing it all away. Which I guess demonstrates how invested I was in this story. A quick read, the story kept me engrossed and I cared very much for both Sean and Meghan.
THE COUNTRY PRACTICE is a debut novel for Meredith Appleyard, and her medical background gives the various back stories an authentic edge to them – and added to the believability of the book. Country hospitals have to do the best that they can with limited resources, and modern technology can assist by having an expert on the phone giving advice to prepare a patient to be flown out. Meghan and the nursing staff are just as much front line as a busy city hospital – only they have less things that go beep to plug their patients in to.
The story didn’t just relate the story of Meghan and Sean, the reader got to see a small rural community where everyone knows just about everything that’s going on, and keeping secrets is hard; and how the medical and emergency services are more than likely to know accident victims; and a whole community pulls together to help out someone in need.
I can’t wait for her next one.
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B – Great – I really enjoyed reading it and it is a book I will be recommending to all my friends who like this genre.
With thanks to Penguin Books Australia and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review