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New Release Book Review: The Vet’s Country Holiday by Lily Malone

Title: The Vet’s Country Holiday

Author: Lily Malone

Published: March 30th 2022

Publisher: Mira – AU

Pages: 384

Genres:  Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

RRP: $29.99

Rating: 4 stars

One irrepressible city girl plus a by-the-numbers accountant = a tricky equation…

For city vet Isabella Passmore, the opportunity to pet-sit in the country knocks at the perfect time. Bring on that fresh air! But after three days of holiday bliss, Izzy is bored silly. If the air gets any cleaner, she’ll start slinging mud. Then she gets offered work in the second-hand shop. Saved!

Maybe.

It’s been years since Elliot Field’s parents rolled out the red carpet, but Elliot only needs one day to learn that this welcome mat comes with strings. His parents’ new business is sinking, and they expect him to fix their financial problems.

To prepare for the week from hell, he’ll need a mug that’s not steeped in bad memories, but nothing could prepare him for the employee he encounters at the second-hand shop.

For Izzy, pursuing Elliot is a most welcome diversion from walking another lap of town with the dog. For Elliot, their random encounters add up to the sum of much bigger things.

He’s always been a numbers man and he’s kept his heart locked away, but in irrepressible Izzy, is Elliot’s number finally up?

Review:

‘People were so nice in the country.’

In a series that has spanned four great quintessential rural romance adventures, The Vet’s Country Holiday is the latest title from West Australian author Lily Malone. A genial, open and highly entertaining novel from cover to cover, The Vet’s Country Holiday is a story that I would happily recommend to all readers.

The Vet’s Country Holiday invites the audience to follow a city vet named Isabella Passmore as she makes a tree change from the city to the country. Despite the tranquil and serene atmosphere of Chalk Hill, Izzy soon finds that she is bored. When a local second-hand shop offers her some work, Izzy laps up the opportunity.  When Izzy crosses paths with a local man named Elliot sparks soon fly. But Elliot is keen to stay closely guarded, he cannot open his heart up to a new romance. Will Elliott be able to resist Izzy’s charms?

It’s always a genuinely pleasurable experience to read a Lily Malone novel, it’s like catching up with a dear friend. The Vet’s Country Holiday was a warm, inviting and easy-going story. I loved the chance to return to familiar soil after my previous positive reading experiences in Chalk Hill.

I loved getting acquainted with Izzy and Elliot, the leads of this new tale from Lily Malone. They are quite different personality wise, but they seemed to click together well as this love story progressed. Elliot is definitely a kind but guarded man. The past history involving a traumatic incident from his childhood that has shaped Elliot’s world view and frame of mind was intriguing. I really appreciated this area of the novel and I think Malone handled the serious tones of the novel well. On a lighter note Izzy is full of life, she had a great sense of energy and buzz that I found quite infectious. Pairing a city vet and an accountant together was a great narrative device. The romance aspect of The Vet’s Country Holiday was very satisfying.

Alongside the engaging love story there is a strong focus on community relations and life in general in the country which always appeals to this suburban dweller! I get to daydream about life in a small rural township like Chalk Hill thanks to Lily Malone’s immersive writing. The various community members of Chalk Hill are represented well by Malone and it is always so enjoyable to be able be a integral part of their colourful adventures! The animal folk in this novel are truly fantastic and I thought that they really contributed to a sense of fun and frivolity in this tale. It’s never a dull moment when you pick up a Lily Malone novel!

The Vet’s Country Holiday by Lily Malone was published on 30th March 2022 by Mira – AU. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The Vet’s Country Holiday, Lily Malone, visit here.

*I wish to thank Harlequin Australia for providing me with a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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