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A Country Practice: Book 1: New Beginnings (Volume 1) Paperback – June 5, 2015
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When the opportunity to read this came up I jumped at it, the chance to meet these characters again as an adult now, was one I couldn’t turn down.
There are two main storylines in the novel a pregnant woman who goes into labour early and requires surgery and a serious car crash which involves a well liked member of the community. These held up well were strong and introduced members of the community and hospital.
There are also several sub-plots which is where I felt the book got a little lost. On TV the jumping around, multiple people and stories works well, it’s easier to take all of that in. But in a book I found it a little messy and too dry at times. I think a few of the smaller sub-plots and characters would have been better cut for the sake of easier reading.
Overall, I think there is a lot of hope in the storylines containing Simon, the new doctor to the area, and Vicky, the local vet. And Vicky’s mum Shirley, and the local police officer Frank. These storylines have a romantic element but were also funny, involved other characters and you could see how they could work with other dramatic events such as the medical events in this book.
Thanks to Judith Colquhoun and Corazon Books for the eARC to review, this is my honest opinion.
The idyllic nostalgic feel of this story was a delight. All the goings on in a small town community where everyone either knows each other or is related to them. Based around a small hospital it involves the lives of the doctors, nurses, local vet, policeman etc.
It’s amazing how much drama can occur in a short space of time, birth, death, love, deceit but it’s those factors which make this so realistic.
I adore the medical camaraderie because I have experienced that in my line of work .. the gossiping which inevitably begins as soon as the town inhabitants get an inkling of a scandal.
I particularly like Terence the dashing doctor he has secrets which intrigue me, also cranky Frank the cop, he means well but comes across as a bit gruff. There are numerous characters as you would expect and they all have their own backgrounds .. this is the first in a series and I’m looking forward to reading the rest to get to know the people better.
Interestingly the author also writes for ‘Neighbours’ one of my all time guilty pleasures so it’s not surprising I found this such a pleasure to read. Good, wholesome fun, fast paced and recommended.
Thanks to the author and Neverland Blog Tours .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Before I received a review copy of Judith Colquhoun's 'A Country Practice: New Beginnings' I have to admit I didn't know anything about the TV series the book is based on. Luckily, this didn't form a problem because I was able to just dive into the story without any prior knowledge. The story is set in a town in Australia in the 1980s and focuses mainly on the town hospital. There are a lot of different characters who each have their own storyline and I personally really enjoyed the fast pace of the book and the switching between the different storylines. All characters had something interesting to share, resulting in an entertaining and enjoyable read. My personal favourites, though, are young vet Vicky Dean and married couple Molly and Brendan who have just moved to the area. I immediately warmed to these characters and can't wait to hopefully read more about them in the upcoming parts of the book series.
While the book is easy to get into and comfortable to read, I do think it shines through that the story is based on a TV show. Some scenes are described like made-for-TV situations and I definitely would have liked a bit more background information on the different characters; their histories, their personalities, etc. Even though I missed the detail in places, it was still a really enjoyable read and I am already curious about what will happen in the next part of the series! Overall, ‘A Country Practice’ is an enthralling, entertaining, fast-paced read that managed to hold my attention until the very last page; a promising start to this new series!
There is lots of drama, romance, secrets which all makes this such a great read.
The characters were very well developed in this story and I loved every one of them. There are happy moments and sad moments as well.
I never seen the TV series so now I would like to watch it as well this is a wonderful story I would recommend to my readers and who likes a good read. Looking forward to reading more.
I received a ARC of this book to give a honest review.