If it’s a cosy heart-warming read set in a picturesque location, sprinkled with oodles of charm then Summer with the Country Village Vet by Zara Stoneley is the perfect summer read for you.
When Lucy Jacobs is made redundant from her inner-city teaching job she fears her career is over. Teaching is all Lucy knows and she’s determined to get back in the classroom as fast as she can.
Except the only job on offer is at an idyllic village school in the middle of nowhere – Lucy’s idea of hell. Where are the disadvantaged kids who need saving, where is the challenge?
But as Lucy finds herself welcomed into the warm-hearted community of Langtry Meadows, she begins to realise new challenges await – like frogs in the classroom, a rather difficult donkey, and a very brooding local vet…
Local boy Charlie Davenport has his own issues about living in the close-knit village of Langtry Meadows. His private life is already fuel for the well-meaning gossips and the very last thing he needs is to get close to the new school teacher…no matter how lovely she is.
But as summer days drift away Langtry Meadows weaves its magic, Charlie and Lucy both get the chance to turn over a new leaf and start anew…maybe with each other?
I simply adored this book, Lucy was my type of girl, I bonded with her from the very first chapter but there was more to her character than meets the eye. In the classroom she was a confident teacher, adored the children but on the outside she was battling her own insecurities. As she adapts to village life, these insecurities begin to creep in when she suddenly finds herself questioning her own childhood, what really did happen in her past?
The whole of the book is so heart-warming, you can’t help but fall in love with each character and feel part of the Langtry Meadow Community. This book had everything from the grumpy gorgeous local vet, the village busy body, Elsie Harrington who doesn’t miss a trick and the parade of fabulous animals who provide that little extra humour to the story. Everyone needs a Gertie the Goose in their life!
This book was not only animal magic but warm and wonderful too, full of quirky characters and the perfect summer read all wrapped up in a stunning summery cover.
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