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A Country Affair (Barleybridge Novels) Paperback – May 23, 2006

4.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Barleybridge Series

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Disheartened by the results of her exams, 19-year-old Kate decides to take a job as a -receptionist-bookkeeper in a thriving British vet practice rather than pursue a vet career herself. That suits her longtime boyfriend, Adam, just fine; he doesn't want her going anywhere without him. To her surprise, Kate finds the work and the people to her liking, and her show of independence doesn't sit well with Adam, whose life is in a slump as Kate's is becoming richer. Despite the backdrop of the country vet, this bears only faint resemblance to James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small. People are paramount here: an office manager in love with her married boss, a boyfriend who becomes a creepy stalker, a happy-go-lucky vet who runs from commitment. But the animal patients and their owners do provide a few funny, even dramatic bits of background as the characters go forward to solve their personal problems. Look for two more books in the Barleybridge series from this popular British author. Stephanie Zvirin
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“Rebecca Shaw mixes all the ingredients for a winning novel of village life.” —The Times (London)
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Product Details

  • Series: Barleybridge Novels
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1st Us Edition edition (May 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400098203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400098200
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barleybridge is a small and cozy British village in the Yorkshire hills of England. It's a place where the pace is slower, the people gentler and kinder (for the most part), and where everybody knows your name.

Kate Howard is nineteen years old and has taken a job with the Barleybridge Veterinary Hospital as the receptionist and bookkeeper. Barleybridge employs a number of 'vets' who care for large and small animals.

Kate would have loved to had studied to become a 'vet' but had had some problems with her A level exams. She tries to think of her job as a new adventure that allows her to be with animals and companionable humans.

The more Kate strives for independence as a woman and yearns to become a 'vet,' the more her steady but boring boyfriend, Adam rebels at the idea. After all, why would she want a career when she could marry him? Let me count the reasons, folks.

If you're looking for an exciting and suspenseful story, or a James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small) tale, this isn't it. What it is, is a charming story about a young woman finding herself and learning to trust what is best for her. And along the way you'll meet a whole lot of interesting and unique people who make up the landscape of Kate Howard's life in A Country Affair.

Armchair Interviews says: This is a read best suited for a lazy day when you just want to read something nice and satisfying.
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I really enjoyed the Barleybridge novels. It felt like the Mitford Series intertwined with James Herriot's wonderful books. I love a good story that's easy to read and makes you like the characters and "feels comfortable". I hope she will finish all the great stories she began in these books.........I want to know what happens to them all~!
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By C. Laird on February 6, 2007
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I really enjoyed this book. The characters were fleshed out in such a way that I got to know them and was a bit sad when the book ended.
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I'd never heard of Rebecca Shaw or her books. But because I absolutely adore the Thrush Green and Fairacre books of Miss Read, a friend recommended Rebecca Shaw's books. I got started and couldn't put them down. I'm fascinated by the characters and their stories. Very different from Miss Read but very enjoyable and more realistic because the happy findings come with a lot more conflict and drama. I began the series out of sequence with Country Wives and then A Country Affair, then Country Lovers and now Country Passions. I'm so into these books I can hardly wait to read what happens next. Of course I've already ordered the last two books of the series.
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Reticent Kate Howard arrives in the rural Yorkshire hills to work as a receptionist at the Barleybridge Veterinary Hospital that has a vast menagerie of clients ranging from pets to farm animals. The workforce and most of the customers are friendly to the newcomer. Especially nice and encouraging is another outsider Australian veterinarian Scott Spencer, who pushes her to become a vet too though her one attempt at the test was disastrous.

Kate is attracted to her handsome mentor, but is wise enough to know she is out of his league. While Scott encourages her to try again, Kate's boyfriend Adam ridicules her dreams and aspirations saying she proven she can't make it. Kate has decisions personal and professional to make turning to her kindhearted boss Joy, who can commiserate as she too furtively love one of the vets.

A COUNTRY AFFAIR, the first of the Barleybridge trilogy (COUNTRY WIVES AND COUNTRY LOVERS are to be released in America later), is a terrific amusing inspirational character study. Kate and Joy are the stars as they make decisions on what they want out of life. The support cast is solid and somewhat eccentric whether they are pet owners, other vet employees or the lead duo's family. Fans will appreciate this upbeat insightful look at two women making the best of a good life in a small English village.

Harriet Klausner
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By Polkwyn on September 23, 2012
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As I loved the James Herriot books, I had high expectations of this latest foray into a country vet's existence, albeit in more modern times. Instead I found this book to be poorly written; the plot was lame and predictable, the dialogue was stilted and unbelievable, the characters one dimensional and the few actual vet stories seemed to draw heavily from the Herriot books. The Australian vet Scott was as stereotypical as he could possibly be and the reformation of Kate's creepy, stalking suitor seemed extremely unlikely.
I have no intention of reading any of the other books in this series.
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