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COUNTRY LOVERS: A BARLEYBRIDGE NOVEL
REBECCA SHAW
ISBN# (10)1-4000-9822-X/(13)978-1-4000-9822-4/(10)0-307-38194-3/(13)978-0-307-38194-1
April 24, 2007
Three Rivers Press (Random House)
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Paperback/E-Book
$12.95 (Paperback)/$9.95 (E-Book)
288 Pages
Fiction
Rating: 4 Cups

Kate Howard accepts a job as receptionist and bookkeeper at the Barleybridge Veterinary Hospital in the rural Yorkshire hills. The hospital only employs a few vets that care for small and large animals.

Joy is the office manager for the veterinary clinic. She shares in Kate’s joy caring for animals. Joy carries a secret about her boss, Mungo that she has fought for twenty years.

Kate has a strong desire to be a veterinarian while staying an independent woman. Her kind-hearted boss, Joy, is always there for her giving her the support she needs in any decision. Joy sympathizes in Kate’s feelings about being a vet and hopes one day she will follow her dream. Kate knows her college test exams were not great so has given up the idea of re-taking any tests. She took the job in Yorkshire for a change. It was something her boyfriend, Adam, was not to happy with. But at the time, another good friend, Scott, an Australian vet, urged her to pursue her dreams. While working at the clinic, Kate becomes friends with all the staff and surrounding people in the village. Her office manager, Joy, still carries a torch for her married boss, after twenty years, and has her own course in life she desires. Both women are determined to find that one path in their life while helping those around them in need.

A Country Affair is a story that allows the reader to feel the picturesque beauty of the countryside, as well as the warmth of the characters and even visualize the animals. I could feel the trepidation that Kate emits as she dreams of being a vet. The feelings that Joy carries for Mungo reaches out to the reader. Rebecca Shaw pens an enchanting read with interesting, funny characters, unique in their own way. I loved how she created Kate as a woman lost, trying to find herself while seeking to fulfill her dream in life. She and Joy are determined women, an example for all. With a huge colorful cast the lovely story carries a different tale, and a different family sure to please any reader. Delightful, and charming, grab a cup of tea and a cozy chair for this uplifting read.

Cherokee
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