The Vets at Hope Green: Too Close to Home by Sheila Norton
Publisher: Ebury Digital
Publishing Date: 16th March 2017
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 336
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
Buy the Book: Kindle
PART THREE of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals.
Things are finally starting to look up for Sam – a chance at her dream job as a vet, and a new friend (who is a huge animal lover himself – a very important detail!) What more could she ask for?
But a something is eating away at her: her boss Joe is acting strangely around her – he’s definitely hiding something. And having dreamed of being a vet for so long, she cannot afford to put a foot wrong.
When a call to tend to a sick pony comes into the practice, it all strikes too close to home for Sam and Joe. The odds are stacked against her, and she risks losing everything…
“Too Close to Home” is the third and last but one part in “The Vets at Green Hope” series. It starts exactly where we left, seeing Sam at hospital with a miscarriage scare. This part feels and seems much shorter to the previous two ones, the chapters are shorter and there are only six of them, as far as I can remember, so it is really a very, very quick read – but sometimes it’s just what you need.
So this time there is a lot happening on the pages, guys, really. There was not a single minute without something happening, let it be with Sam, or Joe or even with Joe’s sweet daughter, with friends visiting and falling out, with parents visiting and missed cats bringing surprises. It was packed to the brims but it was written in such a way that I’ve never felt overwhelmed or tired, and those events were realistic and relatable. We also learn much more about the very moody Joe in this part and I must admit that as much as I sympathize with him, this man is bringing me to my limits – he’s exceptionally rude, and if all of us were so rude when having problems than our lives would be really miserable. Also Sam annoyed me a little this time with her occasionally childish behaviour and with everything bringing tears to her eyes – I know, hormones, but still, give us a break, girl. But again, the villagers and the village are brought to life, and there is more about the vet practice itself, and I enjoyed it very much.
This short story ends – of course – with a cliffhanger and I am already looking forward to the last part of the series. I am only afraid that it’s going to end not in the way I’d like it to end re: the romance but let’s wait and see.