The Vets at Hope Green: Escape to the Country by Sheila Norton book review


The Vets at Hope Green: Escape to the Country written by Sheila Norton, publisher Ebury Digital is available in ebook format from the 19th January 2017.

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PART ONE of a heartwarming and inspiring story about living the simple life and the joy of animals. Perfect for fans of Appleby Farm, Ivy Lane and Alfie the Doorstep Cat

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…


I’m really not sure why I haven’t read a Sheila Norton novel before but after reading this novella I feel like I’ve found a new favourite author.  I devoured this part one of the new series by Sheila Norton, The Vets at Hope Green: Escape to the Country it’s a wonderful start to a blossoming new series.

I love animals and to work with them seems like one of my ideal jobs so this series looked perfect for me.  We are introduced to Sam who is a receptionist at a city centre vets in London.  Sam is in a relationship with Adam but feels like something is missing; for starters their dream lifestyles don’t seem to match.  Sam also feels she wants more out of work.

To try and recharge her batteries Sam set’s off to the Dorset countryside to visit her Nan in the gorgeous coastal village of Hope Green.  Sam is hoping the sea air, taking her nan’s dog Rufus for walks and enjoying her nan’s company is just what she needs to take stock of her life.  Sam didn’t expect a life changing event in her personal life to cause her some more heartache and decisions need to be made personally and possibly professionally.  Whilst in the village Sam makes an acquaintance with the new village Vet Joe Bradley who ruffles feathers with his animal owners but has the most wonderful charm and patience with their animals.  This man seems an enigma to Sam, one minute she is so alarmed with his rudeness and the next she is swooning over his kindness to the animals.

Escape to the Country has left me wanting more and I can’t wait to read the next (and all) in the series.  We are left with questions unanswered and situations need to be resolved.  This start to the series which sets to be a wonderful feel good romance is full of charm, gorgeous countryside coastal settings, life’s struggles in a more serene setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, characters to learn and love and animals to fill your heart.  Perfect read to start the New Year with.  5/5*

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel.

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