Title: The Vets at Hope Green: Escape to the Country (Vets at Hope Green #1)
Author: Sheila Norton
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Genre: Contemporary
Book format: Digital (pre-release copy)
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Description:  Working as a receptionist in a London vets, Sam is living far from her idea of a simple life. She’s always broke, rents a tiny flat and is constantly arguing with her boyfriend. But the worst part is that her career is going nowhere. She wants to be a vet, but the most contact time with the animals she has is a quick hello when she books in their next appointment.
Something’s got to give, so when her parents suggest visiting her Nana Peggy in a small quiet picturesque village, she agrees, thinking a bit of R&R could do her good.
But rest and relaxation may not be the order of the day. Poor Nana Peggy’s lovely dog Rufus is unwell, and Sam can’t help but grow fond of him. With the help of Joe the local vet, a charming yet strangely distant man, Sam sets out on looking after him, despite her London life trying to call her back…

*Free copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for review…

Review:  Sam dreams of being a vet and living the idyllic life in the country, but her life couldn’t be more different, working as a receptionist and living in busy London. When life gets too much after some stressful encounters with her boyfriend, Sam decides to take a trip to Hope Green, a place that’s just like her dream. But what will happen when she gets there and who will she meet?

‘The Vets at Hope Green’ is a lovely tale with a cosy feel to it. The book is split into four parts and this is just part one of those four. Part one is very short and didn’t take me long to read at all. The story follows Sam, after struggling to cope living in London, she ends up travelling to Hope Green, where her Nana lives, for a short holiday. The story is told in the first person from Sam’s point of view which I like as you see Sam’s thoughts on Hope Green and the people living there, her views being that of a city dweller which I can easily relate to.

Though this is just the first part of the story, you get an instant feel for the atmosphere of the place and the different people living in Hope Green. The characters seem well developed, though we’ve only been introduced to many of them, and I really like the awkward relationship between Sam and the vet Joe which will probably be the main feature of the entire four book series.

The story isn’t particularly exciting but I doubt it’s meant to be and it feels like there’s a predictability to how the tale will go but that doesn’t bother me at all as I often enjoy stories where reading the journey is more important than knowing the destination.

There’s nothing offensive in the book and it has an overall feel-good and cosy atmosphere to it. It does feel predictable but I’m still intrigued to read more. It’s very difficult to comment on whether this will turn out to be a great series or not, but given the good start I’m certainly looking forward to part two, though I do personally prefer all the parts together in one book. 🙂

-Review first appeared online January 2017 – now republished here.

Read review of book 2 – The Vets at Hope Green: Follow Your Heart by clicking here


Have you read this book, either in parts or as the whole?  What about other Sheila Norton books or feel good contemporary novels in general?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