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I came across this book when I was in the library, I have to say I would not usually go out of my way to read a book about animals as they are not a great interest of mine but a month or so ago I read a book about lost dogs and thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I would give this one a go.
Our main character in this book is Maz Harwood. She is a vet who up until recent events have worked as a vet in the city. Her partner who also is her boss decides he wants to make another go of a relationship with his ex-wife which breaks Maz's heart and makes working in that environment hard so she decides to leave work.
An opportunity comes up for Maz to help out her old college friend Emma who has a vet practice in the country and it seems the right time for her so accepts Emma's proposal. Little does Maz know just how hard this will be as the vet clinic is in financial trouble which is left for Maz to sort out but does she manage this or does she just make things worse?
As you can expect there is a love interest in this book who comes by the name of Alex but like many romances things do not go smoothly especially due to the fact that part of the financial ruin of the vetinary clinic is thanks to Alex's family vet practice. It just goes to show you can not choose who you are going to fall in love with.
I found this book a light hearted read. There were many references to animals in the general running of a vetinary clinic so if you are in deed an animal lover I think you would thoroughly enjoy this book. I found many parts of the book very predictable but this didn't ruin the book it just had you gasping at the characters in the book saying how could you not have seen that coming!!
I found this a similar kind of read to a review I done a while back by Lucy Dillon called Lost dogs and Lonely hearts. The city heart broken girl who comes to the country to deal with animals and get her life back on track! There are many characters in this book both human and animals which you sometimes get muddled up but due to it being a light hearted read this does not ruin the story.
If you are looking for a book with humour this is really not the book for you as in my opinion there were no funny points in the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Lost Dogs and Lonely hearts. It definatly would appeal to anyone who loves animals.
There is a follow on to this book called It's a Vets Life. The first chapter of this book is in the end of Trust me I'm a Vet so you can have a snippet before you buy.
Maz Harwood has had enough of London life for a while so when her friend Emma suggests she takes over Otter House Vets for six month while Emma goes on holiday with her husband Ben, Maz jumps at the chance. Country life is nothing like City life and soon Maz finds herself not only knee-deep in sick animals but she also in the middle of a feud with the other vets in Talyton, Talyton Manor Vets. Maz also discovers that Otter House is in serious trouble and she feels she has to not only mend that but also her broken heart. Good job there's a man on the scene helping to distract Maz. It's just a shame he's the competition's son.
I am a huge animal fan - particularly after we adopted our two dogs after moving into their house - so when I was browsing on the Bookseller website one night and I came across an article saying Cathy Woodman was going to be writing a new vets series, I knew I had to keep track of when the book was coming out as it sounded like a fantastic read. I was thrilled when it finally came up on Amazon for release and I was even happier when I was offered it to review.
I've never read any of Cathy's books before so I wasn't sure what to expect so it came as a nice surprise to be able to slip into the book so easily. The book starts just before Maz takes over as the locum at Otter House and sets the scene really well for Maz to come in and take over from Emma. We're then introduced to the residents of Talyton St George including Izzy, Nigel and Frances who also work at Otter House as well as the Fox-Giffords who are rivals of Otter House and have their own veterinary clinic Talyton Manor Vets and any residents who bring in their pets to Otter House. It creates quite the atmosphere within Talyton St George and the village is really brought to life with it's wonderful characters.
As I say, the characters of Talyton St George are all wonderful and all bring their personalities to life whenever they appear. With so many residents I did get a little confused at the beginning of the book, I must admit but as I got to know them all, it became easier to differentiate between who was who. Maz is the main character throughout the book and is also our narrator and I warmed to her immediately. It's clear from the off she had a difficult time before leaving London and I enjoyed seeing her overcome her heartbreak. I also thought the reasoning for why Maz became a vet hugely believeable and also really heartwarming. I suppose the other main characters were Izzy, Frances and Nigel who worked alongside Maz at Otter House and I must admit that although I found all three prickly in the beginning, I also soon warmed to them. There was a big deal made of the rivalry between Otter House and Talyton Manor Vets but I found myself really liking Alex Fox-Gifford, the son of Old Fox-Gifford and owner of Talyton Manor Vets. He easily dispelled any myths I may have had about him being the bad guy of the piece and I enjoyed his rapport between himself and Maz.
