Review: The Vets At Hope Green: Escape to the Country

Posted 11th September 2017 by Emma in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Vets At Hope Green: Escape to the CountryThe Vets At Hope Green: Escape to the Country by Sheila Norton
Also by this author: The Vets at Hope Green: Follow Your Heart, Too Close to Home, A New Start, A Place to Hide
Series: The Vets at Hope Green #1
Also in this series: A New Start
on 19th January 2017
Pages: 80
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PART ONE of a serialised novel – a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals. 

Working as a receptionist in a London vets, Sam is living far from her idea of a simple life. She’s always broke, rents a tiny flat, and is constantly arguing with her boyfriend. But the worst part is that her career is going nowhere. She wants to be a vet, but the most contact time with the animals she has is a quick hello when she books in their next appointment.

Something’s got to give, so when her parents suggest visiting her Nana Peggy in a small quiet picturesque village, she agrees, thinking a bit of R&R could do her good.

But rest and relaxation may not be the order of the day. Poor Nana Peggy’s lovely dog Rufus is unwell, and Sam can’t help but grow fond of him. With the help of Joe the local vet, a charming yet strangely distant man, Sam sets out on looking after him, despite her London life trying to call her back…

Thank you to Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for accepting my request via Netgalley. This is the first book I have read by Shelia but it won’t be the last. This is the first in a four part series of short stories following Sam as she leaves London and moves to Hope Green.

Sam lives in London with 3 other girls in a flat. She works as a vet’s receptionist and is dating Alex. She doesn’t much like anything about her life. Her flat is tiny, she’s always wanted to be a vet, not the receptionist and she’s not sure she’s in love with Alex.

Instead of spending her week off with Alex and his family she decides to go and visit her Nana in Hope Green. Hope Green is everything London isn’t. When Sam takes Nana’s dog Rufus to the vets she meets local vet Joe. Sam finds Joe to be abrupt and rude with her but he’s amazing with the animals.

This is a good cosy story that is perfect for those autumn evenings. It’s a short read but you will be quickly hooked on the series just like I was.

About Sheila Norton

I live in Chelmsford, UK, with my husband Alan. We have three married daughters and six grandchildren. I’ve been writing as a hobby ever since I was a little girl, and finally achieved my lifelong ambition to have a novel published, with the acceptance in 2002 of ‘The Trouble With Ally’. Prior to this, I’d been having short stories published in women’s magazines for about ten years.

My most recent books are stories with animals at their heart. THE VETS AT HOPE GREEN is the story of a girl with a dream, and the animals who are part of it.
OLIVER, THE CAT WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS and its sequel CHARLIE, THE KITTEN WHO SAVED A LIFE are heartwarming stories narrated by their cat heroes.

My earlier books were ‘Chick lit’, including a series of three written under the pseudonym of Olivia Ryan. I’ve also published two books – YESTERDAY and TICKET TO RIDE set in the 1960s. More recently I published A GRAND THING, which is a family story with grandparents at its heart.

I worked for most of my life as a medical secretary. I now write full-time. I like to relax by reading, walking,swimming, going to pubs and restaurants and seeing my family and friends.

I am passionate about my writing and love to hear from my readers. I am also happy to give talks to writers’ groups and others, and book signings


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenge (2017)
  • Netgalley Challenge (2017)

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