Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Books Read: Cathy Woodman - Country Loving

Successful city accountant Stevie receives two surprises in one week: a proposal of marriage from her boyfriend Nick and a phone call begging her to return to the family farm in Devon to help out after her father has a stroke.

But what she thought would be a long weekend in the country turns into much longer as she struggles to bring order to her father's rundown farm. Finally, she decides to give up her job - and her fiance - and take on the farm permanently. She dreams of turning it into a tourist attraction, never realising it would be so difficult. But with the help of many of Talyton St George's local residents, and the locum vet Leon, she is starting to make progress.

Until a life-changing complication throws all her plans into disarray, and destroys her growing romance with Leon...

I'm a huge fan of book series, in particular Cathy Woodman's Talyton St George series, so was very happy when a copy of Country Loving arrived from her publishers Arrow which I couldn't wait to start reading.

As I've come to expect in each book we are introduced to a few new characters and in Country Loving this is no different.  The main one being Stevie who returns to Talyton for the weekend after she receives a phone call from Cecil, her dad's farmhand, telling her that they are in danger of losing the family farm.  

When she arrives home she discovers that things are a lot worse than she could ever have imagined and that her father Tom has let things slide partly due to the stroke that he's recovering from which she hadn't been told about.  So she decides that she needs to give up her job London, much to the disgust of her fiance Nick, and stay to do whatever she can to help save the family business even if it means coming up with ideas that don't sit particularly well with her dad who is firmly set in his ways.   

I'm pleased to see some old faithful characters making a welcome return such as FiFi the local busybody who certainly doesn't make things easy for Stevie, Jack the animal welfare officer as well as Jennie, who we met in The Sweetness Thing, who is Stevie's next door neighbour who turns out to be a real pillar of strength for her.

If you're wondering where the vets are, as they have featured quite heavily in the previous books, there is a vet element in this story too in the form of locum vet Leo, who works for local vet Alex Fox-Gifford, who is regularly called out to the farm.  Leo is also at the forefront of one of the funniest moments in the book, well in my opinion, when he comes to the rescue of a child from a stampeding cow...I'll leave you to read this for yourself to see why I thought it was funny!    

Once again Cathy Woodman has written the perfect book to curl up with and unwind from the stresses of your day.  I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us next from Talyton St George.

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