Cathy Woodman really manages to bring the village of Talyton St George to life, as I've previously mentioned and although the way in which everyone knew everyone else's business, I fell in love with the village alongside Maz. If you're going to write a series then creating a fantastic setting is a must and Woodman has managed that with relative ease. Of course there was also lots of drama - as I said, everyone is in everyone elses pocket - but it was all handled within time and there was never too much at any given point. Since the book is about a vet's practice it's to be expected that not every animal treated will survive and there were a few cases that had me in tears, I must say. Woodman handled those scenes sensitively though and although the scenes did make me sad, I also understood why they had to happen. There's a huge plot twist three quarters of the way through the book that really shook everything up, too, and which I did not see coming - making my shock all the worse! I much mention the ending which really set the scene for the second book in the series which I'm eagerly anticipating!
Overall I really enjoyed reading Trust Me, I'm A Vet. It's rare for a chick lit book to feature animals - and definitely not as many as Trust Me, I'm A Vet features - which made my enjoyment all the better as I am a huge animal lover. This is a must-read for animal lovers and the cute cover should tell you all you need to know. October - and the second book in the series - cannot come soon enough for me, I really can't wait to read it!
Though I'm not a pet owner and as such had never thought too much about it, I believed this book when it told me there are two types of vets (three if you count the Vietnam kind, though for these purposes let's not). No, I mean the city type who look after poodles and hamsters and maybe the odd depressed gold fish, and the country kind who stick their hands up cows' bottoms for fun, and think horses are man's second best friend, as well as essential equipment for extracurricular activities. Maz definitely falls into the first category, but when her love life gets as sticky as a cancerous canine tumour, she realises that London is not the place to be any more. An opportunity arises at the rather tweely named 'Otter House Veterinary Clinic', and she seizes it, pleased to have a reason to flee the capital, at least temporarily.
But for Maz, life in the country comes with a steep learning curve. When she's not saving hamsters from the incinerator she's dealing with faecally incontinent dogs and overly demanding stage mothers who don't appreciate her attempts at grooming their show-quality tabbies. It's not just the animals, either. There's the village's other vet practice to contend with, accidentally on purpose sabotage, village gossip, trips to buy the latest fashions from the only shop for miles around - the garden centre... Life out here may not be quite like London but it's far from quiet and relaxing. When professional, financial and personal problems collide, Maz thinks fleeing, for the second time in half a novel, might be her only option.
This book reminded me a lot of Lucy Dillon's "Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts" and gets an equally high rating from me. Once again, it's a book with a clear focus (animals and country-living) but is not such an exclusive club that pet-free city gals can't dig into too.
As in Dillon's title, our heroine is a Londoner whose love and work lives are falling apart, so the call to move out to the country could not come at a better time. You get the wonderful fish out of water story, peppered with all the essentials for great, accessible chick-lit: likeable heroines, handsome strangers and interfering neighbours. There is a good deal of build up in the story, with enough scene setting for you to feel involved with the practice and its staff as things start to go wrong.
There are a number of names to get to know, but most of these are of the animals Maz cares for, which means it doesn't matter too much if you get them a little confused. At the same time, the humans in the story get a nice amount of character development. So much so, in fact, that it would be a shame to leave them behind as the story end. But, surprise, this is the first book in a new series, so Maz, Emma, Frances et al will be back for further adventures in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for what it is: a brilliant piece of writing that perfectly meets the needs of the genre. Yes, it's flitty at times, and yes, some chick-lit clichés crop up now and again (a crush on an unsuitable bloke, pregnancies that are only surprising to the characters etc etc) but I lost myself in it quickly and was engaged throughout. I enjoyed stopping off in the village, and will look forward to journeying back there when the sequels come out.
This book is currently available new and used on Amazon, both at discounted rates. Since it's a new release (in fact it's only been out since Thursday) it's not yet banging around online for 1p, or in every charity shop, but it's a great read and I think it's worth the price, since it's the kind you could easily re-read.
A version of this review first appeared on www.thebookbag.co.uk